Leadership Development of Technology Students Through Experiential Learning
AbstractNumerous studies show that leadership is one of the factors that impact most on software projects’ success. But even with more than $14B spent yearly on leadership development, it is worrying that more than half of the organizations still believe they are not doing it effectively. One of the most efficient methodologies used in companies is David Kolb’s Experiential Learning, but still uncommon on universities due to the difficulty of simulating practical experiences. Many approaches have been tried with various results and little standardization. For this reason, this study proposes a model for using group activities to help technology students practice leadership skills. A first pilot was executed with positive outcome but more experiments are necessary to ensure its application on other skills and contexts.
Brooks, F. (1974) “The mythical man-month and other essays on software engineering”, Dept. of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chapman, A. (2015) "Donald Kirkpatrick's Learning Evaluation Theory", Businessballs, http://www.businessballs.com/kirkpatricklearningevaluationmodel.htm.
Deloitte Consulting LLP and Bersin (2014) “Leaders at all levels: Close the gap between hype and readiness”, Delloite University Press.
DeMarco, T. and Lister, T. (1994) “Peopleware”. New York, NY: Dorset House Pub. Co..
Eveleens, J. and Verhoef, C. (2010) “The rise and fall of the Chaos report figures”, IEEE Softw., vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 30-36.
Gallup, (2015) “State of the American Manager: Analytics and Advice for Leaders”.
Garr, S. and Loew, L. (2011) “High Impact Leadership Development”, Bersin, https://www.bersin.com/Practice/Detail.aspx?id=14449.
George Mason University, (2015) "Leadership Activities and Exercises", http://lead.gmu.edu/training-resources/activities-and-exercises/.
Goleman, D., Boyatzis, R. and McKee, A. (2002) “Primal leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence”, Harvard Business School Press.
Hertz-Lazarovits, R. and Miller, N. (1992) “Interaction in cooperative groups”, Cambridge University Press.
Hussey, A. (2011) “The effect of ethics on labor market success: Evidence from MBAs”, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, vol. 80, no. 1, pp. 168-180.
Leonard, K. O' and Loew, L. (2012) “Leadership Development Factbook 2012”, Bersin, https://www.bersin.com/Store/Details.aspx?docid=15587.
Moraes, T. and Root, S. (2015) “Leadership Development of Technology Students through Experiential Learning”, Carnegie Mellon University, http://www.openthesis.org/documents/603271.html.
Tang, J. and Leifer, L. (1991) “An observational methodology for studying group design activity”, Research in Engineering Design, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 209-219.
The Ken Blanchard Companies (2009) “The High Cost of Doing Nothing: Quantifying the Impact of Leadership on the Bottom Line”, http://www.kenblanchard.com/img/pub/Blanchard_The_High_Cost_of_Doing_Nothing.pdf.
The Standish Group (1994) “The CHAOS Report”.
The Standish Group (2013) “CHAOS Manifesto 2013: Think Big, Act Small”.
Turner, J. R. and Müller, R. (2005) “The project manager's leadership style as a success factor on projects: A literature review”, Project Management Institute.
The author is responsible for the following statements by submitting an article electronically in the International Journal of Alive Engineering Education (IJAEEdu):
a) States that the document in question was reviewed by an expert in English language and it is an original work and it holds the prerogative to grant the rights contained in this license. It also states that the document does not infringe, as far as it is possible to know the rights of any other person or entity.
b) If the document in question contains material which does not hold the copyright, the author states have obtained the copyright holder’s permission to grant the Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG) the rights required by this license, and that such material whose rights are third is clearly identified and acknowledged within the text or content of the document.
c) States that the study was conducted in accordance with the ethical standards of all applicable institutional, local, national and international guidelines.
d) It also states that any person appointed as author or co-author of the document is aware of it and agrees to be so appointed.
As responsible for the submission of the document, I authorize the School of Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Engineering of the Federal University of Goiás to provide the paper free of charge, through the Electronic System for Publishing Magazines UFG (SEER / UFG) or in printed form, without compensation of copyright, in accordance with Law No. 9610/98. Is allowed, reading, printing and / or download, as a promotion of the Brazilian scientific production. Any use of the work not authorized under this license or the copyright law is prohibited.