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NOVEMBER 2, 2013 • ISSUE 229

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Dr. Andrew Bargerstock and Linlin Ye Shi at the 2013 Lean Accounting Summit


Linlin with Dr. Audrey Taylor, Western Washington University, Lean Accounting Professor of the Year; Jim Huntzinger, president and founder of Lean Frontiers; and Tabitha Dubois, director of Finance and Administration, Lean Enterprise Institute


Linlin with Chinese students after the 2012 MUM graduation ceremony

Linlin Ye Shi Named National Lean Accounting Student of the Year

Maharishi University of Management PhD candidate Linlin Ye Shi received the 2013 Lean Enterprise Institute’s annual Excellence in Lean Accounting Student Award during their Lean Accounting Summit last month in Orlando, Florida.

The Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) is a non-profit educational association which recognizes students who have been actively engaged in research, education, and the development of lean accounting. Included in Linlin’s award was a complimentary registration at the summit and $500 toward her travel expenses.

Andrew Bargerstock, PhD, CPA, director of MUM’s MBA programs, had nominated Linlin for this award based on her accomplishments in lean accounting. “We are very happy that Linlin’s accomplishments are recognized by Jim Huntzinger, who’s one of the biggest names in lean accounting and who was the chair of the selection committee,” Dr. Bargerstock said.

Linlin completed her MBA in accounting in 2011 and the Postgraduate Certificate in Lean Accounting in 2012. In September 2013 she began her second year of teaching three of the two-credit courses in the Lean Accounting Certificate program.

Linlin says lean enables better communication and employee engagement and greatly enhances leadership. “It’s also a great illustration of how to do less and accomplish more, which is a fundamental principle of our university’s educational approach — Consciousness-Based education,” she said.

In collaboration with Dr. Bargerstock, Linlin has developed case studies to illustrate how to implement kaizen methodologies to improve accounts payable processing. Kaizen is a Japanese business productivity system based on continuous improvement.

Linlin is currently taking coursework in the PhD program and will begin her dissertation next year. She is also participating in the Enlightened Leadership Program and is a member of MUM’s Lean Steering Committee.

This award continues a pattern of recognition for MUM from LEI. Dr. Bargerstock was named Lean Accounting Professor of the Year in 2009, and Manjunath Rao was selected as Lean Accounting Student of the Year in 2011 for his PhD dissertation.

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