On 1 January, the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society became the IEEE’s newest society. Changing its name from the Technology Management Council, it brings the number of IEEE societies to 39. TEMS will focus on helping members develop leadership skills and stay current with best practices in areas such as product design, manufacturing, and managing global teams.
“As a society, we now have volunteers working specifically on our members’ areas of focus, which will help us grow,” says Jennifer Trelewicz, the society’s president. “We are already seeing a great deal of activity, with volunteers planning events and working with other IEEE societies and with IEEE Young Professionals to attract new members.”
Councils are groups of societies working together, while societies are made up of individual members. During its eight years as a council, the group developed a number of resources for those who want to become managers or simply sharpen their leadership skills. These resources will now be offered to the society’s members.
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The new society will continue holding the conferences and publications started by the management council. For example, the annual IEEE International Technology Management Conference, to be held from 22 to 24 June in Belfast, Northern Ireland, will cover topics on crisis management, business models for customizable products and services, and managing global project teams.
The quarterly journal Transactions on Engineering Management will continue to cover original research in seven areas: people and organizations, engineering projects, models and methodologies, information technology, manufacturing systems, technology and innovation management, and e-business.
Another quarterly, IEEE Engineering Management Review, features original papers as well as republished articles from other publications on topics such as systems engineering, sustainable design, project management, mentoring younger employees, and techniques for managing stress. You can also subscribe to Leader, the society’s newsletter, which is published online several times a year.
The society’s website contains more management tips. Its Learning section features articles on strategy, product design, and ethics, as well as videos on management techniques and advice for entrepreneurs.