Developing engineering experts via knowledge collaboration: A pilot study

Silky S.K. Wong, Jennifer Cross, Ali Nejat

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Abstract

Successful knowledge collaboration is key to developing innovations and improving both work quality and productivity in the Engineering field. While sophisticated knowledge management systems do not guarantee effective expertise knowledge transfer to apprentices, their expertise development can be hindered. This study initially examined the relationships between the knowledge collaboration behavior and expertise development of entry-level Structural Engineers within a global engineering and construction company in the refining and petrochemical industries. The main objectives of this pilot study are to (1) develop and test an instrument to measure engineers' extents of knowledge collaboration behavior, expert behavior, work performance, and skills development led by their knowledge collaboration behavior, and (2) explore trends anticipated in the expertise development of entry-level Structural Engineers caused by the evolving knowledge management tools, internal and external collaboration programs of the case study company. Responses from entry-level Structural Engineers and their advisors within the company's Structural Engineering department were collected using a questionnaire. Partial Least Squares (PLS) path modeling was used to analyze the study data. The measurement model was valid and reliable for its initial setting. Future research Recommendations include using larger sample sizes, modifying survey questionnaire, removing non-significant indicators, and using multigroup (PLS-MGA) analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages131-137
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2020
Event2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, ISERC 2016 - Anaheim, United States
Duration: May 21 2016May 24 2016

Conference

Conference2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference, ISERC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityAnaheim
Period05/21/1605/24/16

Keywords

  • Expertise development
  • Knowledge collaboration
  • Mentoring
  • Partial least squares
  • Structural engineers

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