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  • Systems engineering-key to modern development

    Publication Year: 1956, Page(s):64 - 66
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  • Research Budgeting and Project Selection

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):158 - 169
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    A summary is presented of a study of decision-making in the area of research budgeting and project selection. Data were obtained from three major chemical companies. The objective of the study was to determine if scientific analysis could be employed to derive objective and quantitative procedures in these areas, currently dominated by a mixture of intuition, judgment, and experience. A two-fold c... View full abstract»

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  • Engineering Management Challenge in Weapons Development

    Publication Year: 1957, Page(s):82 - 84
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  • An Industrial Dynamic Approach to the Management of Research and Development

    Publication Year: 1959, Page(s):75 - 80
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    Our intensive search for knowledge, basic and applied, must be accompanied by a corresponding search for the principles underlying the management of research and development. An attempt has been made here to seek out the factors of major importance and to organize them into a meaningful whole. Basic to this analysis have been the views of product value and cost as streams in time, and of manageria... View full abstract»

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  • THE DECISIONS OF ENGINEERING DESIGN

    Publication Year: 1961, Page(s):55 - 71
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    Two examples of plant design are described and an abstract model of the process of design is suggested. The model is used to discuss the search for possible solutions, the strategies for their examination, and the rules for choosing between them. It seems likely that the model applies only to problems requiring novel solutions and not to those for which the form of solution is known, but the choic... View full abstract»

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  • Utilization of ``Normalized'' Data for Defense Contracts

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):11 - 14
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    ``Normalized curves'' represent a means of evaluating the relationships of time, total expenditures, subcontract expenditures, and a number of activities and events. They represent data on previous contracts that have been categorized and reduced to common scales. ``Normalized curves'' can be used either to evaluate a summary of the detailed planning and progress on current contracts or to forecas... View full abstract»

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  • Decision Theory and Engineering Management

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):149 - 154
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    The term ``engineering management'' is intended to be roughly descriptive of the management of technical matters, merely as contrasted with such other areas of management as financial, sales, personnel, etc. Decision-theory, which seems not to be a theory after all, is presented in broad survey as a collection of analytical tools and methods, and an effort is made to see if these have any particul... View full abstract»

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  • Role Concept of Engineering Managers

    Publication Year: 1960, Page(s):30 - 33
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    This paper contains preliminary results of a questionnaire survey among engineering managers in a large electronics company. Engineering managers are divided into three levels and compared with respect to their degree of business and professional orientation, their conception of authority, and their understanding of the problems of nonsupervisory engineers. View full abstract»

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  • An Information Retrieval System for a Small Research Department

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):92 - 95
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    A modest information retrieval system is described for a small electronics laboratory. Initially it employs punched cards, but will be converted to edge-notched cards when the coding system is ``debugged.'' The advantages and deficiencies of the system are discussed. The coding system was developed from key words and descriptive phrases in the laboratory's 700-document collection. View full abstract»

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  • Logic and Illogic in Engineering and Management

    Publication Year: 1958, Page(s):144 - 151
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    Illogic resulting from emotional thinking may be found at all levels of engineering. Typical instances are the NIH (not invented here) factor, wishful thinking, self-protection, and half-hearted compromises. Methods of the engineering supervisor or manager for filtering out the emotionally inspired illogic in order to reach clear decisions are presented. These range from defining the basic problem... View full abstract»

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  • The Role of Management in the Development of an Aerospace System

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):182 - 185
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    The evolution of general types of multidisciplinary aerospace systems is considered during three phases: Research, Engineering, and Sub-system Integration. Management methods and personnel utilization techniques most applicable during these phases are discussed. This paper is not concerned with management during the operational use of aerospace systems. In this context it does not discuss technica... View full abstract»

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  • The Problems of Engineering Management

    Publication Year: 1956, Page(s):1 - 3
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  • Engineering Management and the Changing World

    Publication Year: 1955, Page(s):34 - 38
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  • A Method of Performance Evaluation for Engineers and Scientists

    Publication Year: 1961, Page(s):177 - 193
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    This paper deals with the development, installation and testing of a Dual Evaluation Method of performance rating as applied to the engineers and scientists engaged in research activities in a laboratory operated by an academic institution. To study the use of performance rating plans in representative organizations, a questionnaire was sent to 175 organizations through-out the country. Concurrent... View full abstract»

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  • Research and Development Cost Estimation

