ERIC Number: ED047250
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jul-1
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Combatting Obsolescence Using Perceived Discrepancies in Job Expectations of Research Managers and Scientists.
Barrett, Gerald V.; And Others
The "Exercise Future" questionnaire, which covers individual preferences and expectations about conditions in one's future sphere of work, was completed by 143 research and development scientists, engineers, and managers as part of an experiment to test effects on subsequent self-development activities. Three fourths saw the importance of educational upgrading and desired it, but only 44% expected to have time allocated for their own development. Positive attitudes were revealed toward the expected increasing impact of computers on research and development, but the reward structure was expected to be consistent with needs for self-development to avoid obsolescence. Freedom from organizational constraints was important to most respondents, but few expected to achieve such freedom to select new projects or set schedules for themselves. Similarly, although the organization's rules were important to most, few expected to exert any influence on the rules. (A table and 20 references are included.) (Author/LY)
Descriptors: Administrators, Attitudes, Bibliographies, Educational Needs, Engineers, Job Satisfaction, Management Development, Perception, Professional Continuing Education, Questionnaires, Research and Development Centers, Scientists, Skill Obsolescence, Surveys
National Technical Information Service, Operations Division, Springfield, Virginia 22151 (AD-712-482, MF $0.95, HC $3.00)
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Authoring Institution: Rochester Univ., NY. Management Research Center.
Note: Preliminary report