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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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  • 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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  • Success factors of strategic business units in the electronics and computers industry

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):300 - 304
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    Data on the business activity and its results, and the business strategy adopted by the business unit (using Miles and Snow typology), were gathered and analyzed to explore the main factors affecting the success of these business units. The research considered was directed at high-technology business units in the electronics and computer industry in Israel. Two groups of factors that affect succes... 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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  • Application of total quality management to research and development: a historical perspective

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):327 - 331
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    The historical applications of total quality management (TQM) to R&D are discussed. The emphasis is on the relationship of quality tools and techniques to the application of TQM in R&D, providing the foundation for further model development. The scope and definition of R&D are presented, followed by an overview of the TQM philosophy and its associated tools and techniques. Special atte... 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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  • Putting leadership concepts into engineering team practices

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):1 - 3
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    The role of the engineering manager as a team leader is addressed. Positive leadership practices that an engineer manager can adopt with team members are discussed. Recent research has identified five major categories of general leadership practices. The author extends these concepts into team situations and provides practical ideas for the engineering manager. The set of general leadership practi... View full abstract»

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  • Strategic alliance and technology transfer: an extended paradigm

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):265 - 269
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    An attempt is made to develop a theoretical framework which explores the types of technology transfer most applicable to given forms of strategic alliances. The primary purpose of this study is to make the connection between technology transfer and strategic alliances. It is proposed that by highlighting the similarities and differences in both processes simultaneously, one can create a clearer di... View full abstract»

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  • US management faces changes due to European unification in 1992

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):86 - 91
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    It is noted that the creation of a single market by the European Community (EC) is changing the competitive position of firms in member countries relative to US firms in markets throughout the world. In theory EC 1992 will make Europe a more attractive place in which to invest, and this will displace some investment that would have been made in the US. Since investment is a significant factor in d... 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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  • Strategic approach to high technology entrepreneurship-integrating action learning with AHP

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):129 - 134
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    The theoretical construct of integrating a group process like action learning with the objective analytical framework of Analytical Hierarchical Process (AHP) is presented in the context of an emerging Indian high-technology venture. The encouraging results from the first 15 months of experimentation present a viable model for entrepreneurial high-technology firms in general, and more especially f... 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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  • An expert systems approach in engineering management

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):322 - 326
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    The development of a PC-based decision tool for the engineering manager to use in evaluating and selecting the computer-aided process planning (CAPP) system most appropriate for the manager's manufacturing environment is presented. This decision aid is being developed using an object-oriented expert system shell, and has the potential of being a valuable tool in acquiring this computer-aided engin... View full abstract»

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  • Alignment of strategy and human resource management practices in international R&D

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):200 - 205
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    It is noted that firms are establishing growing numbers of R&D operations in foreign nations. The author examines some of the strategic reasons for this trend and analyzes the coupling of R&D strategy and human resources management policies in the international context. Attention is focused on organic R&D sites rather than corporate acquisitions or joint ventures. Cases of US firms ini... View full abstract»

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  • Designing an engineering management program

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):150 - 152
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    An extensive survey of the local engineering community was conducted as part of the development of the Engineering Management Program at the University of Alberta. The information gleaned from the survey, combined with results from similar surveys, was used to evaluate the present academic program. The resulting data provide a basis to discuss questions such as the relevance of local flavor in pro... View full abstract»

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  • Total quality management and comprehensive change

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):4 - 8
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    Total quality management (TQM) does not address all of the issues involved in achieving excellence. A number of other methods (e.g., interactive planning, the viable systems model, socio-technical systems, system dynamics, and organizational learning) effectively address these other issues. These methods are compatible with TQM and can be used to complement a TQM implementation project. Some of th... View full abstract»

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  • Quality measurement in the service sector

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):170 - 173
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    The authors attempt to provide an understanding of total quality management (TQM) and its relationship to measurement. The focus is on the service sector and the development of a systematic approach to continuing improvement of quality through measurement. It is concluded that measurements of service sector work appear to be practical and must be developed on a case basis 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Beyond individual learning-Organizational learning

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):223 - 224
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    Some thoughts from literature and business experience about organizational learning are presented. It is argued that learning new ways of running an organization based on sound basic values and principles is becoming a business imperative. The secret to success will be in implementing organizational learning fully for maximum effectiveness of resources, human and otherwise 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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  • Management of a project to train small manufacturers in problem and process simulation techniques: a strategy to enhance the global competitiveness of small industry

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):253 - 257
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    A partnership was formed between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the State of Kansas to establish the mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC). The alliance intends to assist small manufacturers in Kansas in becoming more globally competitive. The engineering management program at the University of Kansas has formed an alliance with NIST/MAMTC to provide si... View full abstract»

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  • Quality function deployment for large systems

    Publication Year: 1992, Page(s):317 - 321
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    Efforts to extend quality function deployment (QFD) to large-scale systems are described. QFD is linked to the system engineering process, the concurrent engineering process, the robust design process, and the costing process. The effect is to generate a tightly-linked project management process of high dimensionality which flushes out issues early to provide a high-quality, low-cost, and competit... View full abstract»

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