LGN institutes and partners have been active throughout Europe for over 15 years. Currently we have institutes in 8 countries – United Kingdom, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, Poland and Hungary. We have close working relationships with lean practitioners, universities, and associations in Sweden, Finland, Portugal, and Germany to name a few examples. However, we recognize there is growing interest in the region for more lean knowledge and technical support.
Our goal for advancing lean thinking and practice throughout Europe is to identify like-minded lean thinkers and practitioners and facilitate connections and learning opportunities among interested companies, institutions and individuals. Our approach is to provide a unified and coordinated strategy to advance lean thinking in the region through selective education and awareness activities, as well as engage in co-learning projects and partnerships.
Our development activities in Europe are led by Rene Aernoudts of LMI Netherlands and Tomasz Koch of LEI Polska.
If you or your organization would like to learn more about our activities in Europe, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to Rene or Tomasz directly.
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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.
Drs. René Aernoudts heads the Dutch Lean Management Instituut in Zeist, The Netherlands, which he founded in February 2004. Before founding the institute René was one of the managing directors of a consulting firm for almost 8 years, specializing in Lean. After graduating at Erasmus University in Rotterdam he became a lecturer at two Business Schools. He then worked in Logistics at the Flower Auction before starting his consulting career.
René Aernoudts assisted over 120 companies in their Lean journey, both in manufacturing, process and service organizations, and together with his team at LMI he published books on Lean in Dutch and he runs Lean summits, workshops and projects for Dutch and international organizations all over the world. René is one of the four members of the Executive Committee of the Lean Global Network, European Regional leader and leads several international projects. He is the founder of http://www.planet-lean.com. Planet Lean is the official online publication of Lean Global Network, launched in February 2014 with the aim to share the knowledge on lean thinking and practice gained by LGN’s institutes around the world, their partners and customers.