Lean Enterprise Institute Polska, Poland
The Lean Enterprise Institute Polska (LEI Polska) was founded in 2006 with the main purpose to disseminate the principles and practices of Lean Thinking in companies and other organizations in Poland. Our mission is helping companies to pursue perfection and to develop best managers through the Lean Management philosophy. Our vision is to be the most effective partner in responding to business challenges using Lean Thinking.
LEI Polska is active in both manufacturing and service sectors offering: lean coaching/consulting projects, gemba based public Lean Workshop Program (1200 participants attend yearly), lean training program tailored to specific needs (3000 workers and managers trained each year), lean books published in Polish (www.leanbooks.pl), Lean Knowledge Portal www.lean.org.pl and Lean Management Conference (www.leankonf.pl) with over 400 participants attending in June each year. LEI Polska is also carrying out international research projects with several (mostly European) partners. Projects are co-financed by national or European Union research agencies including European Commission.
LEI Polska team consists of experienced coaches and consultants, former managers in manufacturing and service businesses with many years of managerial, coaching, teaching and consulting experience, all employed on a permanent basis. Thus our assistance in lean transformation process at our business partners can be comprehensive, involving numerous departments of the company and offering development programs for employees, supervisors, managers and executives.
Co-founder and President
Tomasz Koch is president and co-founder of Lean Enterprise Institute Polska created in 2006 whose main purpose is to disseminate the principles and practices of Lean Thinking in companies and other organizations in Poland.
Before starting an independent Lean Institute Prof. Tomasz Koch created Lean Manufacturing Program at Wroclaw University of Technology in 1999. The main focus of the program was to develop a lean training program offered by Wroclaw Centre for Technology Transfer. His team was then supported by Lean Program of Center for Manufacturing, University of Kentucky.
Prof. Tomasz Koch is co-author of the Polish edition of Learning to See, Creating Continuous Flow, Making Materials Flow and Seeing the Whole as well the author of the forewords to those workbooks.
Currently he is professor at the Mechanical Engineering Faculty, Centre for Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (CAMT) within Institute of Production Engineering and Automation of the Wroclaw University of Technology. He is an author or co-author of over 100 scientific papers and articles and successfully supervised 10 PhDs.
He holds M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Wroclaw University of Technology (1980), a Ph.D. from the same university (1984) and D.Sc. from Technical University of Cracow (1996) both in Mechanical Engineering, and professor title (2006). He has international experience both in education and research from University of Stuttgart (2,5 years), Brunel University in London (9 months) and being full time visiting associate professor at Central Connecticut State University.