Searching for the Best Way, Instead of ‘How It’s Always Been Done’

Here's a slideshow of the California Public Higher Education Collaborative Business Conference's four-day reflection on lean management

Photo by Carrie Rosema

For four days, UC Riverside hosted a gathering of the clan as administrators and project managers from California’s community colleges, Cal States and UC campuses gathered to analyze how to create more efficient organizations.

The 2015 California Public Higher Education Collaborative Business Conference drew about 200 participants from Tuesday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 30. The third annual event included workshops, speakers, tours and presentations about lean management.

The keynote speaker was Mike Martyn, co-author of the book “Own the Gap.”

“Many organizations follow dated policies and procedures because ‘that’s how it’s always been done,’” said Ron T. Coley, UCR’s vice chancellor for business administration. “I don’t accept that. Process improvement techniques can greatly increase productivity, efficiency, and client satisfaction and while reducing costs by eliminating unnecessary steps.”

Vice Chancellor Coley handed out a variety of awards for programs judged to be models of efficiency.

Photos by Carrie Rosema

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