The MTM Organization – Structure and purpose
The worldwide MTM network
The worldwide MTM network consists of over 20 organizations on five continents. Their scope is the distribution and efficient use of MTM for the member companies internationally. Just as the euro binds the European economies monetarily, MTM influences the European business culture in the area of industrial engineering. It is additionally the task of the non-profit MTM Organization to support research and development.
The organizations work actively with businesses, associations, wage contract parties and representatives from universities, colleges as well as other research institutions. They also arrange national conventions, conferences for MTM users and workshops. They put out numerous publications as well. In order to secure the worldwide uniform standards of MTM, they keep each other in close contact through the IMD. The establishing of MTM Organizations in all countries is also supported, with cooperative measures on location and an extensive transfer of know-how.
The MTM Organization is supported by professional committees served by colleagues from the organization and MTM professionals from the member firms: the Technical Committees to renew the official MTM training masters and develop learning material; special groups with specific short term improvement objectives. Up to today more than 70,000 production planners, designers, time managers and many others have been trained by the MTM Organization – an extensive job.
Figure 1 – official certificates issued from 2005 to 2013
The International MTM Directorate serves as a coordinating body for research activities of the National Associations, for publication of international standards of practice, for membership development, and for communication and exchange of information. The major areas of activity of the IMD to reach the general objective are:
- Standards of Practice
- Membership development
With its own officers elected by the NMTMA delegates, the IMD has distinct power and activities in addition to providing guidance and influence within NMTMA groups. Served by a Secretariat based in Varese, Italy, there is the Executive Director with executive powers, who reports to the Managing Board of Trustees. A General Assembly holds legislative powers and meets at least once a year to define policy and ratify interim actions of the Managing Board. Besides the Executive Director, other executives, forming the Executive Board, are the President and the Vice President.
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