Partner network of the Staufen group


Our science partners

The best partners help us to make lean transformation transparent.

We are very happy to be able to present to you scientific partners who have achieved world class in subsectors or in the comprehensive interaction of lean mechanisms.

It gives us great pleasure to welcome you in our Lean Community.

Dr. Jeffrey K. Liker, University of Michigan (USA)

Our partnership with Jeffrey K. Liker covers public events, seminars and in-house training sessions on the success factors of integrated lean management within companies.

Jeffrey Liker is author of the successful series:

  • The Toyota Way, January, 2004 by McGraw-Hill
  • The Toyota Way Fieldbook, October, 2005 by McGraw-Hill
  • Toyota's Product Development System with James Morgan, 2006, by Productivity Press
  • Toyota Talent: Developing People the Toyota Way, April 29, 2007 by McGraw-Hill
  • Toyota Culture: The Heart and Soul of the Toyota Way, 2008 by McGraw-Hill

11-times winner of the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research

Lean Enterprise China, Inc. (China)

Lean Enterprise China (LEC) is a not-for-profit research organization aimed at promoting and educating Lean Thinking in China. LEC is the only authorized organization in China with the intellectual property of books and knowledge from LEI, the global lean leading organization located in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

LEC is one of the 18 country affiliates of Lean Global Network.

Lean Hochschulgruppe e.V. (Germany)

Lean Hochschulgruppe e.V.

Karlsruher Institut for Technology (KIT), Campus South

LeanIng Hochschulgruppe Dortmund e.V. (Germany)

LeanIng Hochschulgruppe Dortmund e.V.

The Leaning Hochschulgruppe Dortmund e.V. is a student initiatives at the Technical University of Dortmund. The university group is a point of reference for Lean enthusiastic students from all disciplines and semesters stages. Founded in summer 2012 the group has set itself the goal of establishing the theme Lean Management in university compulsory courses at the Technical University of Dortmund. It built an own knowledge base to help the students get a deeper theoretical lean knowledge. Regular lectures and field trips provide an opportunity to experience Lean management in practice. Beyond the Leaning Academy offers students a training program. 

Learn more about the LeanIng Hochschulgruppe Dortmund e.V.

PTW of TU Darmstadt (Germany)

TU Darmstadt

PTW-Institut for Production Management

The Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW) at Darmstadt Technical University is a centre for teaching and research in the field of high-speed processing, construction and design of machine tools and components as well as process optimisation and product organisation. Six research groups at the PTW - Machine tools and Components, Machining Technology, Micro-production, Centre for Industrial Productivity, Management of Industrial Production and Environmentally-compliant Production - are involved in research on the most up to date topics. The focus is on research with close links to industrial practice in close collaboration with the German manufacturing industry. "The world of manufacturing technology will increase in terms of its complexity. New materials and new production procedures will give rise to wide-ranging alternative process chains in the future. In view of the simultaneous shorter product life cycles, production planning will therefore entail new challenges. Improvements solely attributable to technological innovations will no longer be sufficient in themselves. The ability swiftly and with lasting effect to establish skills involving systematic productivity management, and improving operational organisation processes is becoming ever more important. In the future the focus will entail work processes being interconnected across specialist skills and competences along the innovation process."

Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba - UNIMEP (Brazil)

Laboratório de Sistemas Computacionais para Projeto e Manufatura - SCPM

The Computing Systems Lab for UNIMEP’s Manufacturing Project develops its learning research activities focusing the manufacturing process development process integration, particularly, the product process interface. Its services are organized in 3 research lines: Product Integrated Development (CAx, PDM, PLM); Monitoring of Machining Process with Very High Speed Cutting; Digital Fabric. The focus is in the applied research and in partnership with the industry. 

“The manufacturing area is a HUB for the companies, and the complexity of this area trends to increase significantly in the future, due to new materials, new productive processes, new requirements of the products and, especially, due to a crescent customization and reduction of the products lifecycle. Thus, the improvements that consider only the technological innovations are not enough to attend the new challenges. The learning of the experience on the production management area, the continuous improvement of the operational and organizational processes, as soon as the productive process sustainability, become more important and fundamental each day to the company’s success. The focus on the professional experience along all the innovation process chain.“

University of Economics in Katowice (Poland)

University of Economics in Katowice

University of Economics - then the College of Social and Economic Sciences - was opened to students on January 11, 1937 when first lectures at the Faculty of Industrial Organisation took place.


By the decision of the Polish Parliament, since 1st October 2010 the name of our institution in Polish changes from "Akademia Ekonomiczna im. Karola Adamieckiego w Katowicach" to "Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Katowicach". This remarkable transformation confirms our place among the most prestigious higher education institutions in Poland.