Here is a selection of readings for which we provided information and case studies that have contributed to furthering Lean thinking:


Authored by Dr Vincent Wiegel, Professor of Lean and World Class Performance at HAN University of Applied Science, Lean in the Classroom is a comprehensive book that focuses on the surging usage of and interest in Lean philosophy and principles within the education sector, and seeks to introduce a holistic joint framework to allow schools, teachers and boards to utilise this to promote efficient support processes in education.







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A 2019 book edited by Business Improvement Consultant, Stephen Yorkstone (Edinburgh Napier University), this is an excellent contribution that examines application of Lean thinking at a diverse range of higher education institutions, both in terms of age with universities as young as 50 and as old as 800 years represented, as well as in terms of location. A demonstration of how antithetical HE can feel to the implementation of practices derived from manufacturing, but how getting to grips with the idiosyncrasies of institutions can harness the best of their dynamism. Chapter 11 is our contribution and centres on the use of  the strategic planning tool BOSCARD.




“Stephen Yorkstone has done an excellent job in collecting a broad ranging overview of Lean improvement efforts in higher education. This anthology is a rich source of ideas and inspiration.” – Dr. Vincent Wiegel, professor and co-chair of the Lean & World Class Performance research group, HAN University of Applied Science, The Netherlands



A formative book by Lean practitioner and academic Dr Justyna Maciąg that examines in detail the issues faced by Universities in transforming ‘archaic, tradition-bound’ practices and points the way to embedding a ‘deep-thinking’ Lean Culture that drives efficiency, is adaptive to change, but is also compatible with stakeholder needs.


‘This deep thinking book tackles what it truly means to apply Lean in Universities’ – Steve Yorkstone, Chair of Lean HE and Business Improvement Consultant, Edinburgh Napier University.


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A 2019 Taylor and Francis Freebook, it is an excellent contribution to the field that demonstrates the relevance of Lean thinking for libraries and how many across the UK are already reaping seeing the associated benefits of its implementation. Each of the main components of Lean are outlined and accompanied by real case studies from libraries, of which one of these outlines our work with the University of St Andrews Library.






An academically rigorous overview of the field of Lean management techniques and practices and introduces their application in industries from academic, through to production and sales. A key feature of this book is that it provides an extensive corpus of contributions from Lean experts and scholars, including ourselves of course, as humble as we are.


“Netland and Powell have done a wonderful job in bringing together the key writers on the Lean agenda. Anyone seeking to dig deeper in the field, either in the underlying philosophy or specific applications, will find much of value here.” – Professor Steve New, University of Oxford.



Based on two core pieces of research conducted in 2016 by the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association based in Oxford, a report that builds on understanding of current efforts underway at UK Universities to embed and implement process improvement capability and Lean thinking more broadly. One of the case studies utilised is that of the Lean journey here in St Andrews, charting both initial setup through to ‘business as usual.’







In their ‘Becoming a Lean University: the case of the University of St Andrews’ contribution to the Leadership and Governance in Higher Education: Handbook for Decision-Makers and Administrators journal, our Managing Director Mark Robinson and Steve Yorkstone, Business Improvement Consultant at Edinburgh Napier University, the means by which “Lean” is introduced to a University is discussed through the prism of the ‘St Andrews Model’, underscoring the way that the approach can be adapted to each institution/sector.






Our very own mini-guide on the Lean journey as undertaken here in St Andrews. A short summary of our history, the methods we have deployed here, as well as nationally and globally, and the success that has stemmed from that across the various sectors we have encountered. Lucky readers can download this book entirely free of charge here!