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November 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 11

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Pour on the efficiency by applying work study analysis to car production
By Raed El-Khalil

Making MRP work 

Vendors must address long-standing problems with capacity planning, lot sizes and lead-times
By Gregory W. Diehl and Aaron J. Armstrong

Exonerating Frederick Taylor 

After 100 years, mythology sometimes overshadows a master’s teachings
By Jesse W. Brogan

Advancing facility planning 

Education and practice in Asia fall short of Europe and the United States
By Robin Owens


Top stories in this month's industrial engineering news 

  • Volvo Trucks develops automated vehicles through human factors engineering.
  • Workshop aims to boost women in industrial engineering academia.
  • Wake Forest hospital reduces waste through Real Time Location System.
  • John Hopkins researchers say math skills could be inborn.
  • Interviewers have difficulty detecting deception online, says university researchers.
  • New smartphone battery life could increase up to 54 percent.
  • Book of the month: Green Supply Chain Management: Product Life Cycle Approach by Hsiao-Fan Wang and Surendra M. Gupta


Performance by Kevin McManus 

Check in or check out

Management by Paul Engle 

Tough transitions for survival

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres 

Facility planning can improve healthcare

Manufacturing by Paul Templin 

Unrealistic expectations


This month in IIE news 

The November issue includes details about the upcoming daylong IIE Best Practices events; the first information about the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement conference and Applied Ergonomics Conference taking place in early 2012; five new officers revitalizing the Manufacturing and Design division; and the deadlines for entries into the IIE/Rockwell-Arena Student Simulation Competition, nominations for the IIE Middle Career Leadership Award for Industry, and abstract submissions for the IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2012.

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"Innovation is such a buzzword that when we walk into a classroom, whether it is MBA students or executives, innovation is by definition good. Or you discuss growth vs. less growth – well, growth is good. But in financial terms a firm can destroy a lot of value by growing more than it should. And similarly, more innovation is not always optimal. … Those types of myths need to be questioned a bit more by making the risks and costs more explicit." 

– Jay Anand, professor of strategy at The Ohio State University, in the October issue's Front Line


The best job ever 

The best job ever

Mark Wallace with UPS discusses why his job is the coolest job for an industrial engineer in this December 2014 Web exclusive.

Resurrection in Atlanta 

Resurrection in Atlanta

Members of the IIE Atlanta Chapter appear in this October 2014 video to discuss the value of a revitalizing the chapter.

Training humanitarian IEs 

Training humanitarian IEs

IE interviews the three co-directors of Georgia Tech’s Center for Health and Humanitarian Logistics.