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Issue 3 • Date Aug. 1974

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    Publication Year: 1974 , Page(s): 1
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  • About this issue

    Publication Year: 1974 , Page(s): 89
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    The first component of this month's editorial is an advance notice for the November 1974 special joint issue with the British Journal R & D Management. Cooperation with that relatively new journal was described in the editorial of the November 1973 issue. The general plan for the joint issue — on the important subject of “project selection and resource allocation in R&D” — was to select a number of U.S. and European articles in a mixture of new, as yet unpublished ones and some reprints. An attempt is being made to include as many articles as practical on actual applications of project selection and related models, rather than to emphasize primarily theoretical or hypothetical approaches. Readers of this TRANSACTIONS and R & D Management will have to judge how well that balance was achieved. View full abstract»

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  • An MIS story

    Publication Year: 1974 , Page(s): 90 - 95
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    The story of the development of an `Activity Reporting Information System' (`ARIS') in the `SQC Engineering' department illustrates three conclusions regarding the design and implementation of management information systems: (1) An MIS originates and develops within an evolutionary context, a constantly changing milieu of organizational and technological possibilities. (2) The realization of an MIS is the product of sustained individual and group commitment in an otherwise indifferent (or hostile) social environment. (3) An MIS is a basis for question-raising as well as for question-answering. Implicit in every MIS design is a concept of what questions ought to be asked. View full abstract»

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  • Effect of delays on the present value of a project

    Publication Year: 1974 , Page(s): 95 - 101
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    Examines the effects of delays in project completion and/or attainment of full capacity production on the discounted present value of a project. The decision-making technique developed in the ensuing presentation can guide a project director in dealing with situations created by project delays and over-estimation of expected demands or a particular product. View full abstract»

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  • Engineering management education — Status and goals of University degree programs

    Publication Year: 1974 , Page(s): 101 - 104
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    By mid-career the majority of the engineers have progressed to management positions. Management programs designed for engineers are offered under a variety of names and formats in many engineering schools. Three classes of such programs are defined and discussed. As a discipline in engineering education, engineering management suffers from lack of common identity. An important vehicle for communication and mutual problem solution is the ASEE Constituent Committee on Engineering Management which has now been officially active for 16 months. Some goals proposed for this committee and progress toward them during this initial period are described. View full abstract»

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  • Technical and management note: A note on the phenomenon of decisional hysteresis

    Publication Year: 1974 , Page(s): 105 - 107
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    Certain decision processes, such as the R&D budgeting process, that involve interaction among individuals may exhibit a bistable characteristic. This phenomenon is similar in shape to the hysteresis phenomenon observed in physical systems. Such phenomena are often difficult to analyze unless they can be broken down into separate, single-valued functions. The type of feedback analysis that has proven useful in analyzing physical hysteresis in bi-stable circuits seems to be applicable to the analysis of organizational phenomena such as decisional hysteresis. Because this form of analysis is likely to be unfamiliar to those whose research or practice lies in the field of organizational behavior, it is offered here as a potentially useful tool. View full abstract»

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  • Contents of R & D management

    Publication Year: 1974 , Page(s): 108
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  • About the authors

    Publication Year: 1974 , Page(s): 109
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    Publication Year: 1974 , Page(s): 110
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  • Membership application: IEEE engineering management society

    Publication Year: 1974 , Page(s): 111
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Management of technical functions such as research, development, and engineering in industry, government, university, and other settings. Emphasis is on studies carried on within an organization to help in decision making or policy formation for RD&E. 

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