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Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Management, Policy: Intersections or Separate Domains?

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016





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Innovation in Engineering Leadership Education

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Engineering Leadership Development Division

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Kathryn A. Neeley University of Virginia

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Kathryn Neeley is Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society in the Engineering & Society Department of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is a past chair of the Liberal Education/Engineering & Society Division of ASEE and is particularly interested in the role of liberal education in developing engineering leaders.

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These words from Eliot’s play The Rock, which was published a little over 80 years ago, were originally intended as a description of human experience at that time. Many observers today would argue that it was more a prediction on a scale that would have boggled even Eliot’s expansive mind. Nowhere is his observation more pertinent than in academia, where the system of publication has expanded from one based primarily on disciplines to one that includes increasing numbers of interdisciplinary and specialized journals. The literature and structure of ASEE divisions concerned engineering leadership, entrepreneurship/innovation, management, and policy appears to follow this pattern. Close examination of the papers published in this domain reveals lots of intersection among and between these four topics, as well as common concerns such as communication and teamwork. These phenomena raise some interesting questions and present some formidable challenges for scholars and educators in engineering leadership, including this one: is “leadership” the latest way of talking about engineering policy, management, and entrepreneurship, or is it, rather, a separate domain?

The paper proposed here will report on a systematic, empirical analysis of publication in the four areas described above. The goal will be to discern patterns within the ASEE and in English-language journals published globally. My hypothesis is that the proliferation of divisions and publications has made scholars and educators less visible to each other, rather than more connected, and made it increasingly difficult to master the literature relevant to understanding and developing the component skills of each area. Regardless of whether the analysis supports my hypothesis, the results should have significant implications for scholars and educators of engineering leadership.

Neeley, K. A. (2016, June), Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Management, Policy: Intersections or Separate Domains? Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25522

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