How engineers become CEOs

Goh, Steven and Coaker, Warren and Bullen, Frank (2012) How engineers become CEOs. In: Engineering Leadership Conference (ELC 2012): Passing the Baton - Engineering Australia's Future, 30 May-2 Jun 2012, Adelaide, Australia.

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Engineering Managers in the 21st Century will be operating in a very different environment compared to 2008. The major change is that it will be a more globalized world. The professional and educational requirements of senior engineering managers will need to noticeably evolve to meet these changes. Thus, there are implications for relevant education providers such as engineering faculties. This paper provides results of a 2007 investigation into the perspectives of CEOs on career progression of engineers from new graduates to CEOs in Australia, and determining the skills and qualities engineers need as CEOs of large companies. The paper also investigates the implication of predicted changes in operating environments in the year 2020 via an environmental scan, and recommends strategies for career development for the potential senior engineering managers of the 21st century. This paper also proposes potential implications for educators. Some unique findings are that it will be desirable to have an ability to deal with the increasingly globalized nature of engineering projects and an ability to lead multi-disciplinary multi-cultural teams but to also possess deep technical knowledge, as opposed to a generalist background.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 06:05
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 23:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education; engineering leadership; management education; professional development
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
40 ENGINEERING > 4099 Other engineering > 409999 Other engineering not elsewhere classified
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350503 Human resources management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development

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