Lean in higher education: A proposed model for lean transformation in a business school with MCDM application
Quality Assurance in Education
Article publication date: 13 February 2019
Issue publication date: 20 February 2019
This research aims to investigate and define the eight wastes of lean philosophy in higher education institutions (HEIs) by proposing a multi-stage model.
The authors have used a specific multi-criteria decision-making method, fuzzy decision-making trial and evaluation laboratory, to investigate the cause–effect relationships and importance order between criteria for wastes in HEIs. In total, 22 criteria were categorized under eight wastes of lean. The study was implemented in a business school with the participation of faculty members from different departments.
The results showed that the most important wastes in the business school selected were repeated tasks, unnecessary bureaucracy, errors because of misunderstanding/communication problems, excessive number of academic units and creation of an excessive amount of information. Another important result was that all the sub-wastes of talent were in the causes group, while motion and transportation wastes were in the effect group.
A road map to guide lean transformation for HEIs is proposed with a multi-stage model and potential areas for improvement in HEIs were presented.
This study proposes a multi-stage structure by applying multi-criteria decision-making to HEIs, focussing on wastes from a lean perspective.
Kazancoglu, Y. and Ozkan-Ozen, Y.D. (2019), "Lean in higher education: A proposed model for lean transformation in a business school with MCDM application", Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 27 No. 1, pp. 82-102. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAE-12-2016-0089
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