June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
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PROCESS TO DEVELOP THE ASEM ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT BODY OF KNOWLEDGE (EM BoK)
This paper reviews the general criteria used to establish a body of knowledge and evaluates the American Society of Engineering Management’s (ASEM) decision process to develop the EM BoK against these criteria. The development of the ASEM EM BoK was made possible because of the many EM undergraduate programs that are ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited and EM graduate programs that are ASEM certified.
After a two year development effort the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Board of Directors voted to adopt the EM BoK. As the lead professional society for engineering management, ASEM had made the creation of an EM BoK its key strategic goal.
Future plans for the EM BoK include the development of an Engineering Managers validation test. training modules leading to Professional Development Hours (PDH) and an EM BoK Handbook.
Future research includes continual updating of the EM BoK and continuing to survey a wide selection of EM programs.
Engineering Management; Engineering Management Body of Knowledge; Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM).
Existing EM BoK in EM Accredited/Certified Programs
A few years ago the ASEM launched a Certification Program for Masters in Engineering Management (Westbrook, 2003, 2004). Four schools and six MS programs have achieved ASEM Certification. ASEM certification included curriculum standards for EM Masters-level program. Also in the last few years the number of ABET accredited undergraduate programs has grown from 3 to 5 (Abel, 2005). Since then the number has increased to six. A number of other programs are in the process of gaining ABET accreditation.
These two events made it possible to establish an EM BoK based on the content of ABET accredited and ASEM certified EM programs. Both ABET and ASEM require programs to be based on outcomes that are reviewed with industrial/ government advisory boards and have curricula developed by faculty who are experts in the field.
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