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ERIC Number: EJ1104035
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2046-9012
What Do Organizational Leaders Need from Lean Graduate Programming
Flumerfelt, Shannon; Alves, Anabela Carvalho; Leão, Celina Pinto; Wade, Dennis L.
European Journal of Training and Development, v40 n5 p302-320 2016
Purpose: This paper aims to assess the needs for a lean continuous improvement professional certificate and/or lean leadership cognate for a Doctorate of Education in leadership focused in three main research questions: "What do organizational leaders need from a Lean graduate programming?"; "What are the preferable methods of delivery for Lean teaching/learning?" and "What are the main learner outcomes and do how these impact organizational and continuous improvement outcomes?" Design/methodology/approach: A survey to 37 organizational leaders in a North-American state was conducted via telephone and email that were returned to the researcher. The survey was designed to target a solid cross-section of organizational decision makers in regard to the need for and type of lean training desired, if at all, for employees. Using a mixed methods approach, the survey was designed to collect both qualitative and quantitative information. Findings: Respondents indicated that lean continuous improvement thinking and lean process-project management were most the desirable content options. The method of delivery was not as clear with on-ground and online relying on job-embedded, project-based methods as most desirable approaches. Learner outcomes of mastery of lean content along with the ability to impact organizational and continuous improvement outcomes were favored. Originality/value: Lean leadership education is valued learning by organizational leaders. As so, higher education institutions must be aware of matching better organizational needs with learning experiences. This paper presents a survey that intended to do this in an original way.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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