    Publication Year: 1959, Page(s):8 - 12
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    Four companies engaged in research and development were interviewed relative to their method of cost prediction. Company A, engaged in military equipment development, uses a complex operating organization to make estimates. Company B, engaged in commercial development, uses a summary unit cost, i.e., number or predicted man years multiplied by a given number of dollars. Company C, commercial resea... View full abstract»

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  • Organizing for Management Controls

    Publication Year: 1958, Page(s):32 - 34
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    A plan for establishing management controls is presented which uses the basic management control principles of organizing, planning, executing, and follow-up. The particular experience of our company is cited whereby the assignment was given to staff personnel who had the requisite experience and company service. Each of the steps in the control process is explained, with emphasis on the follow-up... View full abstract»

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  • Possible Applications of Information Theory to Management Control

    Publication Year: 1961, Page(s):40 - 48
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    Several areas of possible application of information theory are discussed: 1) communication in automation, 2) forecasting, and 3) production processes. In the production area, the following possible applications are examined: ``reduction of uncertainty'' in raw materials and information content of a design. An example is given for a milling machine operation. View full abstract»

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  • Optimum Allocation of Research/Engineering Manpower within a Multi-Project Organizational Structure

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):104 - 108
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    An analytic technique has been formulated which permits the management of an organization engaged in a number of research and engineering projects to allocate available technical manpower among and within projects. The technique has value as a device to determine in detail where men with specific skills may be best utilized and as a tool to gage the impact of proposed additional workload on availa... View full abstract»

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  • The Application of Closed-Loop Techniques to Engineering Project Planning

    Publication Year: 1960, Page(s):96 - 103
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    The techniques described in this paper to control research, development and engineering projects are adaptations of those developed and well-proven methods used for controlling manufacturing processes. To complete an engineering project to meet established specifications, within allotted funds and in the scheduled time, it is necessary to program the various phases and requirements of the project ... View full abstract»

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  • Gauging Organizational Health -- A Questionnaire Study in a Government Laboratory

    Publication Year: 1961, Page(s):201 - 205
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    One way of measuring an organization's health is to discover what its images are in the minds of the publics with which it is most concerned, particularly employees. This was the frame of reference for some recent attempts to measure organizational health at the U. S. Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake, Calif. The organizational Self-Inventory was administered to approximately 500 scientists,... View full abstract»

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  • Some Organizational Factors Affecting Creativity

    Publication Year: 1960, Page(s):24 - 30
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    Until recently, theoretical discussions and careful conceptual analyses have been rare in the literature on creativity. Studies of the organizational and environmental factors affecting the creativity of scientists have also been rare, but are becoming more common. This paper reports on the factors considered important in influencing creativity in a number of research laboratories. The data were g... View full abstract»

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  • A Model of the Imitation Process

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):46 - 50
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    A simple model is developed to help explain differences among process innovations in the rate of imitation. The major hypothesis around which the model is built is the following: The probability that a firm will adopt a new technique is an increasing function of the proportion of firms already using it and the profitability of adopting it. The probability of adoption is also hypothesized to be a d... View full abstract»

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  • A Linear Programming Model for the Allocation of R and D Efforts

    Publication Year: 1962, Page(s):154 - 157
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    Many indices of profitability for research and development (R and D) ventures have appeared in the literature. Most of these are calculations of the estimated economic value of a project, if successful. Their greatest utility has been in the development-type project where the probability of success has been relatively large (pr ≧ 0.25). This paper considers the optimum utilization of a sca... View full abstract»

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  • Management Techniques and Controls for Engineering Writing Organizations

    Publication Year: 1956, Page(s):15 - 26
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  • Problems of Engineering Management

    Publication Year: 1958, Page(s):61 - 64
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    All problems of management can ultimately be traced to human beings. The technical manager must have the respect of his people to be effective. They can best assess him through the common ground of technical ability. It is the obligation of the technical manager to convey his philosophy of management to his people and to train them in his methods of operation. The successful manager must constantl... View full abstract»

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  • The Public Relations Function in an Engineering Organization

    Publication Year: 1957, Page(s):103 - 105
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  • On the Anatomy of Development Projects

    Publication Year: 1960, Page(s):34 - 42
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    The structure of an R & D project is described in terms of an Effort-Distribution Array. A logistic model is presented for the cumulative times series of effort devoted to a project, and problems of using such curves for prediction are discussed. A set of rules is given, which, with the aid of computer simulation, can be used to generate a project schedule. The consequences of several combinat... View full abstract»

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This Transactions ceased production in 1962. The current retitled publication is IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management.

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