Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

March 2011    |    Volume: 43    |    Number: 3

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PERSPECTIVES

Kevin McManus 

Performance by Kevin McManus

Pride, principle or process
The first article I wrote for this magazine, way back in the last century, was titled “Is Quality Dead?” It focused on how egos tend to be the primary factor that constricts a process improvement initiative. More than 10 years later, I would be hard-pressed to come up with a different conclusion.

Paul Engle 

Management by Paul Engle

Is it real?
Many companies are cautiously optimistic about this year. Some have full order books, and customer demand seems steady or is increasing. Despite these promising trends, managements continue to delay expansion. Wait-and-see attitudes appear to be the prudent course of action, but are they?

D. Junell Scheeres 

Health Systems by D. Junell Scheeres

Healthcare ergonomics needed sooner, not later
“Oh my aching back,” I moaned, after attempting to cram several home projects into a few free hours. My need for rest and recuperation soon overcame my enthusiasm. Ergonomic factors are everywhere, even home projects. Fortunately, this did not affect anyone other than me, which isn’t the case in healthcare.

Nabil Nasr 

Innovation by Nabil Nasr

Sustainability and Singapore
The world is realizing the vital link between conserving the environment and economic security. Early adopters of this philosophy have attracted the most attention, but others are catching up. For example, Singapore is thriving thanks to the way it has tackled its economy, growth and sustainability.

 

 



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