Asem Em Bok
2008 Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
This paper reviews the general criteria used to establish a body of knowledge and evaluates the American Society of Engineering Management's (ASEM) decision process to develop the EM BoK against these criteria. The development of the ASEM EM BoK was made possible because of the many EM undergraduate programs that are ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited and EM graduate programs that are ASEM certified. After a two year development effort the American Society for
... erican Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Board of Directors voted to adopt the EM BoK. As the lead professional society for engineering management, ASEM had made the creation of an EM BoK its key strategic goal. Future plans for the EM BoK include the development of an Engineering Managers validation test. training modules leading to Professional Development Hours (PDH) and an EM BoK Handbook. Future research includes continual updating of the EM BoK and continuing to survey a wide selection of EM programs. Keywords: Engineering Management; Engineering Management Body of Knowledge; Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM). Existing EM BoK in EM Accredited/Certified Programs A few years ago the ASEM launched a Certification Program for Masters in Engineering Management (Westbrook, 2003(Westbrook, , 2004. Four schools and six MS programs have achieved ASEM Certification. ASEM certification included curriculum standards for EM Masters-level program. Also in the last few years the number of ABET accredited undergraduate programs has grown from 3 to 5 (Abel, 2005). Since then the number has increased to six. A number of other programs are in the process of gaining ABET accreditation. These two events made it possible to establish an EM BoK based on the content of ABET accredited and ASEM certified EM programs. Both ABET and ASEM require programs to be based on outcomes that are reviewed with industrial/ government advisory boards and have curricula developed by faculty who are experts in the field. Page 13.225.2 Criteria to Judge the Decision Process to Develop EM BoK Developing a Body of Knowledge (BoK) requires that the subjects/topics selected be those that practitioners and experts in the field can agree on. The overall criteria used in choosing BoK topics/subjects are that they be generally recognized as good practice most of the time. This criteria is similar to the criteria used by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) 14. PM BoK -3 rd. Edition -page vii states that, "criteria for the inclusion of material" will be "generally recognized as good practice on most projects most of the time." ASEM criteria substituted subjects/topics for projects.