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Comparative Analysis of Different Engineering Management Bodies of Knowledge and Engineering Management Handbooks
Multiple Engineering Management Bodies of Knowledge (EM BoK) exist. They have been established by the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM), The Engineering Management Certification International (EMCI) and The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
There are also Engineering Management (EM) handbooks which include EM subjects and topics. This paper analyzes the similarities and differences between these published EM BoKs and EM handbooks to help clarify the current state of the EM BoKs. Areas for future research include evaluating the role and perspectives of the Subject Matter Experts.
History of EMBoK
EM is a relatively new discipline which combines knowledge of academic and practice topics. A working knowledge in several areas, often frequently with additional depth in one area, 3 is required.
Over the last 25 years a number of articles have been published which analyzed EM curricula and helped define an EMBoK. (See Bibliography A). Several authors have analyzed undergraduate and graduate EM programs and provided their definitions of EM. 1, 2
Development of ASEM EM BoK
The ASEM, as the lead professional society in Engineering Management developed a certification program for Masters in Engineering Management. This helped provide curriculum standards for EM Masters level programs4. Over the last few years the number of undergraduate EM programs achieving accreditation form the Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) have increased from three to six5.
The ASEM certified MS EM programs and the ABET accredited BS/BE programs formed the basis for ASEM to establish an EM BoK. Both ASEM and ABET require programs to be based on outcomes developed with industrial advisory boards. Curricula are developed by faculty who are subject matter experts in the various subjects. This has the benefit of utilizing in-depth work of faculty and advisory boards to define EM outcomes7.
SME and EMCI EM BoKs
There are several other bodies which offer certifications for engineering managers. These certifications are provided based on feedback from industry practitioners and developed by various organizations such as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Engineering
Merino, D., & Gandhi, S. J. (2008, June), Evaluations Of Em Boks Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. https://peer.asee.org/3470
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