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  • PICMET '99: Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology. Proceedings Vol-1: Book of Summaries (IEEE Cat. No.99CH36310)

    Publication Year: 1999
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  • Continuous improvement in a captive shop environment

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Summary form only given as follows. This paper documents a process of ongoing, continuous improvement within a captive shop environment using the theory of constraints (TOC). Six cycles of finding and eliminating the constraint to improvement are discussed. The application of the "thinking processes" provided a clear, long lasting focus for Boeing's Printed Circuit Board Center. The improvements c... View full abstract»

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  • Author index

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):567 - 571
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  • Technology and rural development: assessing technology needs of the Southeastern Anatolia Project in Turkey

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Summary form only given. Governments of most countries are focusing on the development of the rural areas in their countries with the aim of eliminating income and opportunity inequality in these regions. The Southeastern Anatolia Project of Turkey is a major regional development project. Many private and public institutions either have carried or are still carrying out research studies related to... View full abstract»

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  • Innovation process in a diversity context: diffusion of material innovations in packaging industry

    Publication Year: 1999
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    This paper tries to analyze the configuration of technological learning in a diversity context, in the case of the French packaging industry. It suggests an analysis based on the concept of learning-by-connecting, which tries to illustrate, within a sectoral system of innovation, the determinants of the technological learning mechanisms. The innovation process in a diversity context seems to be in... View full abstract»

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  • A high performance work system: definitions, concepts, and practices

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Based on a review of the literature, we have developed a prescriptive framework of a high performance work system (HPWS) and compared it to actual practices. We define a HPWS as a systemic approach to organizational design that seeks to align the organization and its environment as well as align the organisational structure, systems, and processes using team structures to achieve operational effec... View full abstract»

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  • Lebanon's readiness to adopt robotics technology: an assessment

    Publication Year: 1999
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    The purpose of this paper is to assess the Lebanon's readiness towards the implementation of new technologies namely, robotics technology. The approach assesses the Lebanese industrialist managers' attitude and literacy in this field. The reason is that technology management is the top management responsibility. If there is no comprehension and understanding of the technology to adopt, then failur... View full abstract»

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  • Issues in the planning of strategic information systems: an exploratory study

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Summary form only given. The present study has been an attempt to understand the dimensions of SIS planning issues and to identify the trends in the importance given to the various dimensions in planning of SIS by the Indian industry. A conceptual framework for understanding the dimensions of SIS planning issues was conceived. Seven measures have been identified and a construct was developed. The ... View full abstract»

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  • Reorganization of an industrial R&D center: a case study

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    Summary form only given. In this paper, we discuss the needs and results of an organizational change in an R&D department which has a project based matrix organization, and share the experiences of our reorganization practice. The R&D center had a lean organization, there were only three hierarchical levels. There were two managers reporting to the R&D head. The system manager was resp... View full abstract»

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  • The Taiwanese system of innovation in the information industry

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Technology management can be studied at different units and levels. The literature has documented at least a hierarchy of four levels-functional (Chou, 1995), firm (Robertson and Gatignon, 1998), industry (Carlsson, and Stankiewics, 1991) and national analysis (Kitschelt, 1991). This paper concentrates on the industry level with an emphasis on the national system at large (Porter, 1990). The objec... View full abstract»

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  • Outsourcing technology for new product development

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    Summary form only given as follows. We are living in the era of globalization, economic liberalization and technological innovation that are affecting all facets of life, for example, industries, education, commerce and entertainment. The management of information is now of vital importance for any business. There are now tremendous attempts to revolutionize industries using information technology... View full abstract»

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  • Outsourcing and the development of competencies

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    Summary form only given. This paper aims to establish a number of conceptual guidelines for the use of suppliers in the company's competence development activities. The paper develops preliminary guidelines for the use of suppliers in the competence development activities. The considerations in the paper are based in a knowledge-based perspective of a competence, emphasizing that a competence cons... View full abstract»

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  • System engineering management for high technology industries in developing countries

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Summary form only given. The paper discusses the evolution and implementation of the system engineering process in the South African defense industry while subject to international sanctions. The paper describes the relatively fast evolution to maturity of a process with which the design and development, as well as the commissioning of complex weapon systems, had to be accomplished with very limit... View full abstract»

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  • Primal and dual DEA measures of capacity utilization

