Managing Change Resistance in the Development of Sustainability-Focused Engineering Management Curriculum


Engineering managers need in-depth knowledge and commitment to concepts of sustainability to create infrastructures and processes capable of meeting the needs of 21st century business. Many efforts are underway to introduce necessary skill sets into engineering management and industrial engineering curriculum, but how deeply are these concepts being internalized by the students and faculty involved? This paper details the use of student and faculty assessment by a multi-institutional partnership in the implementation of sustainability-focused engineering management curriculum. This partnership includes two universities in the U.S., one in Puerto Rico, and one in Spain and is in the final year of an NSF funded project to integrate global sustainability into supply chain management and facility logistics curriculum. Lessons learned from the assessment are used to identify progress toward learning and pedagogical development goals, as well as suggest measures for overcoming engagement barriers.

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61st Annual Conference and Expo of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (2011: May 21-25, Reno, NV)


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

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Change Resistance; Retrospective Assessment; Supply Chain Management Curriculum; Sustainability; Curricula; Exhibitions; Students; Teaching; Engineering Management; Engineering Managers; Facility Logistics; Global Sustainability; In-Depth Knowledge; Managing Changes; Puerto Rico; Retrospective Assessments; Engineering Education

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