Gov. Dannel Malloy recently wrote the foreword to a book titled The Lean CEO: Leading the Way to World-Class Excellence. The governor wrote how Connecticut business leaders adopted Lean Management with great success beginning in the 1990s. He extolls the virtues of Lean Management in private industry and its new application in government. As an expert in Lean efforts in both industry and higher education, I would like to compare Gov. Malloy’s words on Lean Management to the Board of Regents’ actions. You will see areas of remarkable misalignment between the governor’s LeanCT effort and the Board of Regents, which is under the new management of Mark Ojakian and currently in contract negotiations with CSU-AAUP.
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What do Connecticut’s professors actually do?
People’s perception of the work that others do is often inaccurate. This is especially true for university professors. The public in general, and politicians in particular, and even our governing body, the Board of Regents, seem to believe the work that full-time professors do is easy and largely limited to the classroom. Is this perception accurate? Let’s look at what professors actually do.