June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
Focus on the role of motivation and emotions as part of engineering entrepreneurial definitions pose an intriguing question: Might understanding how college students characterize a new graduate’s entrepreneurial action be crucial for expanding a definition of innovation and infusing new elements in the curriculum? In this paper, we utilized students’ interpersonal perceptions of another to parse out the definition of innovativeness, finding that gender matters for achievement motivation and affiliation motivation in conceptualizing an engineer/founder/CEO. The study included two independent elements (gender cue prompt and gender of participant) and studied effects of these variables on both the story-oriented dependent variable and mood scale reports for the characterization of the engineer/founder/CEO. Eighty-three participants on both coasts of the United States and in Northern Europe provide vivid action shots and stunning motivational characterizations. Findings indicate negativity manifests significantly in an individual’s interpersonal perception of a new graduate’s decision to step away from their founded company, revealing that interpersonal perceptions vary by gender for motivation and negative emotion.
Karanian, B. A., & Taajamaa, V. M., & Parlier, C. A., & Eskandari, M. (2019, June), Provoked Emotion in Student Stories of Motivation Reveal Gendered Perceptions of What It Means to be Innovative in Engineering Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33213
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