Management education for the 21st century engineering manager: an Australian perspective

Goh, Steven and Coaker, Warren and Bullen, Frank (2008) Management education for the 21st century engineering manager: an Australian perspective. In: 38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2008): Racing Toward Innovation in Engineering Education , 22-25 Oct 2008, Saratoga Springs, NY. United States.


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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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2009 07:44
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 05:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering education; engineering leadership; management education; professional development
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1109/FIE.2008.4720275

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