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Education Approach in Japan for Management and Engineering of Systems

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Assessment and Accreditation in Engineering Management

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Engineering Management, Systems Engineering, Engineering Economy, and Industrial Engineering

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25.494.1 - 25.494.16



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David S. Cochran Southern Methodist University and Meijo University

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David Cochran is a professor of industrial and systems engineering management. He is Founder and Principal of System Design, LLC, Visiting Professor with the School of Business, Meijo University, Nagoya, Japan and faculty of systems engineering, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Cochran developed the Manufacturing System Design Decomposition (MSDD) to determine the underlying design of the Toyota Production System (and "lean") from a systems engineering viewpoint and was Founder and Director of the Production System Design Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a two-time recipient of the Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Excellence. He works with leaders from industrial and service sector enterprises for sustainable system design and implementation through consulting, custom educational workshops, and system design evaluations.

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Makoto Kawada Meijo University

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Makoto Kawada, Ph.D., is President, Meijo Process Management Institute, Co., LTD; Professor Emeritus, School of Business, Meijo University; and Special Researcher, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo.

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System Design and Leadership Education In JapanSome methods for teaching system design, engineering and leadership are becomingvery effective in the US and Japan. The first objective is to describe a methodology /pedagogy for teaching business school students, and business and engineeringprofessionals in Japan system design and leadership in a way that is successful. Themethodology draws from the Learning Organization, Toyota Production System, W.Edwards Deming’s teachings and many others. The second objective is to describethe reasons for the success of the approach in light of current research in cognitionand the functioning of the brain. The third objective of the paper is to discuss theimplications to engineering and business school education.

Cochran, D. S., & Kawada, M. (2012, June), Education Approach in Japan for Management and Engineering of Systems Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21252

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