BLEU (Buckingham Lean Enterprise Unit)
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.
BLEU Programmes and Short Courses
The Buckingham Lean Enterprise Unit (BLEU) team have been running MSc programmes since 1999 and have built a strong international reputation. The BLEU team is made up of recognised, world-class professionals and all of the programme lecturers possess a combination of academic rigour and real-world battle scars.
Our programmes are specifically designed for practising managers working across all areas of business, and range from 1-day courses right up to 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 our team’s 15 years’ experience running the MSc in Lean Operations previously.
The programme is specifically designed for practising managers. The philosophy of the programme is that Lean can only effectively be learned with hands-on practice. Hence, a considerable part of the programme is held on-site at manufacturing and service locations. Participants take part in real exercises (not just case studies) in several organisations in several sectors. The student group is deliberately small to allow both practical hands-on participation and personal interaction with some of the leading practitioners in the UK.
MSc in Structured Innovation
Launching in January 2018, this pioneering new programme will take talented managers and build innovative thinking into their day-to-day approach to problem solving. Here at the University of Buckingham we believe that “Innovation is a skill, not an act of genius”. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, the course enables students to use innovation in a structured and disciplined way, innovating new products, services and processes based on the core principles of Lean, TRIZ, Design and Systems Thinking.
The ‘future proof’ organisation is one which simultaneously optimises the way it carries out its current activities whilst creating its future direction. Both MScs work hand in hand to develop and enhance the skills of talented managers to enable your organisation to lead the way.
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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- John Darlington, “Thinking Allowed Part One: Once upon a Time in Continuous Improvement” (August 2015)
- John Darlington, “Thinking Allowed Part Two: Inactivity Based Costing” (June 2016)