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Best practice engineering asset cultures : a pilot study

Murphy, Glen D. (2008) Best practice engineering asset cultures : a pilot study. In Jinji, Goa, Lee, Jay, Ni, Jun, Ma, Lin, & Mathew, Joseph (Eds.) 3rd World Congress on Engineering Asset Management and Intelligent Maintenance Systems Conference (WCEAM-IMS 2008): Engineering Asset Management – A Foundation for Sustainable Development, 27–30 October 2008, Beijing, China.

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Abstract

engineering and maintenance departments. Those wishing to implement contemporary maintenance regimes (e.g. Condition Based Maintenance) are often encouraged to develop "appropriate cultures" to support the new method's introduction. Unfortunately these same publications often fail to articulate the cultural values required to support the efforts of those behind the implementation. In the broader literature only a limited number of case examples document the cultural values held by engineering asset intensive firms and how they contribute to their success (or failure). Consequently a gap exists in our knowledge of what engineering cultures currently are, and what might constitute a best practice engineering asset culture. We report the findings of a pilot study investigating the perceived ideal characteristics of engineering asset cultures. Engineering managers, consultants and academics (n=47) were surveyed as to what they saw were essential attributes of both engineering cultures and of engineering asset personnel. Valued cultural elements included those orientated around safety and quality and commercial orientations. Valued individual attributes included openness to change, interpersonal skills and contentiousness. The paper concludes with a discussion regarding the development of a best practice cultural framework.

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ID Code: 15610
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Organizational Culture, Engineering Asset Management, Engineering Cultures
ISBN: 9781848822160
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Research Centres > CRC Integrated Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM)
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Springer
Copyright Statement: This is the author-version of the work. Conference proceedings published, by Springer Verlag, will be available via SpringerLink. http://www.springerlink.com SpringerLink
Deposited On: 13 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 15:46

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