BLEU (Buckingham Lean Enterprise Unit)

BLEU Philosophy

BLEU members and staff come from a wide variety of backgrounds, disciplines and schools of thought but all share a common philosophy and set of values.

Features of our approach include:

  • We define Lean Thinking and Continuous Improvement widely – viewing them as a philosophy rather than a set of tools and methodologies. This philosophy encompasses all key business processes, linking business strategy and goals.
  • We consider that Lean and Continuous Improvement are not just a cost reduction tool kits concerned with waste removal but are mainly concerned with enhancing stakeholder value by releasing or creating capacity for growth and the realisation of benefits.
  • Whilst we maintain that the definition of lean thinking and CI is wide, we continue to challenge and question its relevance and strive to continually move thinking forward.
  •  We believe that it is essential to link lean and CI practice with academic theory, so we continue to bring world-class thinkers and practitioners together with academics to challenge thinking and develop new theories.

lean-enterprise-moduleBLEU Activities

Our executive education programmes range from 3-day courses right up to a 2-year part time master’s level.

The MSc in Lean Enterprise is our flagship programme, launched at the University of Buckingham in 2010 but developed and extended from 15 years of experience at the Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC) at Cardiff University.

The MSc in Lean Design & System Innovation is our newest programme.  This degree is at the forefront of the exciting developments in Design Thinking, Servitization, Lean Startup, Product Service Systems (PSS), the Internet of Things, Product and Service Psychology, and Agile thinking. The mission of this programme is simplicity in product and service design.  This programme is aimed at professionals in  Service Design, Agile, and New Product Development, incorporating the associated Innovation concepts and tools (such as TRIZ), held together with Systems Thinking.

Our short courses are run on both an open and bespoke basis, the latter involving tailored courses designed to meet the needs of specific organisations. These will focus on latest research and thinking to help practitioners better understand and apply the latest lean thinking and CI philosophy, tools and techniques so they can be more effective in their improvement activities to achieve operational excellence.

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