June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
College Industry Partnerships
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Big Picture Thinkers in Industry—Who Are They?Driving a breakthrough mindset is a critical step for realization of innovation for continuedbusiness success and growth. Big Picture Thinkers (BPT) have a role in driving this mindset.However, currently, the roles, responsibilities, decision rights, skills and behaviors of BPT arenot well characterized. There is a need to understand what characteristics of BPT are critical todriving a breakthrough mindset: to better clarify their role; and to train others for a successionplan for that role. Research to characterize the development of qualities of BPT is of value to diversestakeholders. This value stems from the need to address the critical issue of the loss of massiveamounts of experience, due to the retirement of Baby Boomer generation engineers. Thisresearch aims to find ways to capture technical knowledge in industry, and to transfer thisknowledge, efficiently and effectively, to the new generation of professionals. In this paper, results of research conducted within a Fortune 500 CPG multi-nationalcompany are reported. The project has two phases: In Phase 1, we try to answer the followingresearch questions: What are the characteristics of BPT professionals, and what are theirqualifications? In Phase 2, we try to answer the following research question: How is big picturethinking acquired? The project is still on-going; only the results of Phase 1 are reported in thispaper. In Phase 1, we present analysis of semi-structured interviews with “expert” BPTs, as wellas surveys to gather data from “expert” and “promising” BPT. The interviews and surveysprovide insight into prior experiences (personal, educational, and professional); motivations;training and mentoring background; a history of work roles and responsibilities (assigned andself-directed); and a short list of self-identified “breakthrough” accomplishments. Theinterviews provide pilot data, and with the survey data will drive the next phase, Phase 2.Analysis outcomes of this phase include descriptive data on experiences associated with (1)indicators of BPT (early indicators and track record); and (2) dispositions, orientations, andtraining experiences associated with those indicators.
Ali, H., & Adams, R. (2014, June), Big Picture Thinkers in Industry—Who Are They? Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20121
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