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Issue 2 • Date May 1989

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  • On the uses of expert judgment on complex technical problems

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 83 - 86
    Cited by:  Papers (5)
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    The authors place in perspective the role and uses of expert judgment in examining complex technical and engineering problems. Specifically, they indicate how expert judgements are usually used in analyzing technical problems, how to improve the use of expert judgments, and how to interpret judgments in analysis. The value of quantifying expert judgments to complement the expert's qualitative thin... View full abstract»

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  • Impact of quality circles on productivity and quality: research limitations of a field experiment

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 114 - 118
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    A natural field experiment was used in an attempt to measure the impact of a quality circle intervention on productivity and quality in a multiplant food manufacturing firm. The study used a multiple time-series design for the analysis of performance indices spanning 23 months. Uncontrollable factors at the site demonstrated the pitfalls of evaluating a managerial intervention and its impact on th... View full abstract»

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  • Construction risk assessment by linguistics

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 126 - 131
    Cited by:  Papers (27)  |  Patents (2)
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    The authors introduce the concept of construction project analysis by fuzzy set theory and provide a methodology for risk assessment by linguistics. It is shown that the use of fuzzy sets will allow an analyst to communicate degrees of risk of individual project elements to people in readily understood language terms. Once these individual risk elements are communicated, fuzzy set theory would the... View full abstract»

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  • Research in nearly failure-free, high-reliability organizations: having the bubble

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 132 - 139
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    The authors note that high-reliability organizations such as nuclear power plants, air traffic control units, and aircraft carriers pose special challenges to organizational researchers. These organizations, where the consequences of failure can be catastrophic, are made relatively inaccessible to organizational research by their technical complexity and sensitivity to scrutiny. Methods for conduc... View full abstract»

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  • Product development: assessing the consistency of engineering design policies

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 140 - 146
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    The authors report on some implementation research that uses judgment capturing (JC) as a tool to reveal where conflicting views and policy ambiguities exist in the organization. This tool describes how differentiation can arise and foster inconsistent views which may be either healthy or dysfunctional. Having revealed these inconsistencies and voids in overall direction for a design project. JC t... View full abstract»

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  • Federal funding and R&D output in US industrial laboratories

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 154 - 157
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    The factors associated with inter-R&D laboratory differences in output from the R&D processes are investigated with emphasis on the influence of federal R&D on the composition of this output. An attempt is made to describe the various categories of innovative output characterizing industrial R&D and to investigate factors affecting the distribution of these activities among industrial R&D laborato... View full abstract»

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  • Significance of project management structure on development success

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 119 - 125
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    The significance of project management structure on the success of 546 development projects was investigated. Multivariate procedures revealed that success varies according to the project structure used, even when other determinants are accounted for. Projects relying on the functional organization or a functional matrix were less successful than those which used a balanced matrix, project matrix,... View full abstract»

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  • Intergroup conflict and conflict management in the R&D divisions of four aerospace companies

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 95 - 104
    Cited by:  Papers (1)  |  Patents (1)
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    The author examined the intergroup conflict between R&D managers and non-managers in four aerospace companies, as well as the relationship between each of the five conflict-handling modes: competition, accommodation, sharing, collaboration, and avoidance, with the following variables: conflict frequency, job satisfaction, and job performance. The research findings indicate that intergroup conf... View full abstract»

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  • Semiconductor technology flow through formal transfer mechanisms

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 148 - 154
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    An attempt was made to identify how much semiconductor technology flows internationally through formal technology transfer mechanisms, which mechanisms are used, and in which direction the technology moves. The formal mechanisms investigated for transferring technology include: interfirm licensing, cross licensing and second source agreements, firm mergers and acquisitions, and direct investment i... View full abstract»

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  • Some factors correlated with fluctuations in research and development spending

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 146 - 148
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    The author investigated the reasons why R&D spending by organizations other than the federal government appears to vary about a seemingly steady value as a percentage of the GNP. He found several highly correlated factors. Three of these factors correlated positively with nonfederal R&D spending over limited periods of time in the last three decades: the space program in the 1960s; the hig... View full abstract»

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  • When knowledge is the critical resource, knowledge management is the critical task

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 87 - 94
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    The author argues that the increasing centrality of technology and other forms of knowledge to competitiveness induces long-run changes in both operations managementl and engineering management. Those emergent trends in practice are paralleled by changes in academia, in both teaching and research. The author further argues that in several domains of management practice, the `public good' nature of... View full abstract»

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  • Engineering contributions to the evolution of management practice

    Publication Year: 1989 , Page(s): 105 - 113
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    The author argues that the future opportunities for engineers lie in enhanced appreciation of the contributions of the other functions-marketing and finance-in a multidisciplinary approach to the needs of present and future businesses. He indicates that engineers should be aware of their record of contributing to organizational and sociological advances, through their ability to think conceptually... View full abstract»

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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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