Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management


Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. R. E. Munsterman

Second Advisor

Dr. T. Gupta

Third Advisor

Dr. Andrew Targowski

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


CIM technology is rapidly becoming an essential part of businesses of all types and sizes. The impact on the culture of the enterprise is possibly of even greater complexity. Most existing implementations have been done by large businesses large teams of specialized talent.

The unique scope of this work is to simplify the implementation of CIM for small companies. The basic research derived from the WMU/IBM CIM Management Center, a fully functioning CIM facility that provides hands on experience to students and regional businesses.

The cultural references concerning CIM are derived from reading and personal experiences with industry while setting up CIM technology to satisfy competitive needs.

The appendix of the paper is a listing of significant hardware, software, and functions supported in the WMU/IBM CIM Management Center. While not directly transferable to any other CIM system it provides valuable reference to functioning technology. The paper should also help others attempting to evaluate available CIM options.