join Oakland University in welcoming Dennis K. Pawley to our campus
Friday, November 8 from 3:00pm - 4:30pm in room
201 of the Dodge
Hall of Engineering (campus
Dennis Pawley is the former Executive Vice President of Worldwide
Manufacturing and Corporate Labor Relations for DaimlerChrysler
Corporation. Mr. Pawley developed a flexible, teamwork-based system
of standard procedures and problem solving approaches that underpinned
Chrysler's turnaround. In addition, he was Chrysler's top negotiator
with the UAW. Prior to Chrysler, Mr. Pawley worked at United Technologies,
Mazda Motor Corp.and General Motors, where he had a 20-year career
in manufacturing management. He is the part owner and Chief Operating
Officer of Performance Learning, Inc., and also one of the founders
of the Lean Learning
Mr. Pawley also owns an independent consulting firm, Pawley Enterprises
LLC. He is a long-time supporter and benefactor of Oakland University.
Read more about Mr.
Pawley's contributions to OU.
What is Lean Manufacturing?
about Lean Manufacturing at the Oakland University Library
"Lean manufacturing was developed as an alternative to traditional
mass production. Mass production
is based on producing large volumes of limited items at low cost
in an environment where workers
perform minute task in repetitive fashions and a separation of powers
exists between management and
labor. On the other hand, lean manufacturing is aimed at producing
large varieties of high-quality items
very quickly in a flexible and continuously learning organization
with multiskilled workers at all levels
of the organization" [from Technology Management
Handbook (Boca Raton CRC Press, 2000) pgs 80-81].
- Online full text articles on Lean Manufacturing:
- Allen, John H. Make
Lean Manufacturing Work for You. Manufacturing Engineering
124 (June 2000), 54-64.
Lathin, Drew and Ron Mitchell. Learning
From Mistakes. Quality Progress 34 (June 2001), 39-45.
Sahin, Funda. Manufacturing
Competitiveness: Different Systems to Achieve the Same Results.
Production & Inventory Management Journal 41 (First
Quarter 2000), 56-65.
Excerpted from Mr.
Pawley's bio page at DaimlerChrysler