ism-sem calendar

  • September 18, 2014
  • ISM-SEM Member Meeting: Supplier Alliances, Strategic Sourcing and Total Cost
  • Location: Marriott Detroit Livonia - 17100 Laurel Park Drive North - Livonia, Michigan 48152
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  • October 08, 2014
  • ISM - SEM 1/2 day Legal Seminar
  • Location: AIAG Headquarters, Southfield, MI
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  • October 16, 2014
  • ISM-SEM Member Meeting: Lean Logistics in Healthcare
  • Location: Location: ITC Holdings Corp, 27175 Energy Way, Novi, MI 48377
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  • November 20, 2014
  • ISM-SEM Member Meeting: Virtual Reality - Technology
  • Location: ITC Holdings Corp, 27175 Energy Way / Novi, MI 48377
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  • December 11, 2014
  • ISM-SEM Member Meeting: Holiday Networking / Social event
  • Location: Location to be Determined
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other events of interest

  • September 16, 2014
  • APICS Seminar: Leading a Responsive, Customer-Focused Supply Chain
  • Location: Schoolcraft College, VisTaTech Center
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  • September 17, 2014
  • APD Seminar: Commodity and Product Leadership
  • Location: Western Michigan University - 32820 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073
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  • September 24, 2014
  • APD Seminar: Strategic Negotiations Training I
  • Location: Western Michigan University - 1903 W. Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
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  • October 22, 2014 - December 31, 1969
  • APD Seminar: Strategic Negotiations Training
  • Location: Embassy Suites Detroit - Livonia/Novi, 19525 Victor Parkway
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ISM-SEM Member Meeting: Lean Processes in Purchasing and Supply
Location: AIAG Headquarters - 26200 Lahser Road Suite 200 , Southfield, MI 48033
Date: April 18, 2013
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Powerpoint of April 18, 2013 Presentation  - Lean Processes in Purchasing and Supply  by Mark Doman - Lean Studies Professor Oakland University    

Fitzpatrick Manufacturing Case Study 

Location: AIAG Headquarters, Southfield

April 2013 
5:30 - 6:00 PM
Networking and Registration

April 2013 Dinner
6:00 - 6:45

April 2013 Keynote Event  
6:45 - 7:45 PM
Lean Processes in Purchasing and Supply
Mark Doman - Lean Studies Professor Oakland University  

Innovation can generally be thought of as cost reducing or demand enhancing. Companies across industries have embraced “Lean” as a cost reducing method to innovate processes based on the elimination of waste.

On April 18th, ISM-SEM will have Mark Doman contributing a special presentation on lean fundamentals and how lean affects both the operations and office environments of the business. Lean strategy requires the use of various waste reduction practices such as stable standardized processes, efficient and leveled process flow, JIT, problem solving, high quality, and continuous improvement to achieve its objective of value maximization.

We often think of the production floor when we talk of lean. However, more and more companies are applying lean principles to the office environment helping them reduce process cycles times, improve process quality, and eliminate waste. Mark has worked with his consulting clients on lean transformation. His focus is on helping companies undertake lean as a journey and not a quick fix.

Mark will speak on lean transformation in business with special focus on administration and key concerns and tactics to implement lean in the office environment. He will spend time in the purchasing function and explain where he has seen special challenges and success in leaning supply processes.

Mark S. Doman is a Pawley Professor in Lean Studies at Oakland University in the Human Resource Development Department and the Director of the Pawley Lean Institute. Prior to joining Oakland University, he had 25 years of business experience with Ford and AT&T, where he held various executive positions in operations, human resources and legal. He has led several major organizational change initiatives throughout his career that included corporate restructuring, Lean Workouts, Kaizens, quality circles, TQM and process re-engineering.

Mark is the author of “A New Lean Paradigm in Higher Education: A Case Study.” Quality Assurance in Education, Vol. 19 No. 3, 2011 and “How Lean Ready Are You?” Target, Vol. 28 No. 2, 2012. His email address is


Meeting Location:  AIAG Headquarters, 
26200 Lahser Road, Suite 200, Southfield, MI 48033,
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