Enterprise Engineering is “an integrated approach for building or improving an enterprise, its processes, and systems. It integrates the most powerful change methods and makes them succeed. The goal is a human-technological partnership of maximum efficiency in which learning takes place at every level”
Dynamic changes have influenced the role played by companies to reposition themselves to face the competitiveness challenge. These are driven by globalization, rapid changes in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the opening of traditional borders (EU) and the rapid proliferation of electronic business. It is vitally important for competitive companies to innovatively adapt to these changes and to plan and reposition themselves with agility. A formal integrated approach to enhance the innovation capabilities of developing companies has emerged during the past decade. This will impact on company performance levels and Change Management (CM) initiatives.
Once innovative changes have been implemented within an enterprise, the smooth operations of the new enterprise is vital in order to realize the true value add of the innovation. Resources need to be managed, supply chains organized and operations need to be monitored.
The Enterprise Engineering division conducts research in Enterprise Design, Enterprise Modelling, Simulation, Knowledge, Knowledge Networks, Innovation Management, Ontology and Taxonomies. In addition, it supports technology transfer to industry through short courses and industry related research projects focused on enterprise “blueprinting”.
Integrated Enterprise Engineering incorporates:
Enterprise Engineering thus focuses on more than just one Focus Area.
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During 1994 new trends in Industrial Engineering accentuated Enterprise Integration. The newly established Group for Enterprise Engineering and Competitiveness (CEEC) developed the IEKOS (Industrial Engineering Knowledge Object System) and the Enterprise Engineering Roadmap (EE Roadmap); resulting in a software environment aimed at integrating and documenting the enterprise improvement process. Indutech (Pty) Ltd, a spin-off company of the GCC, has developed Enterprise Design Navigator EDEN which is commercially available to industry. For further information contact: Indutech
This thesis has its roots in Industrial Engineering, where the premise of improving and managing efficiency, effectiveness, productivity and quality is the most common and accepted source of organisational sustenance and furtherance. This thesis, however, addresses the evolutionary and revolutionary imperatives of a new paradigm for competitive advantage – innovation. The notion of innovation is considered many things. First and foremost, however, it has become the primary differentiator of organisational competitiveness, rendering it the source of sustained long-term prosperity.
What may seem ambiguous in the title of this thesis is essentially the imperative of every organisation functioning within the competitive domain. Where organisational maturity and innovativeness were traditionally considered antonymous, the assimilation of these two seemingly contradictory notions is fundamental to the assurance of long-term organisational prosperity. Organisations are required, now more than ever, to grow and mature their innovation capability.
This thesis consolidates the principles of innovation and identifies the fundamental components that constitute innovation capability. An approach, known as Capability Maturity Modelling, is evaluated for its ability to provide a transfer mechanism for these components. Furthermore, the thesis describes generic evolutionary plateaus for accumulating the above mentioned components and progressively heightening innovation capability maturity.
The result, an Innovation Capability Maturity Model (ICMM), serves two primary purposes: to establish the innovation capability maturity of an organisation; and to facilitate the development of an improvement path best suited to the organisation’s innovation capability maturity status quo.
The model is then implemented in a case study to establish the innovation capability maturity of an organisation in the insurance industry. The outputs of the case study are used to implement refinements to the model and to suggest areas for further possible research.
Student: Heinz Essman
Study Leader: Prof Niek du Preez
Notes: During examination, the potential of this research was recognised by all the examiners, and this MSc Thesis was then transformed into a PhD. Heinz is now busy completing this PhD.
To establish South African best practice for initiating, deploying and operating an Integrated Knowledge Network between different role-players. Such role-players include Research institutions and Commercial companies in the DTI growth sectors.
An Integrated Knowledge Network (IKN) is a formal network of organisations that have positioned their systems, processes and people in such a way as to allow for the transfer of information and knowledge between the organisations.
This transfer could be on an ad-hoc basis, whenever one of the parties requires advice from another, it could be part of a joint innovation project or it could be part of the operational level transactions between the two organisations. Whichever form the relationship takes, it involves the sharing of collective experiences and insight to improve both the organisations’ businesses.
Since an objective is to focus IKNs to foster innovation, specific focus is given to investigate the impact of Knowledge Networking on innovation. Innovation is today widely recognised by both industry and academia as a necessity for any business that wants to remain competitive, survive and grow.
A challenge recognised during previous projects was the lack of accepted processes and methods available that allow one to formally manage a project with commercial deliveries successfully in such an environment, without stifling individuals’ intellectual freedom required for successful innovation during an innovative project.
In order to fully understand this environment, it is necessary to gain a better understanding of the following domains:
Student: Corne Schutte (PhD)
Study Leader: Prof Niek du Preez