June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
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Integrating Enterprise Decision-Making Modules into Industrial Engineering Curricula
Organizations today have become process-focused, linking engineering, product development, order fulfillment and service operations across functions and around the globe. This process orientation is supported by enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems that provide an integrated view of cross-functional processes through linked software applications build upon a common database. As both design and production activities are sourced internationally, companies need employees who are able to use integrated ERP data to make decisions. Yet undergraduate students rarely have the opportunity to use commercial systems as part of their curriculum. In this paper, we describe a framework for teaching enterprise decision-making, and examine the value of incorporating a hands-on module using the Oracle E-business Suite in a production planning and control course. We developed task-specific measures of student achievement and self-efficacy to examine learning, and found that use of the ERP-based modules improved students’ confidence in their knowledge of ERP-based systems as well as traditional production planning and control topics.
Today’s organizations are structured around integrated business processes (e.g., product development, supply chain and order fulfillment) that require close coordination among employees across functions and around the world. Organizations use Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, e.g., SAP, Oracle Applications or similar computer systems, to provide an integrated view of their many organizational processes through linked applications built upon a common database12. The linked applications capture transaction and activity data across functions such as manufacturing and finance, increasing data quantity, availability and quality. The desire to use such data to improve performance is driving significant growth in business intelligence software19, but success depends on having employees who can analyze software results and implement solutions4.
While the curriculum in both engineering and management programs addresses models and tools for functional decision-making, such techniques are rarely presented in an integrated, data-rich environment. Organizations need employees who have the ability to find the right data, under- stand what it means, and apply it to support functional decision-making4. In most programs, students do not have the opportunity to practice these skills. In addition, because the primary focus is on learning methods or techniques, data quality and the global impact of local decisions in an integrated application are ignored. Yet these issues often complicate application of methods in practice.
In this paper, we examine the value of incorporating a hands-on module using the Oracle E- business Suite in a production planning and control course, taken primarily by industrial engineering majors. This study is a prototype for a larger project addressing ERP-based
Johnson, S., & Strong, D., & Mistry, J. (2006, June), Integrating Enterprise Decision Making Modules Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1319
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