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focused specifically on energy.
However, as energy prices declined in the mid-80's, the influence of energy managers declined as
well. As the forward to the seventh edition of the "Energy Management Handbook", the primary
text of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), notes: "First, being an energy manager was like
being a mother, John Wayne, and a slice of apple pie all in one. Everyone supported the concept,
and success was around every bend. Then the mid-80's plunge in energy prices caused some to
wonder 'Do we really need to continue energy management?"' 12].
Nearly concurrent to the decline of energy management was the rise of process management
techniques including the closely related concepts of lean manufacturing and six sigma. These concepts particularly emphasized pushing decision making authority down to the front line employees,
and using the scientific method to make decisions. A myriad of tools and processes were created to
support this general concept, with many corporations developing their own continuous improvement
programs that often melded the two co...
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