ERIC Number: ED342967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Faculty Return to Industry. Final Report.
Hulse, David R.
Lagging productivity and increased competitiveness from abroad are forcing U.S. management companies to adopt new management styles that promote efficiency and quality in production. High on the agenda is the incorporation of Statistical Process Control (SPC). SPC requires definition of process and product specifications to facilitate their measurement and construction of an SPC chart to view process behavior. A Quality/Productivity Training Partnership was established in June 1986 to create a network of teams to bring the quality/productivity/SPC issue to the attention of local industry in Arkansas and provide an educational resource. In January 1987, a vocational educator representing the partnership began an internship at Borg Warner (in Blytheville, Arkansas), which was using SPC in a nurturing atmosphere created by management. Random observations and a more analytic approach involving flowcharting and cause and effect analyses were done of the manufacturing and support technologies. A mini-internship at Monroe Automotive followed. The intern then attended an SPC workshop and developed an outline for a Transformation of American Industry (TAI) program. Involvement in the internship led to recommendations for the educational process and curriculum development. (The TAI program outline is appended.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education.
Authoring Institution: Pulaski County Special School District, Little Rock, AR.