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Engineering management : operational design co-ordination

Coates, Graham and Duffy, Alex H. B. and Whitfield, Ian and Hills, William (2004) Engineering management : operational design co-ordination. Journal of Engineering Design, 15 (5). pp. 433-446. ISSN 0954-4828

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Abstract

Effective engineering management is acknowledged as being fundamental to the successful operation of organizations. While traditional and contemporary approaches to operational engineering management are of great significance, there remains a need to make further advances in this field. Such advances will enable an increase in the competitiveness of an organization by contributing toward delivering quality products in shorter timescales at an acceptable cost. As such, there is a requirement for a more comprehensive and innovative approach that offers a means of improving the operational management of engineering. Existing approaches recognize coordination as an important and pervasive characteristic of operational engineering management; however, they fail to offer a consistent understanding and appreciation of the concept. This paper comprehensively identifies the key elements of operational design coordination, which will provide the basis for an improved approach to engineering management.