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Using a Grounded Theory to Determine the Motivational Factors of Engineers' Participation in Public Policy

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Engineering and Public Policy Division Technical Session 1

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Engineering and Public Policy

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Sarah Bouazzaoui Old Dominion University

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Sarah Bouazzaoui is a Ph.D. candidate and an adjunct instructor at Old Dominion University. Her
research interests include Engineering Ethics, socio-political engineering, Motivation theory, Leadership,
and System complexity. Her email address is

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Charles B. Daniels Old Dominion University

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Mr. Daniels has over 30 years of experience in organizational management and leadership, communications systems, information systems, management consulting, change management, employee and leadership development and quality improvement in both government and commercial enterprises. He has over 20 years of experience in program management for large scale, mission-critical systems; system development lifecycle analysis; planning and implementation; systems engineering; line management and engineering; culture change and management consulting. He has also served as a senior executive and Vice President for Engineering for a Fortune 500 commercial enterprise. Mr. Daniels is currently a Lecturer in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology of the Old Dominion University.

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Public policies and public decision making associated with the engineering field are set by individuals who does not possess expertise and knowledge to carry out these tasks. Most of decision makers are lawyers and social scientists, not engineers. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the various factors which either encourage or inhibit engineers from participating in public policy. In this study, a grounded theory approach will be followed, data will be collected using semi-structured interviews and analyzed using Nvivo software.

Bouazzaoui, S., & Daniels, C. B. (2018, June), Using a Grounded Theory to Determine the Motivational Factors of Engineers' Participation in Public Policy Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31195

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