Your Kitchen Cabinet could make you a better manager: Check out the current issue of Industrial Management Magazine

By Chinweike I. Eseonu, Oregon State University: I just got the current issue of Industrial Management Magazine in the mail. The September/October 2014 issue contains a number of what I refer to as “toolbox” articles that we should all review when we get a chance. “Toolbox articles” help identify or hone important skills (tools) for one’s professional “toolbox.” I thought I’d share a […]

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Wait for it: The role of patient mentorship in sustaining organizational change

By Chinweike I. Eseonu, Oregon State University. Change, they say, is the sole constant in life…and business. But, what happens when people get tired of constant change?  When we yearn for the comforts of stability? What happens when we’ve been scarred by change-gone-bad? Change-induced losses, subsequent layoffs, and hits to morale? How do we create systems […]

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Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement Through Effective Training

By Chinweike I. Eseonu, Oregon State University An industry partner recently attended a presentation in which one of one of our students presented his work on strategies for creating a poka yoke lean system. He looked over the tools that had been designed to help workers visualize lean principles, tools, and practices and exclaimed: “You’ll […]

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The Rudiments of starting a Business in Today’s Economy

By Sarah M. Asio, Texas Tech University. Hard economic times! There is a common notion today that the economic times are hard and breaking even is difficult, if not impossible, for the average entrepreneurial initiative. As if finding a job was not already tough for the new graduate, getting started on a business venture is even […]

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Leadership Actions and Style

By Lukasz Mazur, UNC School of Medicine. Implementing change  in healthcare is usually more than just a technical challenge; it is also a change management challenge.  Thus, it requires strong leadership. However, what kind of leadership? At the organizational level, healthcare researchers show that leadership actions and style have contributed to rigid divisions of labor […]

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Human Factors in Hospital Facility Design

By Prithima Mosaly: Human factors is defined as the study of human beings and their interaction with products, environments, and equipment in performing tasks and activities. Human factors in healthcare facility design, is one of the aspects of improving human interaction with the system. It has a two-fold advantage, influence patients’ satisfaction and safety; health-care […]

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New tools to deal with complex problem domain

With the exponential increase in technology and the emerging complex problem domain characteristic of the 21st century, engineers, managers, decision makers and other professionals are frequently faced with the challenge of making decisions at various levels of their systems. The complex problem domain is marked by (1) increasing complexity, (2) excessive information, (3) ambiguity, (4) […]

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