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1st Edition

The Aerospace Business
Management and Technology

ISBN 9780367280581
Published October 18, 2019 by Routledge
386 Pages 167 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This textbook provides a detailed overview of industry-specific business management and technology management practices in aerospace for relevant bachelors and MBA programs.

The Aerospace Business: Management and Technology sequentially addresses familiar management disciplines such as production management, labor relations, program management, business law, quality assurance, engineering management, supply-chain management, marketing, and finance, among others. In this context it analyzes and discusses the distinctive perspective and requirements of the aerospace industry. The book also includes subjects of special interest such as government intervention in the sector and strategies to deal with the environmental impact of aircraft. As each chapter deals with a separate management discipline, the material reviews the historical background, technical peculiarities, and financial factors that led the aerospace industry to evolve its own distinct practices and tradition. Theoretical bases of the practices are explained, and the chapters provide actual examples from the industry to illustrate application of the theories. The material is compiled, organized, and analyzed in ways that often provide original perspectives of the subject matter.

University students, particularly in programs oriented towards aviation and aerospace management, will find the book to be directly applicable to their studies. It is also extremely appropriate for aerospace MBA and executive MBA programs, and would suit specialized corporate or government training programs related to aerospace.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction  2 Structure of the Aerospace Industry  3 The Aerospace Workforce and Labor Relations  4 Aerospace Law, International Accords, and Contracting Procedures  5 Government Economic Support of the Aerospace Industry  6 International Cooperation, Joint Ventures, Teaming, and Industrial Offsets  7 Aerospace Accounting and Financial Management  8 Aerospace Systems Engineering and Technology Management  9 Management of Aerospace Programs  10 Aerospace Production Management  11 Management of Aerospace Quality Assurance  12 Management of the Aerospace Supply Chain  13 Aerospace Marketing  14 Aerospace Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul  15 Environmental Challenges and the Aerospace Industry

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Wesley Spreen’s professional career in the aerospace industry includes executive and managerial jobs at Boeing, Lockheed, General Dynamics, Textron, and the US Air Force. At Lockheed he was managing director of the F-16 international coproduction consortium, which at the time was the largest cooperative industrial program in the history of the aerospace industry. At Boeing he was Director of International Marketing and Sales for the company’s helicopter division.


"Wesley Spreen has produced a work of encyclopaedic proportion. Where else would you find such an array of subjects, covering so many disciplines and functional activities, expertly covered by an author at the top of his game? Thoroughly recommended." — Paul Clark, Managing Director, Through The Looking Glass Ltd