Magazine article Industrial Management


Magazine article Industrial Management


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Initiative aims to make it better for students; performance management faces a rocky environment


* Wiljeana Glover, committee lead, postdoctoral associate at the MIT-Lean Advancement Initiative

* Fernando Galeu, graduate student, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

* Cecilia Martinez, engineering management consultant, ITESM Campus Monterrey

* Ralph Riedel, professor of factory planning and management, Technical University of Chemnitz

* Arsalan Safari, graduate student, Department of Management Sciences, University of Waterloo

* Amir Gandomi Sereshki, graduate student, mechanical engineering, Ryerson University

* Eileen Van Aken, committee champion and professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

Students, get the word out

SEMS believes that undergraduate and graduate students play an imposant role in our academic and professional community. In 2011, students were 41 percent of SEMS membership. SEMS also includes many academic professionals who can conduct student outreach directly. This gives SEMS the opportunity to improve and increase its service offerings for student members.

To retain and increase student membership, SEMS has built a network of volunteers to define and develop programs and services that represent the needs of our student members. The SEMS student initiative (SI) committee is working on the following five initiatives:

1. Career advice and networking: Expose HE student members to various careers in the field of industrial engineering, including systems engineering, engineering management and management systems, and provide guidelines to create professional networking. Planned activities include a SEMS student initiative networking reception at the HE Annual Conference and Expo 2012, along with a panel of SEMS industry and academic members to share their professional experiences and networking advice with students.

2. Academia: Engage students in engineering management-related research and provide advice on how to publish their work. Our first SI webinar series will have recognized scholars, researchers and journal editors share advice with student members.

3. Practice and application: Collect and share with students the latest studies and achievements in engineering management systems in academic and industrial environments.

4. Recognition: Improve recognition for students and give them the opportunity to become part of an active network of experts. The annual conference will include sessions that highlight students who applied for awards in the engineering management track.

5. Membership: To increase the number of SEMS members, we have identified collective needs for student organizations. We also want to hear from student chapters that have a strong interest in or that have hosted events on how engineering and management work together.

Learn more about the student initiative and all the benefits of SEMS and HE membership. If you have questions or ideas, email the SI committee atsem$studentinitiatives(a) or contact any SEMS SI committee member.

Managing performance in turbulent times

The turbulent world we live in poses a dilemma for performance measurement. Measurement systems lack stability, predictability and take a long time to deploy; for example, some companies have 10-year SAP rollout programs. By the time the right measures have been identified, the appropriate sources of data established, the right targets selected, the right incentives introduced and the supporting infrastructure put in place, the world will have changed significantly, and it could be time to start again.

My presentation at the Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) 2012 will explore managing performance in turbulent times. The performance management for turbulent environments (PM4TE) framework consists of two core cycles, execution management and performance management, and five supporting foundations: strategie intelligence, continuous conversation, accelerated learning, organizational alignment and engaged leadership. …

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