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Lean Enterprise Excellence

The Master of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence is an executive education programme providing participants with knowledge, know-how, know-why, and skills in lean enterprise excellence so they can add value as recognised lean leaders and continuous improvement champions in organisations.

This programme is distinctive in enabling participants attain in-depth understanding of wider organisational contexts, cross-sectoral applications, manufacturing and service orientations, and the critical but hugely challenging 'soft' elements. Thus participants examine lean philosophy and thinking; lean leadership; lean strategy deployment and hoshin kanri; systems thinking, the learning organisation, and knowledge management; organisational culture and employee engagement; and change management and lean transformation.

The programme provides a balanced approach between the academic and the practical, and includes extensive industry collaboration via live-laboratory projects; site visits; guest speakers; and contributors to ongoing events. There is extensive and deep peer learning amongst and between participants from diverse services and manufacturing sectors, and from public and private organisations at various stages of their respective lean journeys. Via various academic paper assignments and the research dissertation project, the programme advances participants’ research and writing skills, as well as their knowledge-base on contemporary lean thinking, management, and exemplary practices.

Graduates have gone on to advance themselves to key positions as site Lean/Continuous Improvement/Operational Excellence Leaders/Champions; many have been headhunted by other organisations; and some have become Lean Consultants/Trainers.

Entry requirements

To be considered for entry onto the Master of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

•Applicants should have a Level 8 qualification, in any discipline, along with a minimum of 3 years’ relevant industry experience; and where applicants do not have a previous Level 8 qualification they will be considered on the basis of a recognition of prior learning (RPL) application to a Level 8 standard or equivalent and provided they have a minimum of 5 years’ relevant industry experience.

•Applicants for whom English is not their first language are required to present evidence of competence that meet the Institute’s English Language Requirements for Postgraduate Programmes.

Duration

2 years part-time

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

Ireland is a recognised global leader in Lean and Operational Excellence and there thus exists a high demand nationally and internationally for graduates with Lean knowledge, know-how, and skills. Graduates of the WIT Master of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence will be highly valued within their employer organisations, and highly sought-after in general.

In addition to the extensive knowledge acquired, the applied nature of the programme and real-world individual and group problem-solving provides participants with invaluable experience and skills, and ensures they are workplace-ready. The vast majority of programme participants are employer-funded, and this reflects the importance that organisations place on developing their people in Lean.

Graduates have gone on to advance themselves to key positions as site Lean/Continuous Improvement/Operational Excellence Leaders/Champions. Many have been headhunted by other organisations; and some have become Lean Consultants/Trainers.

Graduates interested in advancing an academic/research path in this space can undertake a Doctoral (Level 10) programme via a structured Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or via the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA).

Further enquiries

Mr. Darrin Taylor
Lecturer in Management &
Co-Director of the Lean Enterprise Excellence Group
Tel: 051 834 129
Email: DTAYLOR@wit.ie

Mr. Aidan Walsh
Lecturer in Management
Tel: 051 845 631
Email: AWALSH@wit.ie

Subjects taught

Semester 1 (Sep - Dec)
Lean Enterprise Excellence
Lean Strategy & Sustainability
Lean Tools & Techniques 1
Lean Business Analytics 1

Semester 2 (Jan - Apr)
Lean Engagement
Lean Transformation
Lean Tools & Techniques 2
Lean Business Analytics 2

Semester 3 (May - Sep)
Continuous Improvement Project (CIP) (20 Credits)

Note that Semester 1 and 2 modules are 5 Credits each.

Year 2 - 30 credits
Semester 4 (Sep - Dec)
Research Methods & Techniques (10 Credits)

Semesters 5 & 6 (Jan - Aug
Lean Masters Dissertation (20 Credits)

Comment

Programme Delivery

The programme commences in mid-September with a full day comprising initial induction plus opening CIP Workshop. The Semester 1 modules are delivered in block-release mode each Monday evening (18:00 – 22:00), plus 4/5 Saturdays (09:00 – 16:00/17:00).

There is another full day in mid-January for the second CIP Workshop. The Semester 2 modules are delivered in block-release mode each Monday evening (18:00 – 22:00), plus 4/5 Saturdays (09:00 – 16:00/17:00). There is also a full day in mid-May for the third CIP Workshop.

Semester 3 entails a full day in mid-June for the fourth CIP Workshop; self-directed work and independent learning for the remainder of the summer period; culminating in a final full day of CIP Presentations at the start of September.

The single Semester 4 module is delivered in block-release mode each Monday evening (18:00 – 22:00).

Finally, January through August of the second year sees participants focused on their research projects for the Lean Masters Dissertation, which involves extensive self-directed work and independent learning on their chosen research areas of interest. Participants will have the support and guidance of their assigned Supervisors to mentor them through the research and write-up process.

(Please Note: There is an exit mechanism available after the first year of the programme for those who do not wish to complete the full Masters and undertake the research component in Year 2. In such a case a student would exit with a Level 9, 60 Credits, Postgraduate Diploma in Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence. The request to exit would need to be made in January of Year 1.)

Application date

Applications for this programme are made online by going to www.pac.ie.

Applicants will first need to register on the PAC website, and then select the WD597 Master of Business in Lean Enterprise Excellence from the WIT list of Taught Postgraduate programmes.

Applications are invited from January each year for the intake in September of that year. Subject to satisfying the aforementioned entry criteria, applicants will be offered places on a first-come-first-served basis per their PAC registrations.

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