Title: Training and development of manufacturing engineers in a cellular management environment

Authors: Paul K. Humphreys

Addresses: Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

Abstract: The introduction of cells has in general been beneficial to organisations by improving productivity and quality, reducing lead times and providing non-routine jobs for personnel within the cell. However, with regard to the support personnel, there is no doubt that such changes require careful consideration of training and development requirements due to the transition from a functional structure to a more flexible cellular environment. This paper outlines the approach adopted within an aerospace company to the development of its manufacturing engineers, using Maister|s Professional Service Firm model to identify training needs. It is proposed that this framework not only illustrates how planning and organising issues can be addressed using the concepts developed by Maister, but also provides an illustration of how one model propounded by management educators can provide a foundation for enhancing organisational performance.

Keywords: cellular management; training needs analysis; management development program; aerospace industry; engineering education; manufacturing cells; cellular manufacturing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.1999.030146

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 1999 Vol.9 No.2, pp.138 - 155

Published online: 11 Dec 2009 *

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