Application of Production Management Principles to Engineering Processes: An Explorative Study

Hinckeldeyn, J., Dekkers, R. and Kreutzfeldt, J. (2010) Application of Production Management Principles to Engineering Processes: An Explorative Study. In: 2010 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM), Macau, 7-10 Dec 2010, pp. 158-162. ISBN 9781424485031 (doi:10.1109/IEEM.2010.5674441)

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Abstract

The capability to develop high quality products and processes constitutes the competitive advantage of many engineering companies. In production management, numerous tools exist for improving both effectiveness and efficiency. This study explores the applicability of these production management principles to engineering management. An academic focus group and engineering managers in seven German companies were interviewed and the application of several methods was identified. The outcomes confirm that the application of production management principles to engineering processes is related to the degree of novelty that is inherent to engineering projects in companies. Furthermore, the application of production-based methods needs to be embedded in a structured engineering process to be useful in a company. However, most engineering management approaches focus on effectiveness rather than efficiency.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dekkers, Dr Rob
Authors: Hinckeldeyn, J., Dekkers, R., and Kreutzfeldt, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
ISBN:9781424485031

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