Traditionally understood as two different scientific areas, management and engineering are, more than ever, deeply interrelated. Indeed, more than ever we can see managers working and defining strategies in the technological, industrial and production arena, as well as engineers developing activities related to organisational management. In both of them the human being and technologies are in common. How to deal with both is really a challenge to both managers and engineers.
Today, in order to obtain the necessary flexibility to respond to the high levels of competition that they are facing, organisations are becoming more technologically sophisticated. Drawing on the latest developments, research and best practice, it is important to examine and better understand the technological implications of the latest changes that are taking place and how they affect the management and motivation of the human resources belonging to these organisations. Matching human and technological needs is the challenge that modern management and engineering are facing, to which interdisciplinary perspectives, to further our knowledge and understanding, are needed.
Looking to contribute to a better merging and interrelationship between organisations, management, engineering, technology and working and employee needs, in order to increase the efficiency and profitability, of modern and competitive organisations, this special issue of invites the submission of high quality research articles related with these issues with a special emphasis in management/human resource management and production / manufacture engineering.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following aspects:
- The impact of production/manufacturing technology on organisational structures
- Work changes
- Matching human and technological needs
- Human resource management
- Healthy and safety in a technological environment
- Work and technological changes
- Workforce behaviour and technologies
- Technological and organisational innovation
- Work flexibility and technological changes
- Learning skills and styles in technology innovation
- Training effectiveness
- Culture and organisational behaviour
- Communication, participation and involvement
- Production engineering/management
- Financial engineering/management
- Strategic management
- Interdisciplinary management
- Sustainable management
- Operations strategy and planning
Deadline for submission: 31 January, 2015