ABERDEEN, S.D. – Dr. Willard Broucek, dean of the Northern State University School of Business
, will be a featured speaker at the Siouxland Lean Consortium’s inaugural conference
on Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Broucek will discuss the application of lean principles to the design and
delivery of a business course. The conference will take place at Western Iowa Technical Community College in Sioux City, Iowa.
The lean business model stresses continuous improvement; respect for people; the elimination of waste activities that add cost but do not add value; and a focus on value-creation for the customer.
Broucek, who has worked at NSU since 2000, is an educator with a strong international perspective. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, his MBA from York University in Canada and his Ph.D. from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.
Broucek has taught and been an academic administrator in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. He has presented papers at academic conferences in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Turkey, Thailand, Suriname and India. He has visited partner universities in Canada, China, Korea and Vietnam, and has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia.
Broucek has taught a variety of courses in management and marketing: strategy and policy; leadership; marketing strategy; business ethics; and entrepreneurship. The lean business method is one of his many research interests.