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Global Enterprise Perspective Initiative In A Production Systems Course

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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IE/EM Skills in Real World Concepts

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10.669.1 - 10.669.14



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Somchan Vuthipadadon

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Jie Li

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Piyamart Kumsaikaew

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Shantha Daniel

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Patrick Patterson

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John Jackman

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K. Jo Min

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Global Enterprise Perspective Initiative in a Production Systems Course K. Jo Min, John Jackman, Patrick Patterson, Shantha Daniel, Piyamart Kumsaikaew, Jie Li, and Somchan Vuthipadadon

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department, Iowa State University

Abstract In this paper, we describe a course and curriculum improvement initiative centered on a production systems course project. This initiative addresses strategic production planning of a global supply chain of a food product subject to local cultural, health regulatory, and trade constraints. The problems are to be formulated and solved by student teams consisting of students from Iowa and Scotland via Internet. For formative delivery of input and output of the project, Internet-based collaborative platforms are developed and used. This initiative is motivated by an ABET outcome assessment item established by the department on the global perspective of enterprise. As a part of ABET activities, the assessment of this initiative includes a global enterprise perspective rubric, which in turn consists of three distinct performance criteria. The progress made thus far in terms of input, process, and outcome will be presented, and the future direction will be discussed.

1. Introduction In this paper, we present the continuous improvement process and efforts by the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) Department at Iowa State University (ISU) regarding the ability of the undergraduate Industrial Engineering (IE) majors to have a global enterprise perspective. By the ability to have a global enterprise perspective, we mean the ability to recognize the relationships among local units of a global enterprise, and to understand local regulatory and cultural effects on the global enterprise. This ability is an outcome assessment item designated by the IMSE Department for ABET Criterion 3.

In what follows, we will first describe the background on the ABET outcome assessment efforts by our department and the course project contents. Next, we will explain the project contents addressing a hypothetical global supply chain of a food product and the Internet-based implementation of this course project in collaboration with Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management (DMEM) Department at University of Strathclyde, Scotland. We will then present the outcome assessment results and make concluding remarks.

2. Background on ABET outcome assessment and project contents. For the Industrial Engineering Program of IMSE Department at ISU, in addition to ABET Criterion 3 (a) through (k) [1], the department has five additional outcome items, (l) through (p) [2]. The outcome items (a) through (p) have been regularly assessed via various means ranging from surveys to rubrics with at least three performance criteria per rubric. Three of the major means of assessment are the surveys of Year 1 alumni (i.e.,

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Vuthipadadon, S., & Li, J., & Kumsaikaew, P., & Daniel, S., & Patterson, P., & Jackman, J., & Min, K. J. (2005, June), Global Enterprise Perspective Initiative In A Production Systems Course Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14961

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