San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering
25.191.1 - 25.191.17
Application of Case Studies to Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Education As engineering system complexity has increased over the years, numerous complex systems projects have failed due to the lack of an appropriate systemic perspective. Since the solution to this challenge is itself a complex system, educating and training our current and future technical leaders on these challenges, and providing suggested changes in their mindsets, is imperative. As an educational tool, case studies can be a platform through which the analysis, knowledge application and drawing of conclusions can occur to facilitate coping with the most complex systems. Case study learning has proven successful in the training of business leaders with real life examples of the strategies and tactics used by leading businesses to succeed globally. A valuable characteristic of case studies is that they support a holistic understanding and interpretation of the systems of action, or interrelated activities engaged in by the participants. However, case studies are not as broadly used in engineering management and systems engineering education. This paper will describe the importance of case studies to engineering management and systems engineering education; outline a framework for their implementation; and present a template of a case study that can be used as a guideline in engineering education.
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