[Proceedings] 1992 International Engineering Management Conference

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  • Achieving a system operational availability requirement (ASOAR) model

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):275 - 279
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    The achieving a system operational availability requirement (ASOAR) model is a macroanalysis analytic tool that estimates optimal end item operational availabilities from the system requirement. A system operational availability (Ao) requirement is a quantitative expression of user need. Ao represents the probability that an item will be in an operable or committable condition at any random point ... View full abstract»

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  • 1992 International Engineering Management Conference: Managing in a Global Environment (Cat. No.92CH3222-7)

    Publication Year: 1992
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  • A model for the analysis of R&D in strategic alliances

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):313 - 316
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    A basic model for researching R&D management in a strategic alliance, by extending the standard theory of firms is presented. The model indicates that firms with complementary skills and resources in a strategic alliance will be better off in terms of R&D cost, profit, and competitiveness. An optimal level of R&D for the strategic alliance and its component firms is derived by using th... View full abstract»

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  • Integrating engineering and business colleges via TQM

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):239 - 242
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    The authors analyze organizational change at the University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD), in response to a total quality management (TQM) initiative. They describe how the management team has gained cooperation from competing units. This has resulted in cooperation between the business school and engineering departments at UMD, and to some degree between the Duluth and Twin City campuses. This infor... View full abstract»

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  • Managing business change in the European environment

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):92 - 97
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    The author examines how the specificities inherent in the European environment dictate the way change must be managed. Based on actual experience with companies in Europe, he describes some of the pitfalls to implementing change, as well as the measures necessary to successfully achieve significant and measurable improvements in keeping with results-oriented objectives. The future challenges for E... View full abstract»

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  • Multinational technology teams: exploiting business resources

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):135 - 139
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    Team building is examined from a manager's perspective. Metaphors and models, team design considerations, and guiding principles are discussed. There is a profound difference between assigning people to a team, and mastering the processes and resolving the particular interests involved in working as a team. Team building begins by practicing the fundamentals of managing, View full abstract»

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  • Does infringing patents pay?

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):308 - 312
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    To overcome a competitor's monopoly on a product, companies are challenging patents and designing around them. This has resulted in a more than 50% increase in the number of patent-related lawsuits between 1980 and 1990, even though the increase in the number of patent issues was only 46% during the same period. Various strategies of responding to competitors' technological innovations are describ... View full abstract»

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  • Applying process simulation to improve telecommunications services operations

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):270 - 274
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    The authors describe a trial application based on the results of a process simulation analysis in network service maintenance. Specifically, by converting the customer trouble resolution process (CTRP) into a quasi manufacturing framework, they applied process simulation to understand the tradeoffs among the process cycle time, customer transaction time, and resource requirements. Through this, th... View full abstract»

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  • Reducing the role of lectures and exams in an EM program

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):243 - 247
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    The authors analyze the successes and failures of an engineering management faculty at integrating experiential exercises, student reports and presentations, team projects, homework problems, case studies, lectures, and closed- and open-book exams into a model which attempts to practice what they teach. The goal is to better balance diverse educational experiences. Particular emphasis is placed on... View full abstract»

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  • Strategies for building successful cross functional trans-cultural teams

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):98 - 99
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    The role of the planning process in the development of cross-functional, trans-cultural, technical teams both in the US and abroad is discussed. It is pointed out that effective project implementation, both in the US and abroad, requires the integration of plans, schedules, control mechanisms, and people. One strategy for building more committed, focused, and integrated teams is through a highly i... View full abstract»

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  • ISO-9000: what is it? And how do I prepare for it?

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):140 - 143
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    International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9000 is a series of standards that outline minimum requirements for organizations to follow for quality management systems. Preparing for ISO 9000 begins with documenting the quality system of a company using the requirements of ISO 9000. In most cases, this starts with the quality manual, and then leads to procedures and work instructions. Once... View full abstract»

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  • The science advisory committee as a tool for new technology assessment

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):305 - 307
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    The assessment of new technology strategies in multidivisional firms, and the role of the chief executive officer as the strategic decision maker regarding these new technology issues are examined. The rate of technological change has made the strategic management of technology a critical issue for US firms competing in technology-driven markets. It is suggested that a science advisory committee (... View full abstract»

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  • Managing a global workforce: a key for competitiveness in design

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):31 - 38
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    Communication technology now offers the capability to rapidly and inexpensively transmit design documents around the world. This capability can yield a competitive advantage for the architect/engineer (A/E) involved with joint venture companies overseas. However, numerous management, technical, and economic issues must be weighed carefully before adopting a global approach for design. It is conclu... View full abstract»

