An exploratory study of global competencies considered by multinational companies: A hiring perspective

Scott C. Streiner, Anita R. Vila-Parrish, Gregg M. Warnick

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Abstract

Research in global competency for engineers often focuses on what colleges and universities can provide to their students in terms of intercultural and global experiences. There is also an impetus to study how employers view global competency, and what can be done to align employer expectations with how global competency is valued and practiced within higher education institutions. This study explores the importance that 442 employers from more than 20 multinational companies place on engineering global competencies when making hiring decisions. Furthermore, we investigate how contextual factors of an employer such asgender, job title, and company size affect the views and attitudes of these engineering global competency traits in the workplace. It is imperative that engineering programs work closely with companies that have a global footprint in order to further identify and reduce the gap between global industry demands and what skills colleges are developing among their student populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1239-1254
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Volume31
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • General Engineering

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