Until recently, engineering value creation has mostly been associated with innovation, entrepreneurs, and famous inventors like Thomas Edison and Nikolas Tesla.
However, recent research by Bill Williams and I demonstrates this understanding is misleading.
It is the routine, everyday engineering performances dominating the lives of most engineers, with few opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurial activities, which contribute most engineering value.
Routine everyday engineering not only creates great value, but also protects accumulated value from inadvertent destruction.
Our work will appear in two forthcoming publications:
- Trevelyan, James P., and Bill Williams. 2017, forthcoming. “Value creation in the engineering enterprise: an educational perspective.” European Journal of Engineering Education.
- Trevelyan, James P., and Bill Williams. 2018, forthcoming. “Identifying Value in the Engineering Enterprise.” In The Engineering-Business Nexus: Symbiosis, Tension, and Co-Evolution, edited by Steen Hyldgaard Christensen, Bernard Delahousse, Christelle Didier, Martin Meganck and Mike Murphy. London: Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
We sincerely believe that engineering educators could build on these ideas and greatly improve the quality of engineering education, even with relatively minor changes to current courses. However, these publications require further explanations and examples to be useful for educators.
Therefore we have released a guide for engineering value creation for students, educators and practicing engineers. This is freely accessible in PDF format. To complement the guide, here is a set of annotated presentation slides from my keynote address to the Australasian Conference on Engineering Education in Sydney, December 13, 2017.
These are living documents and our intention is to update them regularly as we receive feedback from educators and students.