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The Reengineering Of Iupui's Organizational Leadership And Supervision Program: Lessons Learned Along The Way

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.638.1 - 5.638.5

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Clifford R. Goodwin

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R. Andrew Schaffer

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Session 2249

The Reengineering of IUPUI’s Organizational Leadership and Supervision Program: Lessons Learned Along the Way

R. Andrew Schaffer, Clifford R. Goodwin IUPUI


The purpose of this paper is to initiate a discussion on applied management education within engineering technology. By presenting what we perceive to be the answers to several curriculum questions, the paper and session can help pave the way for other engineering technology educators interested in developing similar programs. Other colleges may wish to develop similar plans of study, or they may wish to incorporate some of our ideas into existing engineering management curricula.

I. Introduction

The Department of Organizational Leadership and Supervision (OLS), in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, offers a practical, hands-on approach to leadership development for students desiring leadership roles within any size/type of organization. A large percentage of OLS graduates move into leadership roles in manufacturing or electrical, mechanical or computer technology. To the end of serving those students and the industries where they will ultimately be employed, the OLS program blends a hands-on applied management curriculum with a traditional technology education.

II. The new program

For the past year the authors have been reengineering the OLS undergraduate degree programs (A.S. and B.S.) with the goal of launching a more narrowly focused, stringent, and industry-relevant OLS curriculum. The overall goals were to: • Strengthen the marketability of both the A.S. and B.S. degrees • Blend applied management and technical skills in a unique package • Require core applied management classes that would be perceived as valuable in a variety of technical industries and settings • Develop a program that offers students numerous course choices, while maintaining a high quality and consistency across graduates

This paper introduces and answers the following questions:

Goodwin, C. R., & Schaffer, R. A. (2000, June), The Reengineering Of Iupui's Organizational Leadership And Supervision Program: Lessons Learned Along The Way Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

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