Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

June 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 6

The member magazine of the Institute of Industrial Engineers

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Off to the races with communications 

Off to the races with communications 

Who knew that a study of communications between NASCAR drivers and their crew chiefs could help communications in all kinds of industries? This article uses communications research from NASCAR to demonstrate how eliminating wasteful communications tactics can make companies more efficient. 
By Joseph R. Stainback IV

Make it not go wrong 

Make it not go wrong 

Project risk management is an important tool that allows project managers and executive management to do two critical things: Set the "right price" for the elements of uncertainty of a project (thereby improving their chances for winning the bid) and execute the project by confronting risks in real time (thereby improving their chances to meet the project goals).
By Refael Yosha

The human link 

The human link 

Supply chain management issues have typically been addressed from a technical standpoint, but supply chains are socio-technical systems that require an analysis of their technical and human aspects. This article describes how a lack of information between departments can affect supply chain management and describes how to open up communication.
By Tarikere T. Niranjan and Shashank Rao

Stop doing things dangerously 

Stop doing things dangerously 

It pays for management to be an integral part of an initiative to improve safety. This article goes beyond traditional approaches to managing workplace safety to assess the effectiveness of developing a high performance work system to create a safe working environment and prevent safety violations. 
By Zachary M. Leffakis and Ronald Schoff