Lean Action Learning Research Collaborative

CLEAR’s Lean Action Learning Research Collaborative (LARLC) intends to bring together approximately 10 selected hospitals/ integrated healthcare systems with a commitment to lean as an overall management operating system to culturally transform the organization to provide continuous improvement to add value in the delivery of care to patients. Over at least five years, we aim to execute a variety of research projects across the selected organizations, including longitudinal studies, evaluating the impact of lean management on performance outcomes.

LARLC’s research goals are to:

  1. Work collaboratively with its organizational members to develop a lean research agenda relevant to understanding the effects of lean management interventions in healthcare settings and the contextual factors that influence the effectiveness of those interventions
  2. Organize teams of academic researchers to conduct the research identified in the research agenda. Not all research will necessarily be conducted by UC-Berkeley investigators. Depending on the topic, CLEAR will work with a variety of expert investigators at other Universities (see the list below).
  3. Disseminate the results of the lean research through bi-annual meetings at which the research team(s) will present their findings. These meetings will serve as a forum for all participants to discuss the findings and apply the results to improve the implementation of lean at each member organization.
  4. Disseminate the results of the LARLC research projects through publication in peer-reviewed journals; media outlets, webinars and related sources.
  5. Where feasible and relevant, develop case studies of successful lean implementations in healthcare organizations that can be used in executive education and related educational programs.

Click here for additional details, including selection criteria and contact information for interested hospitals and healthcare systems.