A comparison of teamwork and innovation between industrial engineers and mechanical engineers

Sarah M. Asio, Jennifer Cross

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Abstract

This paper presents contrasts of determinants of innovation within design teams between two engineering disciplines - Industrial Engineering and Mechanical Engineering - based on a comprehensive survey of 308 engineering students belonging to 75 teams at an ABET accredited institution of higher learning. The results show that there is a statistically significant difference between the two disciplines in Rewards, Support for Innovation, Functional Diversity and Vision but no statistically significant difference in Innovation and other factors investigated. Industrial Engineers outperformed Mechanical Engineers across all factors except Learning, in which both cohorts had similar average perceived scores. These results provide a better understanding of the current state of engineering design education and indicate where interventions are required in order to better train and groom innovative engineers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015
PublisherInstitute of Industrial Engineers
Pages1585-1590
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780983762447
StatePublished - 2015
EventIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015 - Nashville, United States
Duration: May 30 2015Jun 2 2015

Publication series

NameIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015

Conference

ConferenceIIE Annual Conference and Expo 2015
CountryUnited States
CityNashville
Period05/30/1506/2/15

Keywords

  • Design teams
  • Engineering education
  • Innovation

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