Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Engineering Leadership Development
Using a Systematic Review to Identify Leadership Competency Needs Across Engineering Disciplines
Over the past two decades, influential engineering organizations such as NAE and ABET have increasingly emphasized that future engineers must understand and apply leadership principles throughout their career, remembering the global and societal impacts of engineering. The recent call for leadership development in engineers is a result of a variety of economic, societal, environmental, and demographic forces. With ABET’s revisions to include leadership of teams, ethics, and communications in its student outcomes, it is important to understand what the academic literature has revealed to inform decision-making on educational initiatives and assessment strategies. The purpose of this paper is to conduct a pilot study using the systematic review of literature for one engineering discipline, civil engineering, to summarize the state of knowledge and education related to engineering leadership development since 2000.
A systematic review of engineering leadership literature was completed using the guidelines defined by Borrego, Foster, and Froyd1. The study included a review of three journals within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The three journals included: Journal of Leadership and Management in Engineering; Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice; Journal of Management in Engineering. Analysis of these three journals resulted in 77 articles based on a search of leadership and engineering+leadership. The ASCE journals were selected based on the relevance to engineering leadership education and the specific focus on the topic within an engineering specific discipline. This study is valuable to the engineering leadership community as it analyzes a method for synthesizing the research related to engineering leadership for potential use as a framework for a larger study across multiple disciplines.
 Borrego, M., Foster, M.J., Froyd, J.E., (2014). Systematic literature reviews in engineering education and other developing interdisciplinary fields. Journal of Engineering Education. 103(1), pp. 45-76. DOI: 10.1002/jee.20038
Handley, M., & Plumblee, J. M., & Erdman, A. M. (2018, June), The Engineering Leader of the Future: Research and Perspectives Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31096
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