Prof. Richard Addo-Tenkorang Believes Industrial Engineering Research Will Lead to a Global Industrial Revolution

Does Industrial Engineering Guarantee a More Seamless Livelihood? Defining Industrial Engineering with Prof. Richard Addo-Tenkorang

By Abdoul Amadou on Jul 9, 2018
Book cover The industrial engineering and management (IEM) research field plays a role in the advancement of sustainability production, according to Prof. Richard Addo-Tenkorang. In addition, this research area enables product development, technological and strategic management fronts, ultimately influencing today’s technological advancement. Aspects of industrial engineering, such as 3D printing and robotics, make certain areas in our lives simpler. IGI Global had the pleasure of interviewing Prof. Richard Tenkorang, co-editor of Supply Chain Strategies and the Engineer-to-Order Approach, where he shared his passion and benefits of the (IEM) field.

What inspired you to pursue research activities in your research area?

As an engineer, a technologist, and a researcher, I am always fascinated about how things around us in our daily lives work to make certain things easy and comfortable for livelihood and humanity in general. Therefore, my background in core mechanical engineering and business IT management led me to pursue a terminal degree in the area of industrial engineering and management (IEM). Hence, my interest in pursuing research in this grew deeper. This is an area that is very versatile and dynamic because it effectively combines three disciplines: applied engineering, applied technology, and applied management. Thanks to the combination of these three disciplines, the world will definitely see a wave of industrial revolutions to come.

Why are your respective areas of research important to the field at large?

My area of research is very critical for economic, social, and environmental research and empowerment, because every initiative taken is accomplished with a huge sense of sustainability in mind. Thus, its approach cuts across not only the engineering perspective of sustainable production or product development but also across the technological and strategic management fronts, which are equally important in this era of technological advancement in every field (e.g. the Internet of Things, Big Data, Industry 4.0, Digital Manufacturing, Digital Twin, etc.).

In your opinion, what are some of the benefits of your research to its community of users?

The benefits of my area of research to its community of users are numerous and uncountable, but a major one can be summarized as follows: Enterprise manufacturing supply chains (SCs), where Information and Communications Technology (ICT) enablers are employed to enhance and evolve the activities, processes, operations, and trends in traditional product development or classical manufacturing. This approach has been customised into many streams and/or perspectives depending the expected results, and these include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Cloud / virtual manufacturing (Digital manufacturing, Digital twin, Industry 4.0, etc.)
  • Big Data, Big Data Analytics, Data-driven engineer-to-order (ETO) SCs, etc.

What are the future directions of your research areas?

The future direction of my research area(s) include the following:

  • Cloud / virtual manufacturing (Digital manufacturing, Digital twin, Industry 4.0, etc.)
  • Big Data, Big Data Analytics, Data-driven engineer-to-order (ETO) SCs, etc.
  • Human Ergonomics in the perspective of the fast technological advancement or evolution of smart manufacturing as well as the security involved (cyber, etc.) will also be an area, which will feature in the limelight for extensive research.

What has your experience been like publishing with IGI Global?

It was a great experience and a privilege. I was very happy about how IGI Global’s editorial team was of great assistance. I was made to feel I was not alone during the project, and their help and professional assistance was always available and just an email or phone call away. Thank you IGI Global!
IGI Global is grateful for the opportunity to work with Prof. Addo-Tenkorang and we would like to thank him and his co-editors, Professors Jussi Kantola from the University of Vaasa, Finland; Petri Helo, also from the University of Vaasa, Finland; and Ahm Shamsuzzoha from Sultan Qaboos University, Oman; for helping IGI Global cultivate and disseminate emerging concepts and theories in the field of engineering.
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