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Issue 1 • Date Feb.-March 2006

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  • The IEE Engineering Management Feb./Mar. 2006

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 0_1
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  • Courses from the IEE

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 0_2
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  • Who cares about quality? [Editor's letter]

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  • Contents - Vol. 16 Issue 1

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 2 - 3
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  • Demand from Gulf boosts aerospace engineering pay in UK

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 4
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  • Confidence is the key to business success in uncertain times

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 4
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  • Lecturers can apply for /spl pound/10,000 granty to work in industry

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 5
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  • Cardiff awarded /spl pound/2m EU grant to research laser-based tools

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 5
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  • News in brief

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 6
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  • UK-Australia job exchange caters for high demand

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 7
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  • 90% of employers feel threatened by skills shortages

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 8
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  • Through the eyes of Colin Ashmore

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 9
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  • Retaining and developing key staff [Focal point]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 10
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  • Are you emotional but intelligent - or are you emotionally intelligent? [emotional intelligence]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 11 - 13
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    While skills and knowledge are important particularly in the early days of your career, your ability to manage and lead people becomes more important than your knowledge as you climb up the career ladder. Becoming emotionally intelligent will assist you greatly in this challenge. Studies have shown that the key ingredients to transformational leadership are core parts of emotional intelligence (EI). To help you become emotionally intelligent, this paper presents a brief description of EI and its key areas and provides some guidelines on how you can develop it quickly. View full abstract»

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  • Opening up the innovation process

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 14 - 17
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    Recent events have led to the breakdown of the linear model of innovation especially in key technologies such as IT, nanotechnology and biotechnology. An alternative is the open innovation model, wherein companies still manage and assess their innovation process as a series of phases but ideas can come from external as well as internal sources and can enter the innovation process at any stage. This approach ensures the corporation is as receptive to ideas as possible, at all stages of the innovation process, without losing the discipline of assessing them properly and managing their development rigorously. It also allows valuable ideas to leave the corporate innovation process at any stage, by being sold, spun off or licensed to another company. This means that good ideas that the company doesn't need or cannot exploit need not be wasted. View full abstract»

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  • Managing funding for innovative European SMEs

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 18 - 21
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    This paper discusses the importance of innovation and adding value to products and services in order for the high-growth small and medium enterprises (SME) in Europe to remain competitive in an increasingly globalized marketplace. The issue of lack of resources among SMEs can be addressed by allowing them to be part of an innovative consortia where they can not only share R&D costs but also knowledge. This can also provide indirect opportunities for marketing through consortia partners and diffuses the envy, failure and blame culture that pervades European society. The chances of success depends heavily on having the best possible partner-search process and professional assistance in consortium building, which could be pan-European or global coupled with adequate funding opportunities made available by the EC for the majority of high-growth SMEs. View full abstract»

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  • Motivating your staff [positive staff motivation]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 22 - 23
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    This paper underlines the importance of a well-motivated staff in ensuring a continuously maximized performance. While there is no single magic formula to staff motivation, recognizing that positive motivation does not just happen is essential, and creating it needs an investment of time. A good way to impart positive motivation is by recognizing achievement, which may come in the form of a free dinner or a merit-based salary increase and incentive payments. It is also a good idea to juggle a changing range of different influences large and small to create the overall desired effect. However, a manager's contribution to personal development is of prime importance and should remain constant. View full abstract»

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  • Developing fast growth companies [company strategic planning]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 24 - 28
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    Shaping and structuring start-up and early-stage companies for fast growth with a view to a planned exit is a complex and difficult challenge. Companies invariably need substantial help and support to achieve a high exit value. The foundations of success lie in building and sustaining a strong market position achieved by acquiring and exploiting distinctive capabilities and strategic assets. Adopting the right tactical and operational actions to achieve this depends as much on managerial and operational strength as it does on ideas and vision. There is also a strong relationship between investment and fast-track growth. Funding is critical and the ability to attract it requires the creation of strong investor appeal through the demonstration of real substance. View full abstract»

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  • The real art of strategic planning

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 29 - 31
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    This paper outlines four strategic questions and four key tactical questions that will help you improve your business performance. Through these questions, you will be able to see possibilities, important characteristics, and opportunities more clearly. View full abstract»

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  • Temporary agency workers: what are their rights and what are yours?

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 32 - 33
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    Temporary agency workers have been used by UK manufacturing companies to respond quickly to peaks and troughs in demand, greatly contributing to the overall flexibility of the manufacturing workforce. Recent developments in the courts have improved the protection afforded to agency workers but legislation being driven by the European Commission remains the main cause for concern in this area. The manufacturing sector is the largest user of temporary agency workers in the UK. As a result, changes to the law in this area are likely to have a significantly greater impact on manufacturing than on other sectors. The proposed directive commonly known as the temporary workers directive or agency workers directive is presented in the paper. View full abstract»

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  • Skin deep? [quality product engineering]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 34 - 38
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    This paper examines whether glitzy designs and strong marketing campaigns can compensate for poor engineering in consumer products. To a certain extent, these factors can compensate, in that a trendy design can be pushed by clever marketing and sales can be produced. However, the chances of repeat business are reduced by poor reliability. Costs involved in product fixes late in the design cycle rise exponentially as the product nears production deadlines. In addition, manufactured costs of the product are usually significantly lower from a well engineered solution. All these reasons add up to a missed opportunity to maximize the potential profits of the device if high quality engineering solutions are used. View full abstract»

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  • Surviving the information explosion [knowledge management]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 39 - 41
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    This paper presents the emerging discipline of enterprise content management and explains why a capability to manage document based information is increasingly in demand. The ability to manage explicit information in the form of documents, reports, drawings and graphics is a key knowledge management capability and this capability to manage information has increasingly been recognised as a core organisational need. Knowledge management is concerned with providing people with current and accurate information within the context of their roles. the effective management of document based knowledge relies on technology infrastructures enabling people to create, store and access documentation in a timely manner. View full abstract»

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  • Choosing between technology solutions

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 42 - 45
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    This paper presents the results of a study on how users choose between two technology solutions that are nearly identical. In this study, two popular web browsers were considered: Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and Mozilla's Firefox version 1.0. The study brings into light a number of characteristics that affect users' perception of a technology and their decision to switch. View full abstract»

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  • When it all comes raining down [business continuity planning]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 46 - 48
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    Recent events have made planning for business continuity a priority for many companies. Ultimately, the key to survival in the event of a disaster is to be prepared, to work on a risk assessment and an action plan, and to ensure that all staff understand it and cooperate in serious rehearsals and tests. View full abstract»

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  • Business-Focused IT [Book Review]

    Publication Year: 2006 , Page(s): 49
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Engineering Management magazine covers management methods, techniques and processes relevant to engineers, incorporating project management, marketing, finance, law, quality and responsibilities of the engineer in society.

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Dickon Ross
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