Develops Supply Chain Mgmt & Project Mgmt active learning games
Co-sponsors fourth annual Midwest Logistics/Mfg Roundtable
Gives three customized workshops for industrial partners
The Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises (CMME) had their fall Partners’ Meeting on September 17. Top executives from a variety of companies attended the meeting to share ideas about the future of manufacturing and education.
Executive partners along with Krannert faculty discussed the following issues: how to teach manufacturing /operations management to meet the challenges of the 21st century, what topics should be taught, and how should Krannert deliver knowledge to the students.
Several suggestions came out of the discussions. New teaching methods should be explored such as semester long case studies, integrating computer technology into every course, and extended projects where students work with companies. Topics such as dealing with changing demographics in the workforce, lean manufacturing, and customer relations maintenance would be valuable to management students. New delivery methods of teaching are needed to meet future challenges. Methods should be developed to take distance and location out of the equation, delivering real-time on demand education.
The executive partners had several recommendations for masters students.
- Have an appreciation for cultural diversity, i.e.: foreign language skills
- Obtain more business skills regarding international business activities
- Become technology enabled
- Understand how your decisions effect other systems and departments
Many other presentations filled the rest of the day. Economics professor, Jerry Lynch, gave his views on why the economy has taken a downturn and how Russian and Asian economics affect the rest of the world. Mr. Robert Goehler, the corporate director of manufacturing for Ingersol-Rand explained the demand flow manufacturing system he implemented across the entire I-R corporation. Students had their turn to educate the executives. Six students talked about their internship experiences and suggested ways to improve internships. Finally, Mr. Eugene Spafford, from the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS), talked about internet and intranet security.
1998 Fall Partners Meeting Corporate AttendeesMike Allen, Eli Lilly
Tom Arenberg, Anderson Consulting
Bob Bassler, IBMTC
Charles Champion, Eastman Kodak
Jeffrey Frazier, Owens-Brockway
Bob Goehler, Ingersol-Rand
Steve Lind, Woods Equipment Co.
Peter Santori, Ernst & Young
John Sofia, American Axle & Manufacturing
Tom Sullivan, TRW
Bob Taylor, Caterpillar
Rachel Tzinberg, Ryerson Tull
Roger Willis, Ernst & Young