Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 6220 - Engineering Management Seminar

Catalog Description:

A critical analysis of the literature and current practice in applied engineering management research. Topics reflect current issues and classic methods and have included: frameworks for change, uncertainty, ethics and professional responsibility, organizational culture, measurement, and implementation.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Prerequisite: IME 6000 or equivalent.

Credits: 3 hrs.

Notes: Open to Graduate Students Only.

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3-0)

Prerequisites by Topic:

Students are expected to have knowledge of and the ability to apply the following concepts in class:

  1. An understanding of engineering management theories and techniques as they apply in organizational settings.
  2. Experience in critiquing these theories and techniques, justifying them, identifying examples of these theories in practice, and revising these theories and/or techniques.
  3. Experience in applying engineering management theories to real and textbook cases and assess implementation and outcomes.
  4. Able to understand, write, speak, and present in clear, understandable English.
  5. Experience finding articles using databases such as ABI/Inform, FirstSearch, InfoTrac, Lexis-Nexis, and other sources.
  6. Experience using the Internet, accessing Web pages, using e-mail to communicate, and using search tools to find relevant information.

Course Objectives and Performance Criteria:

Course Objectives/
Performance Criteria
Performance Activity/
Evaluation Technique
  • Understand classic management theories and how they apply to the contemporary engineering organization.
In-class and on-line exercises, exam questions, case assignment a,f,h
  • Learn how to engineer organizational change using the systems approach.
In-class and on-line exercises, exam questions, case assignment a,c
  • Enhance and refine competencies in researching engineering management issues using library, corporate, and Internet resources.
In-class and on-line exercises, exam questions, case assignment k
  • Focus on specific engineering management topics for their role in research and practice.
In-class and on-line exercises, exam questions, case assignment h,j
  • Apply engineering management techniques to real-world cases.
case assignment a,e,g,k


A readings packet has been assembled for IME 6220 and is available at the WMU bookstore. There is no formal textbook for the course, although the student will find the Luthans text for IME 6000 a valuable reference for this course. The reading packet contents are given later in this syllabus.

A working knowledge of the basic theories of management is assumed. This course builds on the foundation begun by IME 4020 and IME 6000. Students unsure of their readiness for this course should check with the instructor and review the texts used for those courses and be conversant with their contents.

IME 4020 Text: Mosley, D.C., Megginson, L. C., & Pietri, P. H. 2005. Supervisory Management: The Art of Empowering and Developing People (6 th Ed.). Cincinnati: Southwestern Publishing.

IME 6000 Text: Luthans, F. 2005. Organizational Behavior (10th Ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Course Coordinator:

Larry Mallak
Western Michigan University
E-228 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3369

Revision Date: Fall 2005


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