ERIC Number: ED022981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
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Executive Development from Specialist to Generalist.
Niemi, John Arvo
A study was made of an innovative University of California (Los Angeles) program designed to help engineering executives become executive generalists and technical managers. The purpose was to learn the degree to which program objectives were being met, effects of participation on managerial mobility, and the extent to which graduates altered their interests and activities. Participants were younger (25-35) than those in business executive programs and seemed highly motivated to make up undergraduate grade point deficiencies. Experience in interpersonal relations and study of group behavior were rated very high, but relating the engineer to society and his company to the broad environment was not. A need was seen for more business content, especially law and finance. The most immediate effect on the graduates' position was an increase in salary and prestige. The average mobility toward more responsible positions increased with number of years after graduation. There was a low adoption rate of business and quantitative decision-making tools. Despite a significant increase in informal learning activities, there was little change in professional membership and participation in community affairs. (ly)
Descriptors: Administrators, Adoption (Ideas), Age Differences, Doctoral Dissertations, Engineers, Extension Education, General Education, Management Development, Motivation, Occupational Mobility, Participant Characteristics, Participation, Program Content, Program Evaluation, Research
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles.