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Becoming a Lean University: The Case of the University of St Andrews.
  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 demonstrates that “lean” can be adapted to suit the particular circumstances of an institution. Lean, underpinned by a manufacturing heritage, and the subject of a small but growing collection of academic and practitioner analysis, is readily transferrable to other sectors. This article will show that although the model draws on a common body of knowledge, there is not a one size fits all approach. The successful implementation of a lean where learning is done by doing.

  • Date:

    31 December 2014

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    Raabe Verlag

  • Library of Congress:

    LB2300 Higher Education

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    378 Higher education


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



Lean thinking; lean universities; University of St Andrews; lean higher education; process improvement;

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