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~ Lean Enterprise Research Purpose and Description ~

First I would like to thank you for participating in my research. The purpose of this research project is to identify specific weaknesses or gaps in current training programs and leadership strategies unique to lean enterprise. I will openly admit that regardless of how much I know about lean processes there is always more to learn. This is true of all of us. As so wisely stated by James Womack, founder of the Lean Enterprise Institute, there are no lean 'experts'; only those with more experience. As such, I have made a commitment to continue to conduct research on this topic in order to share my work in both academics and industry.

~ Motivation for my research ~

There is such a wealth of information available related to the actual lean enterprise processes and techniques, but so little research on employee behavior in such an environment. Those of us with some experience in implementing lean methods are well aware of employee resistance to these new processes. The reasons for resistance are numerous but I intend to address the most common reasons for resistance and from this develop more effective training programs and leadership strategies. Regardless of how perfect your processes are, if your employees are not fully prepared, success is unlikely. The same can be said for your managers and leaders. Leadership roles are unique in a lean environment. A transition to lean enterprise requires training on all levels in your organization. Through my continuous research I will develop a comprehensive guide for preparing the workforce for the lean enterprise.

~ Risks, Benefits, and Confidentiality ~

Your personal information will remain confidential. It will not be shared with any third party nor will sensitive information be disclosed in my findings. I will maintain information submitted by participants solely for the purpose of ensuring that there are no duplicate entries. This information will be deleted upon completion of the research project. There are no perceived risks associated with this research. The anticipated findings will be of benefit to all members of the workforce that are currently or soon will be working in a lean environment.

Once again, thank you for your participation.


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