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David S. Veech

Senior Lecturer, Department of Management Sciences


Doctorial Work, University of Kentucky and Capella University
MS, Clemson University
BA, Western Kentucky University


David Veech is a senior lecturer in the Department of Management Sciences. Veech joined the university in 2013 after serving as executive director of the Institute for Lean Systems (ILS) for seven years, coaching and consulting with clients in a wide range of industries. His research focuses on people in organizations and how lean, leadership, and learning systems contribute to overall employee satisfaction and well-being. He delivers keynotes and seminars on topics related to leadership, problem solving, suggestion systems, employee involvement, team building, and creating satisfying workplaces.

Prior to starting ILS in 2006, Veech was a lecturer in the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He joined the University of Kentucky after retiring from the US Army in 2001. He taught in the Defense Acquisition University from 1998 to 2001 and was assistant professor of military science at Stetson University from 1988 to 1991. He also serves as senior advisor and director of finance for the Compression Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to guiding learning organizations to dramatically reduce consumption of resources while maintaining or improving the quality of life of its people and its community.

Veech is the author of The C4 Process:  Four Vital Steps to Better Work and FirstLine:  A Team Leader’s Guide to Lean Thinking. He holds a BA (International Relations) from Western Kentucky University and an MS (industrial management) from Clemson University. He has completed doctoral work in psychology (educational, industrial/organizational) at the University of Kentucky and Capella University.


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Fisher College of Business
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