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Engineering Management Conference, 1994. 'Management in Transition: Engineering a Changing World', Proceedings of the 1994 IEEE International

17-19 Oct. 1994

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  • Proceedings of 1994 IEEE International Engineering Management Conference - IEMC '94

    Publication Year: 1994
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  • In-process inspection and correction facilities subject to errors

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):254 - 260
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    Inspection error is one important cause of consumer dissatisfaction particularly in consumer products. For decades, inspection for quality of product has been performed mostly at the end of production line. Therefore, any nonconformance from product's specification is known at the time they are inspected. One solution is applying in or between process's inspection. This becomes available by the us... View full abstract»

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  • Time to market problems-the organization is the real cause

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):338 - 345
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    Although the process for designing a product and delivering it to the market has been the subject of extensive study, its realization in many companies yields results much later than expected. Studies of this time to market problem largely describe symptoms of the problem, and the recommended solutions do not adequately address the root causes of the problem itself. The authors' research leads to ... View full abstract»

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  • Strategic R&D program selection and resource allocation with a decision support system application

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):225 - 232
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    Continuous evaluation of engineering project ideas for portfolio selection and resource allocation is one of the most challenging decisions that managers make on an ongoing basis. Decisions regarding project portfolios must be continuously monitored and updated due to the emergence of new opportunities and availability of more profitable projects, changes in the technical and/or commercial success... View full abstract»

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  • Quality build-in computer aided process control for the electronic industry

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):261 - 266
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    Quality build-in computer aided process control is very important for the electronics industry to maintain a competitive advantage. Its purpose is to maintain and achieve the target of six sigma quality level. The paper presents the total quality improvement in a closed loop model that reflects the management and operational personnel required to ensure continuous improvement to the perfection of ... View full abstract»

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  • SPC with enable

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):170 - 176
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    This paper describes a set of spreadsheets which perform the calculations necessary to plot control charts used in statistical process control (SPC). The Enable office automation package was used to develop the spreadsheets. The SPC package is menu driven and includes on-line help. A full on-line manual provides program documentation. The control charts are Individual and Moving Average/Moving Ran... View full abstract»

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  • Mentoring in engineering careers: a case study

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):348 - 355
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    Mentoring is a work relationship in which a more senior member of an organization is committed to providing guidance and support to a less experienced colleague. Mentoring relationships have been shown to enhance organizational success as well as individual career development and career satisfaction. In a survey of 57 engineers and managers working at a plant site of a large Canadian petrochemical... View full abstract»

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  • Concurrent design of products for manufacturing system performance

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):233 - 240
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    Manufacturing cost forms a very major portion of the life cycle cost of a product. Also, performance of the manufacturing system directly affects the manufacturing cost of the product produced in the system. The design of products in the system also affects the performance of the manufacturing system. However, a survey of research shows that the research community has ignored consideration of manu... View full abstract»

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  • The heuristic analysis of the diffusion

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):123 - 130
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    The principles of the heuristic analysis are presented in the form of the heuristic diffusion model. The model is based on the theoretical issues of mathematical diffusion models. It specifies the life cycle of an innovation, defines typical features of diffusion phases and some features of the diffusion as a phenomenon. The heuristic model is a tool that increases understanding of the complicated... View full abstract»

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  • Managing technical people, more than just technology

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):377 - 379
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    The author describes how there are many challenges in the management of technical employees. These challenges include more than just technology. He argues that management must also explain business decisions, address group dynamics and understand the personalities of technical employees View full abstract»

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  • Transferring software engineering methods to VLSI-design: a statistical approach

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):267 - 273
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    The possibilities of VLSI technology grow by a factor of 100 per decade. In parallel, design efficiency has been increased only by a factor 30 per decade, so major problems in the development of complex systems have been shifted from controlling new technologies to the management of the design process itself. Classical design methods tend to fail for VLSI circuits with increasing complexity, often... View full abstract»

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  • Horizontal R&D management

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):142 - 148
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    Technology-based corporations are facing a different business environment in the 1990s. This new business climate is being driven by complex, horizontally managed organizations and decision processes; global technology development; shorter product life cycles; increased R&D costs and risks; and limited resources. Global surveys of major technology-based companies have indicated that there is a... View full abstract»

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  • Leadership connections: communication, diversity and creativity

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):13 - 17
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    The ability to innovate is one of the main factors that distinguish successfully led enterprises from mediocre ones. Innovation depends on the application of individual and team creativity to the task at hand. Creativity in the team depends on open communication as well as understanding of ourselves and our diversity. We present fresh insights into the essence of interpersonal communication, borro... View full abstract»

