Lean Enterprise Academy

Lean Enterprise Academy is a not for profit organisation. Our aim is to develop and disseminate knowledge of lean thinking and practice.

Lean Enterprise Academy (LEA) grew out of the MIT research team that was responsible for coining the term “lean” to describe the revolutionary production and management system they identified at Toyota. This was described in the landmark book “The Machine That Changed The World” by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones and Daniel Roos in 1990. Since that time there has been enormous demand for greater knowledge about lean thinking. It has spread across the globe and beyond other manufacturers to sectors such as construction, healthcare, FMCG, the public sector, services and supply chain.

We help organisations and individuals understand and implement lean thinking. We do this by working with you to define and address gaps in performance that need to be closed, developing both your capability to improve the flow of value to your customers and the problem solving ability of your people so that you can sustain the gains and continuously improve.

We have worked with pioneers on all kinds of business problems, big and small, in almost every type of organisation and lean thinking has always helped unlock levels of performance that weren’t possible through traditional management approaches. Ongoing performance improvement is only possible if you capture and build on the knowledge gained from implementation – the focus of our work is to build your internal capability to make changes and sustain them yourselves.

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