How engineers become CEOs: implications for education and training

Goh, Steven ORCID: 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.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2008 GCMM Board. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
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: 26 Jul 2009 04:23
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2014 22:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering leadership, professional development, engineering education, management education
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390403 Educational administration, management and leadership
40 ENGINEERING > 4099 Other engineering > 409999 Other engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development

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