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  • A facilitated, graphics and Monte Carlo based predictive project process

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):177 - 184
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    In order to successfully manage a typical high tech project, the project team must treat the project process as a design object. The development of an effective predictive process is a key element of any such project process. An effective predictive process is simply a structured method for creating a reasonable degree of predictability about time to market, cost and resource requirements for alte... View full abstract»

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  • Selection of executives through in-house recruitment

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):356 - 359
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    Often, the best way to select the proper executive is from within the company itself. The key for the utilization of this potential is simple: encourage sound competitiveness; establish a program for development and guidance in the managerial career; find employees with a profile suitable to the present and future needs of the company; believe in in-house human potential; offer the opportunity of ... View full abstract»

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  • An estimation procedure to detect and remove unintentional judgemental bias (UJB) in the analytic hierarchy process methodology

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):241 - 248
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    This paper provides an estimation procedure to detect and to remove unintentional judgmental bias (UJB) in the analytical hierarchy process (AHP) methodology for multicriteria decision making (MCDM). UJB reflects a “cyclical hierarchy” because of the existence of a structural dependence of alternatives on criteria. This violates the principle of hierarchic composition embodied in the A... View full abstract»

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  • Analyzing the technology acquisition process in the electronics industry of the silicon forest: a survey

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):131 - 134
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    This report presents the results of a research project on technology acquisition in the electronics industry. The objective of this research was to identify the alternatives used for technology acquisition and then to explain the implications of the various alternatives. For the purpose of this study, technology acquisition has been defined as “obtaining and adapting new technologies through... View full abstract»

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  • Quality function deployment: implementation considerations for the engineering manager

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):2 - 6
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    Quality function deployment (QFD) is a structured process/toolset for defining the `customer requirements' in the design and improvement of products, processes and services. Users of QFD report improved quality in products and in management of processes. While there is an abundance of literature on the mechanics and application of QFD to design of specific products, there is a shortcoming in the a... View full abstract»

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  • The role of the technical supervisor in creating and maintaining the optimal environment for university-based research

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):380 - 387
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    The university-based scientific research laboratory is a complex, dynamic entity which is comprised of a team of enthusiastic and interesting individuals who increasingly differ considerably in their backgrounds and psychological/sociological dispositions. The purpose of this presentation is to explore the role that the technical supervisor performs in facilitating the formation and maintenance of... View full abstract»

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  • Activity-based costing: a model for implementing change

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):396 - 400
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    This paper presents a framework suggested by Kurt Lewin (1951) for analyzing the change process in activity-based costing (ABC) context. Specifically, the factors for change and the resistance to change at individual and organizational levels are discussed. The paper also suggests ways to overcome the resistance to change, and a model for implementing ABC based on the action research model. Four m... View full abstract»

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  • A process for organizational learning

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):407 - 414
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    The authors explain a process they have enacted several times for facilitating so called “organizational learning”. They show how the process is based on the authors' current understanding of the concept referred to as organizational learning. Finally, they advocate future participatory action research whereby organizational learning theory is tested and modified through the design, en... View full abstract»

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  • Quality management in an engineering firm environment

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):34 - 39
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    Engineering firms find themselves in the middle of the quality movement. Clients want quality services and products. More than that, clients of engineering firms want evidence that engineering firms are improving internal quality while reducing fees to the clients. There is a shift from thinking high quality engineering services means high costs, to a demand for higher quality at lower prices. The... View full abstract»

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  • QFD at Loral Aeronutronic

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):64 - 71
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    Engineering organizations that want to improve their processes, develop new procedures, or reengineer systems must look to their internal and external customers. They need to be intimately familiar with the needs and wants of those who receive their products and services. Too often organizations and their management assume they already know, or worse yet, never think to ask the question before mov... View full abstract»

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  • Saaty's AHP with inner dependent hierarchy and the choice of key industries

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):274 - 279
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    In China, the choice of key industries (KI) is one of the most important issues for administrative authorities and is also an important topic in economics. In China, this task is carried out in two ways: one is on the basis of decision-maker's own experiences; the other is based on criteria raised by economics. Both methods are far from satisfactory. The author has used the simple analytical hiera... View full abstract»

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  • Development of a STEP based information model for a casting process

    Publication Year: 1994, Page(s):204 - 211
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    The standard for the exchange of product model data (STEP) is an effort geared towards facilitating the computer-readable exchange of the total information used to define an industrial product. STEP is being released as a set of inter-related parts. Application protocols, the 200-series parts, describe the use of integrated resources satisfying the scope and information requirements for a specific... View full abstract»

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