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|Title:||Engineering the soul of management in the nano era|
|Author(s):||Vijay K. Arora, (University Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai, Malaysia Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA)|
|Citation:||Vijay K. Arora, (2009) "Engineering the soul of management in the nano era", Chinese Management Studies, Vol. 3 Iss: 3, pp.213 - 234|
|Keywords:||Brain, Ethics, Knowledge management, Nanotechnology, Social values, Total quality management|
|DOI:||10.1108/17506140910984078 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Acknowledgements:||The paper is partially supported by the Distinguished Visiting Professor Grant No. 77514 managed by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Research Management Center (RMC). The author extends his heartfelt gratitude to Professor Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir, ex-Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Internationalization, UTM, for several illuminating discussions related to management issues on nanoengineering and on outcome-based education (OBE). Excellent hospitality of the UTM where this work was carried out is gratefully acknowledged. Michael Loong Peng Tan, Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, UTM, and now PhD student at the University of Cambridge has been most helpful in the author's transition from American to Asia. In fact, he has formatted this paper to the satisfaction of the journal requirements. His assistance in data, information, knowledge, and cognitive engineering has added significantly to author's wisdom. The author also appreciates dialogues with many professionals and scholars during his attendance at the professional meetings and organizations visited. Their insights have shaped or reshaped his thought processes on which this paper is based. The ideas reported here an outcome of the Final Word Lecture given on May 10, 2006 at Wilkes University. The manuscript, PowerPoint, and slides of notable quotes are downloadable from: http://web.wilkes.edu/vijay.arora/|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to propagate a goal-driven engineering process – an engine of invention, innovation, and growth – to be the soul of management for organizations to recover from the malaise that arose from illusions of creating capital wealth through deceptive paradigms where individual gains took precedence over the needs of a healthy human enterprise.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper is a result of ideas generated from author's world travels. Moving around in the world exposing oneself to organisms, to danger, one discovers serendipity and learns as much from other cultures as one can. Although some of life's lessons are learned in the
Findings – Biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, megacomputing, and nanorobots will dominate the future of human race and hence an anticipated need for effective management of emerging technologies and related human resources. In support of the synthesis of management and engineering, behavioral-based outcome-based education in the Washington Accord criteria are shown to integrate development of management and entrepreneurial skills as part of the engineering training.
Originality/value – The paper examines the American and Asian values of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness by integrative process of physical, social/emotional, mind, and above all spiritual upbringings as human life evolves from the cradle to the grave.
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