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Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Alumni, Mumbai, India
Comfort Zone is a psychological state when things are familiar and people feel they are in control and hence experience less anxiety. However for a person to grow the person must step out of comfort zone into an optimum performance zone. What is true for persons can be true of an academic discipline. Industrial Engineering, which essentially means Optimisation, is currently in comfort zone of office/factory/shop set up. Industrial Engineering must step out of this familiar set up and get into everything, everywhere and every time. Getting out of comfort zone is scary, but not so hard. And indeed being out of comfort zone is what will ensure growth and eventual success. No growth can happen by staying with familiar. Scientists and Inventors have to step out of comfort zone. Explorers had to step out of comfort zone to discover new continents. If humans had not step out of comfort zones we would not have had aeroplanes or ships for that matter. Academic discipline also has to move out of comfort zones to grow. Some of obvious instance of an academic discipline growing by stepping into interdisciplinary mode is Biotechnology, or Process Control that borrows from Electrical engineering and Computer Science as much as from Chemical Engineering.
Industrial Engineering, Comfort Zone, Optimisation, Growth, Psychological State, Unknown, Operations Management
Prabhakar Deshpande. (2022). Industrial Engineering Must Get out of Comfort Zone. Industrial Engineering, 6(1), 7-9. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ie.20220601.12
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