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About the division
Members of this division are interested in advancing their knowledge of lean practices.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Lean Division shall be to support its members by fostering networks, offering programs and maintaining resources that represent their core competencies and/or areas of specialized practice. Read the bylaws.


  • Develop, maintain and disseminate a body of technical knowledge.
  • Provide a forum for technical networking.
  • Be perceived as the voice of the technical specialty.
  • Collaborate with IIE to support the mission of the Institute, provide member value and promote the discipline.
  • Work with the Networking Leadership Council to establish a set of metrics that track Society & Division activities.

Meet the IIE Lean Division Board of Directors!

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2015 deadline for nominations for Lean Awards is fast approaching

It’s not too late, but don’t hesitate! If you, or a colleague has produced some innovative thinking on Lean or has implemented a particularly interesting application of lean, submit a recommendation to be considered for one of the Lean Division sponsored awards. But don’t wait. The submission doors will close soon.

A brief list of awards and submission deadlines:

The Lean Best Practice Competition
The Lean Division is launching its fifth industry best practice award and welcomes applications from organizational teams for the Lean Division Best Practice Award 2015. The Award recognizes organizations for innovative and effective implementation of lean principles and practices that deliver exemplary business performance improvement. The award deadline for applications is Jan. 31. Details of the competition 

Lean Teaching Award
Annual Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Lean Concepts
Sponsored by Lean Enterprise Value Foundation
The lean division's teaching award is given out annually to honor the services of a person/group of people who have developed curriculum and disseminated courses in the subject area. The lean division now invites nominations for the seventh Lean Teaching Award, which will be presented at the IIE Annual Conference & Expo, May 30-June 2 in Nashville, Tenn. Nomination deadline is Jan. 30. More information about award 

IIE Lean Division Student Paper Competition
The ninth annual IIE Lean Division Student Paper Competition will be held to honor outstanding papers in the field of lean research and practices. The papers should demonstrate or describe the use of techniques such as simulation, lean principle implementation, alternative designs, kaizen implementation, etc. Both undergraduate and graduate students and design teams are invited to submit papers. The deadline for submission of papers is Jan. 31. More information

Call for nominations for the Lean Division Board of Directors

Nomination Deadline: Jan. 31
The Lean Division has more than 4,000 members and it is the top division within IIE in terms of membership. It is poised to grow as the division offers various value adding activities for its members including webinars, newsletter, awards and interactive networking. We are looking for motivated, enthusiastic volunteers to continue our significant progress in the future. Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to serve your Lean Division in a significant way. If not you, then perhaps someone you know is qualified to take a leadership position on the Lean Division Board.

Please, take a few minutes to consider submitting your name or that of a colleague.

We are filling four director positions (a two-year term) and the position of president-elect (a three-year term) who will succeed to serve as president in the following year. Please see the Lean Division Bylaws for the duties of each position.

New term will begin on April 1. Board members are expected to be an active participant in monthly board conference calls and to participate in various initiatives, some of which are led by committees working in partnership with the full board. Board members are also expected to attend the IIE Annual conference and to participate in the Town Hall meeting held during the annual conference.

All nominees must be current, regular members of the Lean Division. Students are not eligible.

To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form and send to Pam Patterson (ppatterson@iienet.org) by Jan. 31.

Contact Aman Sapra (ASapra@stonge.com), Nominating Committee chair, if you have questions about the positions and responsibilities. Please consider giving back to your Lean Division.

Feature article

Determine the Future of Lean
Authors:  Dr. Rupy Sawhney and Enrique Macia de Anda 

One of the recent discussion trends in Lean circles and possibly a more relevant question regarding continuous improvement is "what's next". Society has changed significantly; growing exponentially in technology/communication, new regional/national/international concerns, globalization dynamic population demographics yet Lean has not fundamentally changed over the same period of time. Read the full article 

Connect with the LinkedIn IIE Lean Division group!

The IIE Lean Division now has a LinkedIn group up & running! Our group is a subgroup of the IIE LinkedIn group, and is a great place to virtually network, learn, and share with other lean practitioners from various backgrounds and across different industries. We have nearly 400 members and are looking forward to welcoming more members. If you have not yet joined the group – click here to do so. Read quick tips on making this group a value-added resource for everyone.

Submit an article

The Lean Division is searching for new material to provide to its membership. See your article in the newsletter and on the website. The Lean Division Board of Directors strongly believes the newsletter and website provide a valuable service to our membership. Submitting an article 

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Ask the Expert: Lean

Question: Are Lean Manufacturing principles limited to manufacturing environments or can they be applied to other organizations as well? Answer 

Lean Division Board
Volunteer leadership is the heart of IIE and its technical divisions. Contact Fazleena Badurdeen to find out how you can get involved.

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