Operational Excellence is a multi-project effort by UC Berkeley to improve operations and save money on the administrative expenditures, so that more of the budget can be devoted to teaching and research. Dean Szeri has been the faculty head of this effort since last January. As he wears two administrative hats, it’s perhaps worthwhile to consider that OE (as Operational Excellence is known) may provide an interesting area to consider in your thesis or dissertation research. Perhaps you have interests in organizational theory, sociology of change or operations research? It’s possible you may find food for thought in a practical set of initiatives under way right now. A very direct way for you to learn about the full scope of OE would be consider enrolling in a DeCal course being organized for Spring semester 2012. UC Berkeley students from the ASUC and the Graduate Assembly are leading the “Deconstructing ‘Operational Excellence’ DeCal” independent study course this Spring semester. The DeCal is for all undergraduates and graduate students interested in learning more about Operational Excellence. Through the DeCal, students will also have the (optional) opportunity to serve on OE project teams through internships and interview for paid positions. This two-unit course will hold its first class meeting on Tuesday, January 24th from 4 until 6 p.m., in the ASUC Senate Chambers, 101 Eshleman Hall. Interested students are encouraged to attend and enroll. To learn more about enrolling in this course go to the course website. For more information on Operational Excellence go to the OE website.