Managerial career learning in engineering: An integrated approach

Quey-Jen Yeh, Tai Ping Chang

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Abstract

Career-related continual learning often involves formal and informal, off- and on-the-job learning, as characterized by the three types: formal off-the-job classroom learning, informal self-training, and task characteristics learning. A questionnaire survey and Structural Equation Modeling serves to test propositions pertaining to the interactive effects of these three categories of learning. The model derives from implicit belief and self-efficacy theories, which stress how personal beliefs help translate external data. A career stage and work characteristic model also provides guidelines for designing managerial task characteristics for engineering. The sample, representing 449 engineering careerists from six technical enterprises in Taiwan, comprises both R&D and general engineers and managers. The results suggest that the best managerial learning occurs after engineers practice management at work. Of the three learning methods, self-training engenders the most benefits, though the creation of these benefits depends on the task characteristics of the on-the-job learning opportunities offered by organizations. Namely, the combined way generates the best learning way for management in engineering. Off-the-job classroom training should be provided to young engineers, who have not yet had chances to learn management in the workplace. Overall, the findings suggest that management is learnable; however, it requires proper multiscale measurements to reflect engineers' actual learning experience.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st International Technology Management Conference, ITMC 2011
Pages61-66
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 26
Event1st International Technology Management Conference, ITMC 2011 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 2011 Jun 272011 Jun 30

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 1st International Technology Management Conference, ITMC 2011

Other

Other1st International Technology Management Conference, ITMC 2011
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA
Period11-06-2711-06-30

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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    Yeh, Q-J., & Chang, T. P. (2011). Managerial career learning in engineering: An integrated approach. In Proceedings of the 1st International Technology Management Conference, ITMC 2011 (pp. 61-66). [5995929] (Proceedings of the 1st International Technology Management Conference, ITMC 2011). https://doi.org/10.1109/ITMC.2011.5995929