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The Effects Of Theory "X" And Theory "Y" On Network Engineers

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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IE and EM Program Mangement

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Engineering Management

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12.1419.1 - 12.1419.8



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Lahoud Hilmi East Carolina University

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Batts David East Carolina University

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The Effects of Theory “X” and Theory “Y” on Network Engineers Abstract

Network engineering is a dynamic profession that consists of designing, implementing, and maintaining different aspects of network connectivity in a secure manner. As Information Technology (IT) changes and new security threats strike enterprise networks, network engineers strive to provide solutions to defend their networks from such threats. In addition to the demanding job responsibilities and challenges, network engineers are often managed in a fashion that drives them to job dissatisfaction and leads them to pursue other job opportunities. This paper covers some of the challenges that network administrators face and how “Theory X” and “Theory Y” affects their job satisfaction in addition to how an engineering manager can improve performance through job satisfaction.


Network engineering is one of the most dynamic and challenging careers in the Information Technology (IT) industry. Network engineering has evolved in the past few years due to the yoke of the IT industry and the globalization of economy. As network engineers seek to provide better designs and implementations of computer networks, they also have to take into consideration certain factors such as the legal, security, accessibility, compatibility, and growth of the enterprise network. In addition to such challenges, management style and leadership can contribute to the job-dissatisfaction of such individuals and drive them to pursue other job opportunities or even changing careers. This paper focuses on how Theory X and Theory Y management styles affect the performance of IT professionals in general and network administrators and engineers in particular; in addition, this paper discusses how an engineering manager can improve the network engineer’s performance through job satisfaction.

According to 1 network engineering, in telecommunications, is a career where individuals work in different IT related areas such as telephony, computer science, and radio communications. When it comes to telephony, network engineers are responsible for determining, developing, and implementing hardware and software solutions on switched networks. In computer science, network engineers are individuals that are responsible for providing hardware and software engineering to accomplish the design and goals of a computer network. In radio communications, network engineers work on developing network topologies.

Hilmi, L., & David, B. (2007, June), The Effects Of Theory "X" And Theory "Y" On Network Engineers Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--3017

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