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The Boston Consulting Group and École des Ponts ParisTech Launch MOOC on Lean Management on Coursera

PARISThe Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has partnered with École des Ponts ParisTech—one of France's most prestigious engineering schools—and the online learning platform Coursera to launch a new massive open online course (MOOC) on lean manufacturing and services.

The codeveloped eLearning course, one in a series of MOOCs that BCG will launch together with top universities, is titled "The hidden value—Lean in manufacturing and services." It gives learners a broad overview of lean management concepts and applications. It also presents the mindset and culture that lean management requires, and proposes transformation pathways for organizations willing to start the journey.

The course provides a unique strategic perspective on lean management, using real business examples from BCG client cases, and covers a range of topics from lean startup to Industry 4.0. "With this course we give an introduction to our perspective on the application of lean management concepts in various contexts," says Daniel Spindelndreier, senior partner at BCG and coleader of BCG's lean manufacturing topic. "This course is highly relevant for a wide range of learners—from managers to students—who want to understand how the topic is relevant for them and their challenges in operations."

Salvatore Cali, principal at BCG and expert in lean and service operations, adds: "Today's economy is leaving a fundamental paradox where, in many cases, high prices do not generate high margins, and customers are dissatisfied despite overburdened employees. This course wants to show that a purely financial view of operations does not help to overcome this paradox. Instead, a lean and value-stream approach may lead to a virtuous circle and a successful transformation."

"Lean management touches highly diverse areas, some of which, such as construction and utility networks, are at the very heart of our school’s expertise," says Armel de la Bourdonnaye, head of the École des ponts et chaussées (École des Ponts ParisTech). "Our ambition is to supply our students as well as professionals with comprehensive and practical training, capable of following the technological evolution of the industry of the future in the long run."

The course focuses in part on how lean applies to services. "Most existing digital content in lean is focused on lean manufacturing, but applying lean in services requires different tools and approaches," says Olaf Rehse, senior partner and BCG's global topic leader for lean services. "In developed countries, 80%+ of the workforce is in service areas and industries where successful application of lean drives a critical competitive advantage."

Worldwide enrollment in MOOCs has grown to approximately 58 million following their introduction in 2008. More than 700 traditional universities now provide MOOCs for their students and for the wider population as well. Because BCG sees digital learning as a critical element in its capability-building approach for clients, it has been partnering with leading players like Coursera and top academic institutions to develop learning content on topics such as lean, pricing, and digital technology.

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About École des Ponts ParisTech:

Founded in 1747, the prestigious French engineering school École des Ponts ParisTech prepares future top executives to tackle the challenges of sustainable society in the 21st century. Along with its highly reputed engineering and urban planning courses, the school plays a key role in the academic, public and economic ecosystems of sustainable development and social responsibility. Its partner-based research centers on four main socio-economic issues, i.e. city systems and mobility; management of risks, resources and environment; responsible, evolving factories for the future; and economics, usage and society.

About Coursera:

Coursera is an online education company that offers courses and learning experiences from the world’s top universities and education institutions. Coursera has more than 24 million registered learners worldwide who can access over 2,000 courses and specializations in dozens of topics, including business, technology, social sciences, health, and art. Coursera empowers learners around the world to achieve their career, educational, and personal enrichment goals throughout their lives. Coursera is backed by leading venture capital firms such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, GSV Capital, International Finance Corporation, Laureate Education Inc., and Learn Capital. For more information, visit


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