The Lean Enterprise Institute is a learning and sharing, mission driven non-profit organization with the goal of spreading lean thinking and practice throughout the World. LEI was founded by James P. Womack in 1997 (co-author of worldwide known lean books Lean Thinking and The Machine That Changed the World).
The local institutes are affiliates of the Lean Global Network with Headquarters in Boston, USA. The 18 Lean Global Network Affiliates support lean transformation around the World by developing lean practitioners and leaders through education, coaching, action research, events and learning materials. Lean Enterprise Institute Hungary – the 18th Affiliate of LGN – was founded in 2011.