Goh, Steven and Coaker, Warren and Thorpe, David (2008) How engineers become CEOs: implications for education and training. In: 9th Global Congress on Manufacturing and Management (GCMM2008), 12-14 Nov 2008, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.
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[Abstract]: The career pinnacle for most people in business is that of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This aspiration extends to individuals that have moved into managerial positions from specialist or technical areas. Engineers are one such group. It follows that there are other specific skills and attributes that may identify someone as having the ability to become a CEO. Therefore, by identifying the attributes and skills CEOs required to reach their positions, it should be possible to adjust the career management, education and training to maximise the career progression. This paper provides results of an investigation into the career progression of engineers in Australia, determining the skills and qualities they need to become large company CEOs and thus recommend strategies for long term career development. Findings indicate: CEOs often reach their position as natural career progression rather than actively seeking management; key attributes and skills are perceived as being more important than qualifications; Leadership, communication skills and financial training are the most important training requirements; most universities do not cover some highly desirable skill sets and attributes. Implications: University courses can be adjusted to better reflect the needs of industry; students and engineers can plan careers more effectively by considering their personal attributes and the skill sets required of executives; professional development programs can be designed to maximise proficiencies at the most beneficial stage of their career.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Additional Information:||Copyright 2008 GCMM Board. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||engineering leadership, professional development, engineering education, management education|
|Subjects:||330000 Education > 330200 Curriculum Studies > 330299 Curriculum Studies not elsewhere classified
330000 Education > 330100 Education Studies > 330104 Educational Policy, Administration and Management
290000 Engineering and Technology > 299900 Other Engineering and Technology > 299999 Engineering and Technology not elsewhere classified
|Depositing User:||Mr Steven Goh|
|Date Deposited:||26 Jul 2009 04:23|
|Last Modified:||11 Oct 2013 01:19|
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