Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

2004 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings


9.565.1 - 9.565.9

Conference Name

ASEE 2004 Annual Conference and Exposition


Lean Manufacturing is a powerful philosophy that advocates minimization of waste within an organization. The adoption of Lean Manufacturing philosophy by major manufacturers has created a demand for qualified personnel in this area. A training program in Lean Enterprise was developed by Old Dominion University for the Apprentice School at Northrop Grumman Newport News. Physical simulation activities are an integral part of this training program. Simulation activities related to shipbuilding operations have been incorporated in the Lean training course. These activities have been used in the Business Operations course for three semesters. Results show increased student participation and better understanding of lean concepts. The paper discusses the structure of the simulation activities and their effect on learning of Lean concepts. The paper also discusses measurement of performance metrics to evaluate the impact of lean concepts. An attitudinal survey has been developed to assess the impact of the training program on student's thinking.


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Original Publication Citation

Verma, A. K., Hughes, J., & Christman, S. (2004). Enhancing instruction in lean manufacturing through development of simulation activities in shipbuilding operations. Paper presented at the 2004 ASEE Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.