Most people are familiar with the old IQ tests that measure a person’s intelligence quotient. But these days, scholars and practitioners are paying additional attention to how a person’s emotional intelligence affects performance. Luckily, organizations have many options to increase their workforce’s emotional intelligence, according to this article from the January/February 2013 issue Industrial Management.
Members of the robot equipment industry, including an expert from Georgia Tech, say that increased automation will add millions of jobs instead of making them obsolete, according to this Jan. 23, 2013, article from The New York Times.
Industrial engineer and former General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre talks to Jon Stewart of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" about his new book, American Turnaround, as well as how he led the business and operations turnaround at GM.
Some meetings are necessary, according to this article from the November/December 2012 issue of Industrial Management. However, by following a checklist of things to accomplish before, during and after the meeting, you can shorten their timeframe and even eliminate unnecessary gatherings.
EBNonline.com reports Google has been granted a patent for securing, monitoring and tracking cargo shipping containers, opening the door for the company's tablet and smartphone devices to support a potential Android-based mobile enterprise service.
Applying a system of systems engineering (SoSE) process to develop a generic system for technology implementation will yield a model for future IT deployments that realize the benefits promised by the applications, according to this article from the October 2012 issue of Industrial Engineer.
According to this article from the November 2012 issue of Industrial Engineer, it may be only a matter of time until world-class performance becomes a crowded and hyper-competitive arena from which only the fittest will emerge. The proactive captains of industry who first discover the way of kata will outcompete their competitors, whether down the street or on the other side of the planet. But if everyone is doing that, how can you stand out?
Ratio-delay is an effective tool to determine direct labor productivity for shop floor activities, according to this article from the November 2012 issue of Industrial Engineer. In the context of manufacturing operations, ratio-delay can determine productivity levels as a baseline that provides focus for new “industrial engineered” improvement initiatives.
Industrial engineers often address human-integrated systems as opposed to fluid dynamics, electronic inputs or concrete foundations. So IEs could make use of a complementary approach to problem-based systems design and improvement. The proposed approach in this October 2012 article from Industrial Engineer suggests system design and improvement based on first determining the system assets or resources rather than first finding the problem.
The Pareto principle has not lost its relevance since Juran introduced it into the quality world during the 1940s. In practice, the applicability of the 80/20 law to any situation can be verified from actual data. This article from the January 2012 issue of Industrial Engineer explores how data can be effectively communicated to management.