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Dr. John R. Ehrenfeld

Dr. John R. Ehrenfeld


Dr. John R. Ehrenfeld is the author of Flourishing: A Frank Conversation about Sustainability (with Andrew Hoffman) and Sustainability by Design: A Subversive Strategy for Transforming Our Consumer Culture. He retired in 2000 as the Director of the MIT Program on Technology, Business, and Environment. In June 2009, the International Society for Industrial Ecology awarded him its Society Prize. In October 1999, the World Resources Institute honored him with a lifetime achievement award for his accomplishments in the field of business and the environment. He received the Founders Award for Distinguished Service from the Academy of Management’s Organization and Natural Environment Division in August 2000. He holds a B. S. and Sc. D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT, and is author or co-author of over 200 papers, and other publications.

Articles by Dr. John R. Ehrenfeld
Uncovering Lean’s Soul
Dr. John Ehrenfeld argues that lean as a different way of being is still woefully undervalued in lean transformations today. Here is his take on this misconception and the neuroscience behind how to ACTUALLY think about lean. More »
The Secrets of Lean
"The key to Lean is that it creates understanding, not knowledge," write John Ehrenfeld (Executive Director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology) and LEI Senior Editor Tom Ehrenfeld. "One difficulty in successful implementation of lean systems is that managers conflate these two important concepts.  " Read more. More »