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    Summary form only given as follows. This paper extends earlier work on specification of output capacity and utilization in an output oriented data envelopment analysis (DEA) framework (which we refer to as primal approach) to what we call a dual approach, which introduces input prices and cost. This provides a link to the traditional measures of capacity in the economics literature based on cost f... View full abstract»

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  • Growing pains: introducing EDI in Mexico

    Publication Year: 1999
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    In today's highly dynamic, unpredictably changing business environment, Mexican firms are facing the challenge of introducing electronic data interchange (EDI) for survival and for competitiveness. Results of research conducted to identify the barriers for EDI adoption in Mexican industry reveals that the main reason for the adoption is the pressure of major business partners and that most frequen... View full abstract»

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  • Pattern for capital and knowledge accumulation in the technology-based firms

    Publication Year: 1999
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    To realize self-reliant innovation, competencies and dynamic capabilities must be built at the firm level. The experiences of leading companies show the importance of the combination and organization of present and future sets of technological competencies. As a developing country, the process of competencies accumulation in China is different from those countries that are scientifically and techn... View full abstract»

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  • Product definition for effective customer order processing: a customer-oriented approach

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Product definition in custom order processing is a set of mappings translating individual customer needs into product design specifications. As an attempt to address the problems of product definition, a customer-oriented approach is proposed in this paper to capture individual customer requirements precisely and rapidly in order to specify custom product View full abstract»

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  • Defining computerized business system requirements for small-to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Small-to-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) contemplating the purchase and implementation of computerized manufacturing and business control systems are faced with a wide and complex variety of vendor offerings. This paper presents a framework by which these companies can define their requirements and evaluate the vendor offerings effectively, thereby enabling a structured and robust selection decisi... View full abstract»

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  • Financial product innovation: a strategically competitive system engineering approach to financial engineering

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Summary form only given. The authors propose a two-pronged approach to increasing product based organizational competitiveness within the financial services industry, with particular emphasis on the elements of financial engineering and corporate risk management. Firstly, the process of product selection is modified via the use of a competitive strategy matrix, which has, as its purpose, the filte... View full abstract»

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  • Coping with downsizing and outsourcing: the virtual corporate research lab

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):274 - 275 vol.1
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    Summary form only given. Many corporate research labs (CRLs) have been pressured to downsize, outsource or go out of business vs. divisionalized R&D. The paper discusses some causal factors and some actions that can be taken by surviving CRLs to reestablish their credibility and relevance to the changing corporate scene, including evolving into “virtual CRLs”. It is based on severa... View full abstract»

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  • Comparative innovation trajectories of US and Japan-the case of robotics

    Publication Year: 1999
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    The robotic innovation system in Japan has been undergoing drastic technological changes and now it is at a turning point, which requires new concepts and policies. In this paper, the authors analyze the innovation trajectories of the USA and Japan at macro- towards the meso-level to identify the capabilities and competitive position in a comparative way. The paper utilizes the concepts of a techn... View full abstract»

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  • Integration, learning and continuous improvement in the product development process: a core competence reference model and exploration study in Brazilian companies

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Summary form only given as follows. This paper presents the results of an ongoing study about the relationship between integration, continuous improvement and learning in the product development process. The study was conducted in four Brazilian companies from the automotive industry. The variables were analyzed by a matrix to compare them with the managerial practices and show the intensity of th... View full abstract»

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  • Framework and tools for the quality of R&D

    Publication Year: 1999
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    Summary form only given. Product developing companies search for competitive advantage by speeding up time-to-market and through efficiency and quality of the product development process. Product development is also a critical activity, where failures may be disastrous. We define the quality of R&D simply through its ability to fulfil requirements and expectations. It becomes immediately neces... View full abstract»

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  • Reengineering training for performance improvement

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):333 - 334 vol.1
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    Summary form only given. Training Magazine estimates that 1995 direct expenditures for formal training were $59.8 billion, a staggering performance investment in the human capital of our workforce. Inspired by the Japanese, leading manufacturers now spend 3% to 5% of their payroll for training as a matter of policy just to remain competitive and conversant with rapidly emerging technology. But the... View full abstract»

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  • Financing of innovative technology based ventures-study in Indian context

    Publication Year: 1999
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    A detailed field study has just been completed by the authors in Indian context on the “Commercialization of new technologies-Practices and financial dimensions”. A large sample of 465 units having representation from all geographical parts of the country was used. A few case studies were also taken up for the detailed study of innovative technology based ventures success/failure. The ... View full abstract»

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