Committee members

Prof. Arnaldo Camuffo

Prof. Arnaldo Camuffo

Arnaldo Camuffo (PhD) is Professor at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, where he teaches Lean Management. An MIT graduate, after joining the International Motor Vehicle Program at MIT in the early 1990, he has studied the Toyota production system and its application in Italian firms across the world and published books, essays and articles on the topic. His latest forthcoming book ("The art of improving. Staying competitive with Made in LeanItaly") provides a historical perspective and state of the art of the Italian Lean movement. Since 2007 he has lead the Italian Lean Management Institute within the Lean Global Network helping several organizations in their Lean transformations.

Prof. Dr. Ralph Kriechbaum

Prof. Dr. Ralph Kriechbaum

After 17 years in industry Ralph Kriechbaum has accepted the offer for a professorship in Supply Chain Management and Value Adding Processes at the University of Applied Sciences in Rosenheim. In the twelve years prior, as the CEO of different German group companies abroad, Ralph has helped companies and their employees to turn around their organizations following LEAN Management leadership principles. His strengths and fields of research lie in the hidden core of LEAN Management and the holistic transfer of knowledge about company leadership processes.

Mike Rother

Mike Rother

Mike Rother is an engineer, researcher, teacher and author whose groundbreaking research and insights close the gap between the theory and practice of scientific thinking in both business and education. Rother is a best-selling author with previous affiliations with the University of Michigan, the Industrial Technology Institute, the Fraunhofer Institute and the Technical University Dortmund. His most recent book, "Toyota Kata" explains the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata, which are teachable routines that make scientific working a daily habit and provide a clear path for leveraging human potential. Rother's book "Learning to See," co-authored with John Shook, is widely regarded as the standard explanation and user guide for the now-famous Value Stream Mapping method.

John Y. Shook

John Y. Shook

John Shook is Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Institute and the Lean Global Network, an association of institutes in 17 countries. As the first American manager at Toyota's headquarters in Japan, Shook helped the company transfer its production and management systems around the world. Shook is former director of the University of Michigan Japan Technology Management Program, and faculty of the university‘s Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering..

Shook has written or co-authored several classic books and articles on Lean management, including LEI's classic "Learning to See" workbook that established value-stream mapping as the tool used around the world to redesign production systems, and "Managing to Learn" which described for the first time the dynamics of Lean management and leadership.

Prof. Peter Ward

Prof. Peter Ward

Peter Ward is Professor of Operations Management and holds the Richard M. Ross Chair in Management at Ohio State University's Max M. Fisher College of Business, located in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Peter is also Chair of the Department of Management Sciences at Fisher College. He is the first president of the Lean Education Academic Network (LEAN), a global community of university educators dedicated to teaching systems thinking in universities. Peter is Academic Director of Fisher's Master of Business Operational Excellence (MBOE) program, an innovative degree program aimed at mid-career professionals involved in transforming their organizations through operational excellence. Peter is Co-Director of the Center for Operational Excellence at Ohio State, a consortium of more than thirty companies dedicated to excellence and thought leadership in operations.

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