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Strategic Planning Methodology within Architectural and Interior Design Technology Programs

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



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Collaborative Projects in Architectural Engineering Education

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25.1176.1 - 25.1176.15



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Cliff Goodwin Indiana University Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Cliff is an associate professor of organizational leadership and former chairperson of Computer Information and Leadership Technology Department. Hehas been on the faculty of the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indianapolis since 1979. His primary teaching emphasis is in the area of leader development. He has conducted research, authored articles, written three textbooks, and presented seminars on a wide variety of topics related to human behavior in organizations. In addition to his university work, Cliff has acted as a consultant to numerous businesses, throughout Indiana. For the past ten years he has been teaching in the mediation training program offered by the IU Law School at IUPUI.

For the past six years Dr. Goodwin’s research interests have focused on organizational longevity and discovering sustainable leadership practices. He is primarily interested in discovering how organizations survive to be 100 years or older.

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David Jan Cowan Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

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David Jan Cowan is Associate Professor and Director of the Architectural Technology and Visualization program at IndianaUniversity-Purdue University, Indianapolis (IUPUI).

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Mary Ann Frank Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

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Emily A. McLaughlin Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

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STRATEGIC PLANNING METHODOLOGY WITHIN ARCHITECTURAL AND INTERIOR DESIGN TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS Most Engineering Technology Programs will likely, at some stage of their development andmaturation, face the need to develop a strategic plan in order to chart the course of their future.This often places faculty and administrators of these programs within unfamiliar ground as theystep out of their areas of expertise to find suitable methods to structure their visions and plans.However, without these plans programs may falter and question their direction and lack ofcohesiveness and identity to stand the test of time and the rough waters of the current economicclimate. How often does one question where their program is heading, what makes it unique inthe context of neighboring or encroaching innovation and what are those things that will keep italive in the face of tough, fiscal decisions? How does one develop a clear vision and plan thatwill ground program development at every step? This paper discusses strategic planning by first reviewing the literature relevant to specificengineering technology programs such as Architectural Technology and Interior Design. It thentraces and reviews the steps taken by the Design Technology Programs at XXXX in developingtheir strategic plan. It assesses this particular case by means of reflection and seeks to draw outstrategies for developing strategic plans that are particularly applicable to EngineeringTechnology Design Programs within Post-Secondary Institutes. Following upon researchundertaken by organizational planning theorists who contend that planning for sustainability andlongevity is best done through identifying operating principles (rather than by first determiningspecific objectives), this paper sets out and critiques definitive steps to developing sustainableprograms that can weather the future by being built upon well-thought out methods andprinciples.

Goodwin, C., & Cowan, D. J., & Frank, M. A., & McLaughlin, E. A. (2012, June), Strategic Planning Methodology within Architectural and Interior Design Technology Programs Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21933

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