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  • Perspective of 4 Fortune 500 New Jersey company information systems

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):226 - 229
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    There is a diversity of opinions on the potential impact of information systems (ISs) on individuals, organizations, and society. Four companies, considered leaders in their industries, could serve as models for other organizations. This comparative study of the role of information management was based on printed data, interviews, and questionnaires used within the companies, and on public domain ... View full abstract»

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  • A methodology for customer requirements generation in communication systems planning

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):230 - 233
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    The authors describe a concept where the customer attempts to conceptually design the needed system, with the help of a planning support system. They explain how a user can conceptually build a configuration of the needed system based on instructions from a planning support system for communication system (PSCS), an integrated software tool. Although the approach is applicable to any system, the f... View full abstract»

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  • Japanese development aid and direct investments in Asia

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):125 - 128
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    The transformation of the western edge of the Pacific Ocean into one of the most economically dynamic regions of the world has been propelled by Japan and patterned on that country's phenomenal postwar recovery and growth. These centered on the successful adaptation of foreign technology, a self-initiated program of industrialization, and exports to competitive markets like the United States. Newl... View full abstract»

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  • Using the matrix diagram method to build an organizational taxonomy for a developing multi-disciplinary center

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):258 - 264
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    The matrix diagram method was used to develop an organizational taxonomy for the Centre for Commercial Space Infrastructure (CCSI) at Old Dominion University. The matrix diagram will be used to study and analyze the relationships related to commercial space. The classification methodology recognizes the importance of system integration and the potential for future growth View full abstract»

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  • Educating engineers to manage technology: an international comparison

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):248 - 252
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    The United States and Australia are compared in terms of: (1) the historical growth of their engineering professions; (2) the structure of their engineering professional organizations; (3) the prevalence of engineers in management positions; and (4) the education of their engineers for management responsibilities. It is concluded that Australian engineering education lagged behind that of the Unit... View full abstract»

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  • The role of statistically designed experiments in conceptual aerospace vehicle design

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):211 - 214
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    The approach used in a propulsion system design optimization study for an advanced space transportation vehicles is described. The Taguchi method, based on statistically designed experiments, is utilized to conduct a series of parametric trade studies to optimize the vehicle weight. The role of Taguchi methods on conceptual aerospace vehicle design is discussed. The Taguchi method provided a syste... View full abstract»

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  • Building better management teams through process measurement systems

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):100 - 105
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    The authors review the application of a team-developed measurement methodology in a service knowledge worker organization. The site is a computer engineering support function (Plant Operating Systems Group, or POS) within a large utility, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). A customer focus requires feedback measures for continuous improvement of service processes. Internal service functions req... View full abstract»

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  • ISO 9000: the latest wonder drug to solve the quality problem and improve global competitiveness

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):144 - 149
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    The author summarizes the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9000 requirements, what the standards are to accomplish, what benefits a company can achieve by adhering to the standards, and what the problems are with these standards. Recommendations are made regarding whether a company should join the ISO 9000 bandwagon. It is concluded that compliance with ISO 9000 will not solve ... View full abstract»

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  • Managing engineering development utilizing a general hardware description language

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):340 - 345
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    To compete in a global economy, new strategies must be developed that facilitate entrance into the marketplace, increase technology transfer, and reduce engineering costs. Utilization of a general hardware description language (HDL) will achieve these goals and allow competition in a global market. An HDL facilitates technology transfer and prevents the fielding of an obsolete system. Using HDL te... View full abstract»

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  • Implement TQM and CIM together

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):77 - 81
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    Even though computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) and total quality management (TQM) are treated as two different manufacturing techniques and usually are implemented separately, they are similar in strategy and complement each other in various ways. The similarities lend themselves to a new strategy for implementing CIM and TQM simultaneously, which requires only slightly more effort than eithe... View full abstract»

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  • High quality-low cost solutions to R&D employee productivity issues: situational mediation

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):219 - 222
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    The author stimulates R&D managers and engineers to investigate and explore alternatives associated with R&D employee productivity issues. It is pointed out that managers and employees can use a mediator to design solutions that are sensitive to the intricate details and implementation problems of a particular situation. Training can acquaint the managers with general corporate policies an... View full abstract»

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  • Corporate greening-the global trend of the next millennium

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):111 - 114
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    The author presents an outline of the changing business agenda regarding environmental degradation. He begins with a short analysis of the background for this `new' situation. Corporate environmental audits and total product life cycle analysis are suggested as important strategic tools for managers to cope with the environmental challenge. He concludes with a number of preliminary experiences wit... View full abstract»

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