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Engineers innovate when committed to a project

Engineers innovate when committed to a project

Engineers show more innovative work behaviours when committed to a project, a new survey has shown.

The research, which was conducted in New Zealand and Australia, said that civil engineers involved in project alliances tended to exhibit higher commitment to one of either the project, their firm, or their profession.

However, it said that it was only when civil engineers were committed to the project (more so than their firm or their profession) that they engaged in the widest range of innovative work behaviours.

The innovative work behaviours included idea generation, idea exploration, idea championing and idea implementation.

The research also found that the position of engineers in a project alliance – such as being in the management team or on the board – also made a difference to the type of innovative work behaviours undertaken.

The research is now being carried out in the UK by researchers from the University of Auckland and University College London.

The survey is open for a month and will be used to understand the various relationships between an individual’s commitment to their project, firm, and profession.

Researchers said that the survey results would be used to build up a comprehensive view of how technology, and new ways of working, facilitated and impacted upon civil engineers’ professional and home lives.

Take the survey here.

 

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