By Lukasz Mazur, University of North Carolina. Climate, as an abstract construct, seems to measure organizational members’ shared perceptions of policies, practices, and procedures that orient behavior toward a specific organizational goal(s). For example, Schneider and Gunnarson (1991) stated that (a) “climate refers to the visible practices, procedures, and rewarded behaviors that characterize an organization” […]
By Chinweike I. Eseonu, Oregon State University – A reader sent us this graphic with statistics on hospital safety. We wonder what impact a top-down continuous improvement culture might have on some of these error rates.
By Chinweike I. Eseonu, Oregon State University – Variants of this question are often posed during discussions on strategies for improving use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) systems, leaner process interventions, and other excellent improvements. As I drove away from the latest meeting in which this question came up, it occurred to me that this could […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]