U.S. Professor gives seminar at the
Engineering College in Montevideo
H. William Dettmer spent two weeks
teaching business systems management to university students
May 14, 2004
H. William Dettmer, a U.S.
professor of business systems management, gave a two-week
seminar to public university students in the Engineering
College in Montevideo.
Dettmer, a former adjunct professor at the
University of Southern California, teaches a complex method
of managing multiple projects and resources. Dettmer earned
his master’s of science degree in systems management
at the USC’s Institute of Safety and Systems Management.
The program was conceived in 1964 as a master’s degree
in aerospace operations management in response to a request
from the U.S. Air Force, which needed a large number of
trained technical managers to help develop and deploy the
Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile system.
Dettmer later returned to USC as a professor
in the master’s degree program. Since the university
closed the institute in 1996, Dettmer has been working as
a business consultant and guest lecturer, using the same
programs he taught in the institute. He has consulted in
application of constraint management to businesses in the
U.S., Canada, Korea, Japan, Netherlands, Uruguay and Brazil.
“People don’t understand that
systems management is more than managing a company’s
computers,” said Dettmer. “This course is geared
toward organizing societal, economic, management, resources
and management systems of a company.”
Using a presentation of charts, lines and
graphs, Dettmer explained how business can efficiently complete
several overlapping projects by effectively scheduling labor
and distributing available resources.
This was Dettmer’s second trip to
Uruguay. He delivered a three-day seminar in 1998 at the
same university. It was during that trip that Dettmer learned
of Uruguay’s need for qualified operational managers
in its industry in light of the country’s pressing
economic condition. Dettmer sent materials and initiated
contacts for the university to offer 35 courses necessary
for a master’s degree. Currently the university offers
a certificate program.
Dettmer is also the author of five books:
“Goldratt’s Theory of Constraints: A Systems
Approach to Continuous Improvement;” “Breaking
the Constraints to World-Class Performance;” “Manufacturing
at Warp Speed: Optimizing Supply Chain Financial Performance;
“Strategic Navigation: A Systems Approach to Business
Strategy;” and “Brainpower Networking Using
the Crawford Slip Method.”