Industrial Engineering (proposal)
An interdisciplinary field of activity, grown out of mechanical engineering, that is concerned with the design, modelling, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, material, information, equipment and energy in the industrial plant. It draws upon specialized knowledge and skills in the mathematical, physical and social sciences together with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design, to specify, predict and evaluate the results to be obtained from such systems.
Dictionary of Production Engineering Vol. 3, Manufacturing Systems, 1st Edition, 2003
There is a consensus about the definition of “Industrial Engineering” among the appropriate institutions (e.g. CIRP, REFA, MTM).
CIRP = The International Academy for Production Engineering
REFA = Germany’s leading organization in work design, industrial organization and company development
MTM = Methods Time Measurement
Our proposal for aligned definitions:
Industrial Management is a discipline derived from Industrial Engineering focusing on the strategic processes. For this, especially leadership skills as well as strategic planning methods are needed.
Advanced Industrial Management
Advanced Industrial Management is an interdisciplinary field of planning and improving complex sociotechnical systems. It covers all fields of Industrial Engineering and Industrial Management that draws upon leadership skills and methodical expertise. Beyond this, digital planning tools and state-of-the-art methods complete the Advanced Industrial Management.