Steve Yorkstone

Steve Yorkstone

Mr Steve Yorkstone MA(Hons) FRSA FICiPS MAC

Business Improvement Consultant

Biography

Steve enables continuous improvement in Edinburgh Napier University, where he works as an internal consultant. In his role he facilitates and runs interventions, from "process reviews" to more tailored workshops; convenes an internal community of practice; and delivers support and advice informally and formally in terms of consultancy, coaching and training.

He is recognised as an expert on facilitation and has developed, in partnership with Svein Are Tjeltnes at UiT the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø, a model for facilitation and associated training.

In 2016 he authored "Lean Universities" in the Shingo Prize Winning 'Routledge Companion to Lean Management'. He edited the book 'Global Lean for Higher Education: A Themed Anthology of Case Studies, Approaches, and Tools' published 2019.

Externally to the University he chairs Lean HE, the international organisation for continuous improvement in universities (see: www.leanhe.org ) and coaches senior leaders in facilitation and change.

In previous roles he has worked with a number of Universities, including establishing the 'Lean team' in the University of St Andrews where he co-designed the Lean 'St Andrews Model' and established their internationally successful consultancy service.

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • Invited Speaker: Finnish Universities Quality Network 2019
  • International Programme Committee: European Lean Educator Conference 2019
  • Programme Committee: European Lean Educator Conference 2018
  • Team Member: KATACON Europe 2018
  • Parallel Session Chair: EUROMA 2017
  • Conference Chair: The LMJ OpEx Conference "Achieving Operational Excellence" 2016
  • Invited Speaker: Committee of University Chairs Autumn Plenary 2016
  • Conference Chair: 6th Annual LMJ European Conference, 2015
  • Programme Committee: Second International Conference on Lean Six Sigma in Higher Education 2014
  • Invited Speaker: Lean Forum Konferens 2012
  • Conference Chair: Lean Thinking in Universities 2010

 

Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member: The LMJ - thought leadership for process improvement 2014 - 2018

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow: The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce
  • Fellow: The Institute of Continuous Improvement in Public Services

 

Date


12 results

Growing a Lean Approach in a Changing University

Book Chapter
Hurley, B., & Yorkstone, S. (2019)
Growing a Lean Approach in a Changing University. In Global Lean for Higher Education: A Themed Anthology of Case Studies, Approaches, and ToolsNew York: Productivity Press
Edinburgh Napier University was a relatively early adopter of lean-type improvement in the United Kingdom Higher Education sector. The avoidance of the term “lean” was intende...

Global Lean for Higher Education: A Themed Anthology of Case Studies, Approaches, and Tools

Book
Yorkstone, S. (2019)
Global Lean for Higher Education: A Themed Anthology of Case Studies, Approaches, and Tools. (1). CRC Press (Taylor and Francis Group
This book collects a series of investigations that reflect the state-of-the-art in the global practical application of Lean for Higher Education (HE). The contributions introd...

LEGO Café: Let’s Build a Learning Community

Presentation / Conference
Ennis, L., & Yorkstone, S. (2019, June)
LEGO Café: Let’s Build a Learning Community. Presented at Learning and Teaching Conference, Edinburgh
Trying something new can be scary. Often it helps to float ideas with friendly colleagues before taking the leap and branching out. We created our monthly LEGO Café as a space...

Building a playful community of practice: Brick by brick

Journal Article
Garden, C., Ennis, L., & Yorkstone, S. (2018)
Building a playful community of practice: Brick by brick. Edinburgh Napier Teaching Fellows Journal,
No abstract available.

Navigating The Labyrinth: A best practice guide for facilitating change

Report
Tjeldnes, S. A., & Yorkstone, S. (2018)
Navigating The Labyrinth: A best practice guide for facilitating change. Edinburgh/ Tromsø, Norway: Edinburgh Napier University
Facilitation skills have been identified as key to successful improvement initiatives in Higher Education. Why is this? What makes for good facilitation? Are there models of f...

Lean universities.

Book Chapter
Yorkstone, S. (2016)
Lean universities. In T. Netland, & D. J. Powell (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Lean ManagementTaylor & Francis
This chapter examines lean implementation in higher education (HE) institutions. There is evidence of lean initiatives beginning in HE in the US in the early 2000s; there is a...

Establishing Process Improvement Capability in an HE environment

Report
McAssey, R. & Yorkstone, S. (2016)
Establishing Process Improvement Capability in an HE environment. UCISA: UCISA-PCMG
Process improvement activity is increasing in UK universities, partly in response to calls for increased effectiveness and efficiency but also as a response to today’s rapidly...

Becoming a Lean University: The Case of the University of St Andrews.

Book Chapter
Robinson, M., & Yorkstone, S. (2014)
Becoming a Lean University: The Case of the University of St Andrews. In Leadership and Governance in Higher Education: Handbook for Decision-makers and AdministratorsRaabe Verlag
This article looks at how “lean” can be successfully introduced into a higher education setting by discussing what has become known as ‘The St Andrews Model’. The article demo...

High Tech; Lean Tech.

Journal Article
Yorkstone, S. (2014)
High Tech; Lean Tech. Lean Management Journal,
Stephen Yorkstone compares the duplicitous appeal of technology and how drives towards new software and technologies can limit improvement to how visionary change has been ena...

A lean course in higher education.

Journal Article
Yorkstone, S. (2014)
A lean course in higher education. Lean Management Journal,