June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.1001.1 - 24.1001.16
Preparing Our Graduates to be More Effective Leaders In a World of Systems-Oriented RiskToday’s systems are becoming increasingly more complex and more interdependent— thereforethe need for engineers who can effectively innovate, design and manage such systems isbecoming more critical. In order to develop the skill set necessary to succeed in a leadershipposition in a competitive and risky workplace, an engineer must be able to deal with systemssituations. Systems engineering and systems thinking provide a framework for anticipating orenvisioning possible future changes (both within the system boundaries and within theinteractive system’s environment) and for effectively responding to internal and external risksand opportunities in a timely manner.Accordingly, this paper concerns itself with identifying and illustrating a set of teachable SystemCompetencies for Leaders. Much like the technical System Competencies1 for engineers, whichhave already been identified and employed in a classroom setting at our school, SystemCompetencies for Leaders must contain a set of teachable instrumental principles, ideas andmethods. These should enable leaders from all engineering backgrounds to appropriately assessand deal with complex systems situations that require a holistic approach to succeed in acompetitive marketplace.It is with this dictum that the authors began a pilot study to research how the Department ofEngineering Management at our school can enhance its instructional activities, reported in thispaper. This includes both the traditional engineering classroom setting, as well as in theadvanced professional development setting, to prepare our students for the competitive globalworkplace dominated by complex systems problems.
Andrijcic, E., & Schindel, W. D., & Downing, C. G. (2014, June), Preparing Our Graduates to be More Effective Leaders In a World of Systems-Oriented Risk Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--22934
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