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ENE55400 - Globalization and Engineering

Summer 2014

Days/Time: Arranged / Arranged
Credit Hours: 3

Learning Objective:
To understand the forces driving globalization today and throughout history, the impact of globalization on the profession of engineering, and the impact of globalization on the professional lives and training of engineers; to facilitate understanding of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context; and to facilitate global responsibility and the ability to work effectively in the global engineering profession.

Globalization is the most, or one of the most, influential forces of the first half of the 21st century. All students, regardless of discipline, benefit from an understanding of this force and its impact on their lives and profession. This course is not a critique of globalization. Whether globalization is good or bad, right or wrong, or who is helped or hurt by it is not the focus of this course. Rather, the intent of this course is to view globalization as a fact of life and to give students the opportunity to analyze, contemplate, and discuss its impact on the professional lives and work of engineers. The course is meant to build global awareness and is particularly well suited for engineers working in global environments or to help prepare students for an engineering career as a practitioner, a leader, or an educator in the 21st century.

Topics Covered:
Forces driving globalization: migration of people, trade, competition, free flow of capital, technology, and education. Impact on the engineering profession: globalization of R&D investment, global supply chains, innovation in a global enterprise, multinational and metanational corporations, globally distributed teamwork, outsourcing and off-shoring, intellectual property issues, global and environmental responsibility, and engineering education, training & lifelong learning.

Before registering for this course, you must obtain the consent of instructor: email Prof. Harris (harris@purdue.edu) for permission to register for course. Limited enrollment; priority consideration will be given to students who already have the course on their plan of study.

Applied/Theory: 100/0

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Web Content:
Access to lectures are through BlackBoard. Some lectures will be by guest speakers representing corporations and universities around the world.

Weekly reading assignments (3 books total). Weekly writing assignments (about 20 pages total). Participation in discussion questions weekly via the BlackBoard threaded discussion tool is an integral part of this course. Homework accepted via email (harris@purdue.edu).

There will be a written final report of approximately 10 pages.

There will be two (2) exams on the reading and lecture material.

Required: "The World is Flat" by Thomas Friedman; and "From Global to Metanational: How Companies Win in the Knowledge Economy" by Yves Doz, Jose Santos, & Peter Williamson. Disclaimer: Please visit the Listing of Textbooks by College or School for the most up-to-date textbook information.

Computer Requirements:
ProEd Minimum Computer Requirements.

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Dale A. Harris
Purdue University
Potter Engineering Center, Room 364
500 Central Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2022
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