This 3-day program has been designed for mid to senior leaders, providing essential insights into how to lead and sustain continuous improvement across organisations or divisional units. A key takeaway for each participant is a 12-18 month strategy/action plan, developed in consultation with our Lean experts. Participants gain a strong understanding of process improvement tools and techniques, as well as the critical enablers of change including strategy, leadership, culture and internal capability. Individuals and organisations will gain key insights into the required lean leadership behaviours that will help to engage, align and empower organisational staff in an improvement program.  

Developed by UniSA in cooperation with Lean Enterprise Australia, the Lean Global Network and Cardiff University’s Business School, the Lean Leadership for Managers course delivers cutting edge research and practical tools for continuous and sustainable organisational improvement.

UniSA Business is the only business school in South Australia accredited by both AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) – the world’s leading accreditation bodies recognising excellence in business and management education. This double accreditation demonstrates achievement of the highest international standards across teaching and learning, research, and stakeholder engagement, as well as a commitment to continuous improvement into the future.

Business schools that earn these accreditations must undergo a rigorous review process undertaken by peers in the business education community and industry, to ensure they have the resources, credentials and dedication to deliver first-rate programs, knowledge creation and positive impact on business and society.

These standards support UniSA Business to deliver on its mission, to innovate and engage, and to lead the business education community worldwide.

Program Benefits

The workshop will allow participants to lead a successful Lean transformation program for their organisation.

Organisational benefits

  • Equip leaders to drive and support transformational change that:
    • Enhances service delivery and product quality
    • Creates agile and adaptive operations
    • Significantly reduces operating costs
    • Enables you to do more with less
    • Influences others
    • Improves productivity, leadership, innovation, strategic thinking and organisational learning
    • Improves employee morale and competitive positioning in the market
  • Receive a 12-18 month organisation specific strategy/action plan developed by your attendee with the support of world class experts.  
  • Assurance of high quality, high impact, evidence based programs

Individual benefits

  • Become equipped with the skills to lead a successful Lean transformation program for your organisation
  • Participate in an interactive planning session to develop a Lean transformation roadmap for achieving your own future Lean state, as well as preparing a personal action plan
  • Learn from Australia’s leading Lean thinkers, educators and implementors, ensuring you understand Lean theory and practice firsthand from research and case studies
  • Gain an understanding of the proven elements for creating a culture of sustainable and continuous improvement.



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Key Information

Dates Delivery Location Cost (ex. GST) Who this is suited to

3 full-days

26 - 28 August 2024

UniSA Business 

City West Campus, North Tce,
Adelaide SA

*Early Bird: $2,750

UniSA Alumni rates apply, please enquire for more details.
Discounts available for group bookings.

*Available for enrolments received by Monday 5 August 2024

Mid to senior managers

What others are saying

"The course provides the fundamental approach for Lean organisational transformation. I gained most benefit from the holistic approach of organisational strategy in regard to Lean as an improvement that is continuous and ongoing. The importance of aligning Lean initiatives to organisational objectives including change and people strategies. Practical exercises and case studies enhance the learning of the process and benefit that can be gained, over and above what we think we can see!"

Claire McKay

Principal, Yellowscope



Claire McKay

What you can expect

This three-day workshop provides participants with critical insights into how to lead and sustain continuous improvement. Participants will gain an understanding of why most implementations fail, as well as what Lean really is; and the necessary actions, strategy and behaviours to create a culture of sustainable continuous improvement.

It will include an interactive planning session to develop a Lean action plan that you can take back to your workplace.

Course Outline

Day 1: An introduction to Lean Principles and Practice

  • What is Lean and Lean Thinking
  • Lean models, systems and frameworks that deliver process improvements
  • Key success factors and common pitfalls in managing the change
  • Waste, value and the customer


  • Value driven purpose
  • Strategy deployment
  • How to evaluate the organisation’s Lean maturity
  • Current and future Lean states

Day 2: Leading the Lean Transformation

Process Improvement

  • Key process improvement tools and techniques
  • Extending value creation and improvements along the value stream
  • Value Stream Management (VSM) and Visual Management Boards (VMB’s)

Capability Development and Leadership Behaviour

  • The language and behaviours of Lean leaders
  • People engagement and empowerment
  • The key improvement drivers of efficiency, effectiveness, innovation and productivity

Day 3:  Lean Culture, Strategy, Transformation and Planning

Culture and Mindset

  • Developing a culture of sustainable and continuous process improvement
  • Beliefs, mindsets and assumptions of organisation culture
  • Transformation approaches and choices
  • Strategy deployment and alignment
  • Australian case studies of sustainable change

Interactive Planning Session

  • Developing a Lean transformation roadmap for achieving your “future” Lean state
  • Prepare a personal action plan

Catering: The course fees includes full catering, including morning and afternoon tea. Please advise any dietary requirements.

Learn from the experts

Dr Neil Davidson

Adjunct Lecturer, Lean and Six Sigma

Dr Davidson has wide knowledge and experience of applicable industry standards and business excellence models, including ISO 9000, CMMI®, Business Excellence, Six Sigma (DMAIC and DFSS), Lean and systems engineering and is a certified Motorola Six Sigma Black Belt. Neil’s experience includes the design, deployment and use of measurement systems to underpin and sustain improvement programs, consulting and training for defence companies and consulting to a large resources company to reduce waste through Lean Six Sigma.


Cancellation Policy

The University of South Australia reserves the right to cancel events and issue refunds.  In the event that an attendee cannot attend, a substitute is welcome to attend in their place.  No refunds will be given unless 21 days notice is given in writing prior to the date of the planned event. If less than 21 days the fee can be used for the same course at a later stage, or another course of the same value.  


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