• Purpose
  • Leadership Team
  • History
  • How to Join

LGN is a community of lean thought leaders and practitioners with the goal of making things better by advancing lean thinking and practice throughout the world. Founded by Jim Womack and Dan Jones in 2007, LGN supports the members in three fundamental ways:

  • Share knowledge on lean to develop skills within the community
  • Collaborate on joint company projects and events
  • Develop new educational materials such as publications and training

LGN has working relationships and learning partnerships with individuals and organizations throughout the globe. Partners come from all walks of life – industry, university faculty, researchers, member associations, retired lean practitioners, healthcare organizations, government agencies, and NGOs to name a few examples. We are mission driven and therefore our goals are to help others:

  • Provide more fulfilling work and continued personal development
  • Enable individuals to realize and create more value
  • Minimize resource use and environmental impact
  • Improve organizational performance
  • Raise living standards for society

As members of the LGN community, we work together to develop and strengthen our lean thinking capabilities to

  • create value for our customers and
  • ensure the success of our organizations

How do we do that?

  • Action and original research
  • Education programs developed by lean thought leaders
  • Annual summits and more frequent, smaller, focused events
  • Authorship -- Planet Lean, e-letters, Lean Post
  • Participation in annual Board of Directors and regional team meetings
  • Participation in institute site visits
    • Internal business practices
    • Co-learning partners to observe project and improvement work
  • Institute development - annual plan and A3 reflection process with Executive Committee coaches
  • Access to LGN thought leaders to speak at events and lead learning sessions
  • Participate in multi-institute, Co-Learning Partnerships / Projects
  • Discounts at LGN events and on LGN products and services
  • Collaborate to develop new methods to engage with our communities
  • Lean Transformation Model
  • Developing Lean Leaders
  • Lean Practitioner Program
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In response to the impact that institutes led by lean thoughts leaders Jim Womack in the United States, Daniel Jones in the United Kingdom, and Jose Ferro in Brazil were having helping individuals understand the potential lean thinking and practice had to transform their organizations, a community of lean thinkers and a network of lean institutes gradually began to form around the globe.The three founding LGN institutes grew out of the MIT research team that was responsible for coining the term "lean production" to describe the revolutionary production and management system they identified at Toyota, as explained in the groundbreaking book The Machine That Changed the World (Womack, Jones, & Roos).The Lean Global Network was formally chartered in September 2007. Today, LGN is comprised of 16 education and research organizations and dozens of co-learning partners across the globe.


Through its network of 16 institutes and informal partnerships, LGN has a presence in seven regions across the globe and a virtual presence in most of the world's countries via its online community. LGN would like to expand its reach in order to have a greater impact advancing lean thinking and practice across the globe.While still looking to support the development of new institutes, LGN is developing regional growth strategies based on partnerships with local lean thought leaders and organizations that share both our mission and our point-of-view related to lean thinking, practice, and organizational transformation. The LGN partnership process follows:

1
Download and submit the completed 'LGN Application' to LGN Executive Director at jodonnell@lean.org
2
LGN's Executive Director contacts the applicant to review the information.
3
The Executive Director reviews the application with the LGN Executive Committee who then recommend next steps.
4
An LGN Executive Committee representative meets with the applicant, consults with the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, and makes a decision
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