Industrial Engineering education has been captive to production since its origin in the first few decades of the 20th century. To expand, and still remain industrial engineering, any new focus must not really be new, but continue the unique expertise that defines the field. The one word that can encapsulate this central focus is “efficiency.”
Traditional industrial engineering is based on efficiency in performing production work. Management engineering is the complementary study of efficiency in management and internal support. The benefits of management engineering are additive to the benefits of traditional industrial engineering.
The big benefit comes from this expansion into direct support for senior management. That is where the money is. That is where the prestige is; and management is what must support the graduate in applying the engineering skills and abilities that are developed in an industrial engineering program.
This expansion is also where industrial engineering can make the greatest impact. Modern management is neither efficient, nor is it able to measure how efficient it might be. The answers, and the actions, lie within basic industrial engineering.http://tome_textbook.home.att.net/files/Summary.htm
A preliminary structure for the course of study, along with a summary of materials and coverage by class session is also available.
Shop Management is a book by Frederick W. Taylor that addresses many of his theories and approaches to shop management. Some of the advances made in his later works are addressed here as well. This work is beyond copyright.