I can be stubborn sometimes. I know. It can be a negative trait sometimes as a person trying to create change. But it can be a positive too.
One way I have been stubborn is refusing to get a Masters degree in business. As a lean thinker, the typical masters program teaches so much of what I don’t believe that I couldn’t bring myself to want to pay to listen how standard costing is the holy grail of business.
I had a friend tell me that it would be good to learn the other side in order to present lean even better. Deeply understand both sides. Great point. Even got me thinking about it. Then I heard colleagues that did that and ended up arguing with the professor the entire time which caused the class a lot of angst. Knowing how I would probably do the same I didn’t feel like it was a good use of money to go and argue with a professor. Why waste the time and money getting upset? I could use that money for something that won’t make me upset…like a vacation on the beach!
I have felt that way about a masters program for a very long time. Until a couple of months ago. Jon Miller posted on his Gemba Panta Rei blog the start of a new masters program. Boise State University will be working with the Kaizen Institute to conduct a 12-month Executive Master of Business Operational Excellence program.
What makes this program different? It develops a business leaders thinking in continuous improvement through six sigma, kaizen and lean. It is not the typical standard costing finance classes. The finance classes focus on value stream costing and new methodologies to look at cost.
The program is set up in the following manner:
- Accredited by the AACSB, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- 12-month program
- Four, week-long sessions in Boise, Idaho USA
- One, week-long study mission in Japan
- $44,700 tuition
- Worry-Free: books, meals, workshops and study mission are all included in the program tuition
- Classes held in brand new, state of the art Micron Business and Economics Building
- Online learning through the Gemba Academy
If you have ever thought about a lean masters program, I encourage you to check out the website (here). It looks to deliver fantastic curriculum in a unique way.