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Global E Business Education In Industrial Engineering

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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What's New in Industrial Engineering

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8.601.1 - 8.601.12



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Max Schwesig

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Global E- Business Education in Industrial Engineering-Meeting the Needs of the Networked Economy

Klaus-Dieter Thoben, Max Schwesig, Jens Eschenbaecher

Bremen Institute of Industrial Technology and Applied Work Science PLT - Production Structure, Logistics and Telematics Hochschulring 20; D-28359 Bremen; Germany

Research in Progress

The educational system is currently facing new challenges because of the dynamically expanding e-business deployment. This is especially vital for industrial engineering as an applied interdisciplinary discipline. To cope with these challenges, several European research initiatives are trying to update the content of curricula responding to industrial needs. This paper first presents the findings of the EU-IST research project BRIDGES by discussing and comparing e--business trends and challenges in the EU and the USA. Then, challenges for education in E-Business are elaborated. Those challenges are picked up by the EU-IST/ IMS project GEM in order to create a new curriculum for a master degree in Manufacturing Strategy. It will cover technology and business topics and especially consider digital business. Finally, an initial concept of a short course covering essential aspects of production based on digital business is discussed.


E-business has brought up many new challenges to educational systems applied in industrial engineering. This development goes along with many new educational requirements to either train the workforce or teach young students and graduates. So far, the education of industrial engineers is limited with respect to the real needs of the industry that faces problems of integrative nature across the traditional disciplines1, such as:

• working globally in a multicultural environment • working in interdisciplinary, multi-skill teams • sharing of work tasks on a global basis • sharing information and knowledge to foster organisational learning • working with digital tools for communication • working in an virtual environment

Since tasks are becoming more complex, the educational demands increase in future 1 Thoben, Schwesig 2002 Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Schwesig, M. (2003, June), Global E Business Education In Industrial Engineering Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11666

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