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Maharishi University of Management undertakes Lean Management initiative
by Global Good News staff writer
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5 June 2012
In addition to several larger successful events, there were some smaller, more internal achievements in the past academic year at Maharishi University of Management. One such achievement is related to the efficient running of the university.
Dr Craig Pearson, executive vice president, said, 'This past year we inaugurated a campus-wide initiative in lean thinking.'
He explained that lean thinking, also known as lean management, 'is an approach which basically gives one tools to look at one's business systems, operating systems and discover ways to do less and accomplish more.'
This means becoming more streamlined, more efficient, and less expensive—all while providing better service.
Dr Pearson remarked that about 22 of Maharishi University of Management's administrative and academic leaders undertook this ambitious project. Since last autumn, the leaders have set aside four days a month. During these days, a group of leaders from the local community work with the university to look closely at several areas and processes of the university's functioning and try to streamline them.
So far, they have completed about 11 projects, ranging from small projects like the interlibrary loan request process to very large projects regarding academic governance.
Dr Pearson concluded, 'Everybody who has been involved has been really inspired that we can step back, and we can find ways to continuously improve and ''do less and accomplish more'' '—in keeping with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's principle of Transcendental Meditation.
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