SUNConferences, Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering 2014

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A CENSUS OF SOUTH AFRICAN INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERS, BASED ON DATA EXTRACTED FROM LINKEDIN
Liezl Van Dyk

Last modified: 2014-06-26

Abstract


The first South African Industrial Engineers graduated in 1963.  Since then, the number of graduates per annum has grown to more than 200 per annum. Many of these Industrial Engineers use the social network, LinkedIn, to publish their professional profile and to build professional networks. The purpose of this paper is to make use of the information published on LinkedIn to determine who employs South African Industrial Engineers and which skills are attributed to them. LinkedIn-data were harvested, warehoused and analyzed  of  362 persons who hold a Bachelor  degree in Industrial Engineering from a South African university. In conclusion, the feasibility of this methodology is contemplated and the  results of this investigation are discussed.

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