Building leadership capacity of engineering academics in a leadership vacuum constructed within a participatory group to engage a professional body

Goh, Steven and Hartle, Todd and Brodie, Megan (2011) Building leadership capacity of engineering academics in a leadership vacuum constructed within a participatory group to engage a professional body. In: REES 2011: Research in Engineering Education Symposium , 4-7 Oct 2011, Madrid, Spain.

Abstract

This research investigates academic leadership at the frontline. It seeks to understand how and why engineering academics react to opportunities to develop and exhibit leadership. The analysis thus far indicates that there is an interdependent relationship between learned skills, traits, environment, and context in the way academics perceive, value, develop and exhibit leadership. The preliminarily findings are: Academics can operate within academia and be very successful without developing or exhibiting leadership; Most participants have industry experience and are engineering leaders, however, they chose not to exhibit leadership; Leadership vacuum alone does not necessarily encourage exhibition of leadership; Authority and structures were perceived as important; Academic context presents driving forces that inhibit developing and exhibiting leadership even in favourable environments; There is a self-selection process for academics to enter academia; Providing opportunities and changing the discourse of academics will enhance their leadership perceptions and behaviours.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Paper no. 44 Copyright is held by the Author. Deposited with permission of author.
Depositing User: Mr Steven Goh
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2012 05:21
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2014 04:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: leadership development; academic staff development; faculty development; academic context; industry engagement
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150312 Organisational Planning and Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20445

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