After a decade focusing on redesigning modern knowledge-based organizations for breakthrough performance, three years ago we began an exciting new journey. We set out to understand how disruption by exponential technologies was invalidating essentially all industrial-era assumptions about organizations, innovation, jobs and governance.
Classical Lean, one of the high-points of industrial era management science, assumed long-lasting organizations, incremental innovation and long employee ventures. These assumptions were clearly becoming obsolete. A new management science was needed, and as we began developing a new set of principles and practices, we chose the term “Post-Lean” to denote this. The interest in these ideas has been growing steadily, and we have now changed our legal name from Lean Systems Institute to Post-Lean Institute.
Our new task is to develop the management science needed for humanity’s transition to a post-industrial civilization and thereby help accelerate it. We will be providing ideas, practices, tools and data for investors, corporates and entrepreneurs to navigate a landscape changing so rapidly that it will soon be almost unrecognizable.