Engineering management is an expertise in engineering that appears strongly linked to diverse concepts of management and engineering. In fact, it is a specialised form of management that is concerned with the application of engineering principles to business practice. Example areas of engineering management include organisational management and administratition, planning abilities of management, product development, and any other fields that employ personnel who perform an engineering function from a management perspective.
However, the engineering management concept in the 21st century is overpassing these concepts and is extending to a systemic vision of all fields and departments of production and service systems in an integrated way. Additionally, engineering and management concepts present a horizontal perspective influencing most organisation areas. The way in which engineers solve management problems presents specific characteristics, and in the same line, the management of engineering problems requires other specific perspectives.
Therefore, the multipolar characteristics of today’s problems require a multifaceted analysis, and engineering management arises as the key enabling discipline capable of tackling such a challenge. In this line, the approach to tackle current real life problems requires an analysis that is strengthened when a collaborative management approach is implemented. The motto of this special issue focuses on this vision.
Thus, engineering management in collaborative environments appears as a toolbox of key-enabling skills and abilities providing the most efficient management of complex processes or systems. It relates to the capabilities of designing, developing and implementing integrated solutions for complex systems associated to economical, staff, knowledge, information, equipment, energy and materials subsystems.
This special issue focuses on engineering management for enhancing synergies in collaborative environments in order to tackle multipolar real life management problems.
The issue will carry revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers presented at the 8th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management (Malaga, Spain, 23-25 July, 2014), but we also strongly encourage researchers unable to participate in the conference to submit articles for this call.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following, and should be always presented under a collaborative environment perspective:
- Management in industries and technical organisations
- Industrial engineers and leadership
- Decision-making processes
- Life cycle cost analysis
- Managing engineering and production operations
- Industrial engineering approaches for entrepreneurship
- Project planning, acquisition, organisation, leadership/control
- Risk management
- Engineering financial management
- Investment analysis
- Engineering management in the service industry
- Public policy analysis
Full paper submission: 10 November, 2014