The pressure for excellence has been forcing corporations to learn lean management over the past decade or so, and that pressure is now being felt by colleges and universities. Lean Higher Ed uses new technologies, alternative instructional designs, and advanced administrative practices to do less and accomplish more.
Implementing lean management in higher education will allow colleges and universities to dramatically improve the satisfaction of all their stakeholders while streamlining their operations.
This postgraduate certificate program in Lean Higher Education requires a master’s degree in business or a related field, or a master’s degree and related work experience, plus qualification for an intern position at Maharishi University of Management through the Human Resources Department. This program is on-campus in Fairfield, Iowa.
• A master’s degree in business or a related field, or a master’s degree and related work experience.
• Qualification for an intern position at Maharishi University of Management through the Human Resources Department.
Certificate Requirements and Schedule (16 credits):
Fall Semester (7 cr)
Aug STC 508A Science and Technology of Consciousness (1 cr)
Sep-Oct MGT 5853 Systems for Developing Organizational Excellence (2 cr)
Nov-Dec MGT 5854 Lean Management Principles (2 cr)
Sep-Dec MGT 5980 University Internship (2 cr)
Spring Semester (7 cr)
Jan Forest Academy (1 cr)
Feb-May MGT 5260 University Management (4 cr)
Feb-May MGT 5980 University Internship (2 cr)
Summer Term (2 cr)
June-July MGT 5262 Seminar in Lean Higher Education (2 cr)
STC 508: Science and Technology of Consciousness
The Science and Technology of Consciousness (STC) is a basic course in Consciousness-Based education that is the unique educational approach of Maharishi University of Management. Our university was inspired by the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a scientist and Vedic scholar from India. The practical aspect of STC is the Transcendental Meditation technique, a simple non-religious mental technique that produces positive effects on mental health, physical health, and social behaviors. For more information, go to www.tm.org. (2 credits)
The goal of this course is for you to gain experience and understanding of consciousness as the unifying basis of all branches of knowledge. This course provides a foundation for all other courses you will take at Maharishi University of Management and introduces you to key ideas and terms relevant to your studies and to your experience here.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Understand the relationship between your individual self and your universal Self—the field of pure inner wakefulness, unbounded pure consciousness, at the source of thought.
• Use principles of the Science of Creative Intelligence to deepen your understanding of foundational principles in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
• Articulate how growth of consciousness and the study of inner subjectivity enrich education and other areas of life.
MGT 5853 Systems for Developing Organizational Excellence
Maximizing Sustainable Organizational Brilliance
In the past ten years, business leaders around the world have developed new methodologies to steer their organizations towards sustainable achievement of “Triple Bottom Line” success, i.e., financial results, social responsibility, and environmental stewardship. In this course, students will learn about the major programs for developing organizational excellence including Six Sigma, Lean Management, Balanced Scorecard, Continuous Process Improvement (kaizen), and other best practices methodologies. (2 credits)
MGT 5854 Lean Management Principles
Managing According to Natural Law
Through selected journal and website articles, students are introduced to the basic concepts of Lean Management as exemplified in the Toyota Production System. The elements, rules and tools of lean are explored as a methodology for aligning an organization’s strategic and operational plans to be consistent with Nature’s organizing principles. Students write essays and take online quizzes to demonstrate mastery of the material. (2 credits) Prerequisite: MGT 5853.
MGT 5260 University Management
Transformation through Organizational Self-referral
To effectively support lean management initiatives, higher education administrators must embrace new ways of organizing educational processes, support systems, and administration. They must identify the causal factors that drive effectiveness in higher education. They must think creatively about how to structure curriculum, instruction, and administration. Through articles, case studies, lectures, and written assignments, students will gain a solid foundation for facilitating lean transformation in higher education. (4 credits) Prerequisite: MGT 5854.
MGT 5262 Seminar in Lean Higher Education Administration
Knowledge is the Basis of Action, Achievement and Fulfillment
In this seminar, students present their work on projects that apply lean management principles to systems and processes in higher education and receive guidance from their professor and fellow students. (2 credits) Prerequisite: MGT 5260.
MGT 5980U University Internship
During internships students apply the knowledge from their management courses in supervised practical settings. (2 credits. May be repeated for credit)