WIT School of Business Seminar on Lean in the PharmaChemical Sector
The School of Business’s Operational Excellence Group at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), in association with RIKON, recently hosted an industry-focused seminar which examined the Lean journey of several companies in the PharmaChemical sector and reinforced that lean is a core tenet of operationally excellent organisations.
The event, which was co-hosted by the School of Business and PharmaChemical Ireland, a division of IBEC, was attended by 160 people including employees from more than 50 organisations throughout Ireland, members of WIT faculty and students from the Postgraduate Diploma in Business in Lean Practice and the Master of Business in Lean Practice programmes.
Lean is at the heart of Forfás reports on manufacturing in Ireland and future skills needs and it is an important part of Enterprise Ireland’s business offerings.
Key themes emanating from the seminar are that organisations must truly engage with the philosophy of Lean at leadership levels, place Lean at the heart of their operations strategy, and develop a culture within the organisation focused on respect for people and committed to continuous improvement.
Commenting on the event, Aidan Walsh, Joint Programme Director on the Master of Business in Lean Practice programme, WIT, remarked: “The significant cross-industry support shown for this event emphasises the importance of operational excellence and Lean practice to the sustained success of industry in the South-East region, and beyond. It is clear that a business strategy that embraces the fundamental principles of Lean practice is considered desirable as a route to sustainable competitive advantage and ongoing growth for many organisations.”
The line-up of speakers included Ms Christine Campbell, Executive at IBEC; Dr Tom McCabe, CEO-in-Residence at the WIT School of Business; Mr Andy Crowley, General Manager at TEVA; and Mr Bill Murphy, Finance Director at Genzyme – A Sanofi Company. The panel of speakers was joined for plenary and Q&A sessions by Mr Noel Hennessey, Continuous Improvement Director at Lake Region Medical.
The audience comprised representatives from a large number of companies operating in the PharmaChemical sector throughout Ireland, as well as representatives from companies in other sectors, including healthcare, construction, engineering and medical devices. The speakers and audience partook in a very lively, engaging, and interactive discussion on operational excellence and the effective application of Lean philosophy and practice both within the sector as well as in business generally.
This event is part of a series of annual events which take a sector-led focus on Lean, in addition to the annual flagship event of the WIT Lean Forum, this year taking place on Thursday the 1st of May.
For further information contact Lean Practice programme leaders Mr Darrin Taylor ([email protected]) and Mr Aidan Walsh ([email protected])
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