1st Edition

Essentials of Engineering Leadership and Innovation

ISBN 9781439820117
Published December 15, 2016 by CRC Press
234 Pages

USD $89.95

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Book Description

This book is a must-have resource for those engineering professionals seeking out best practice in engineering leadership and innovation. It is underpinned by years of applied experience in engineering settings, and is designed to develop and prepare engineers as leaders to accept the technical and managerial challenges that they will face as professionals

At a time when engineering and innovation in technology is of importance on so many fronts, this text encourages engineers and technical professionals to become effective, socially conscious leaders and innovators. The text and course material is designed to create an environment of interactive, high-engagement learning that will produce lifelong skills. Some of the many benefits of this book include:

  • Accompanying notes, instructor’s manual, sample syllabi for qualifying textbook adoption;
  • A complementary website with a wealth of ancillary resources;
  • Case studies in STEM contexts;
  • An international approach, underpinned by years of experience in US settings;
  • Practical advice on how to distinguish yourself as an engineering leader;
  • A solid grounding in ethics and professional responsibility.

Drawing together best practice in engineering leadership education, and current research in the field, this book is an essential read for those wishing to develop expertise in engineering leadership. Current professionals in the field, educators as well as students of engineering wishing to excel, will all be particularly interested readers.

Table of Contents

1. A Call to Leadership  2. The Role of Creativity and Innovation in Leadership  3. Leadership Within An Organization  4. Distinguishing Yourself as an Engineering Leader and Learning Your Engineering Leadership Style  5. Establishing the Vision as an Engineering Leader  6. Ethics and Professional Responsibility  7. Integration and Execution: Putting It All Together

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Pamela McCauley is Professor and Director of the Ergonomics Laboratory in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida, USA.


"This book is a good addition to the technical community as a resource for educating, from an academic and theoretical perspective, new engineers regarding the challenges of leadership and innovation in the workplace."
—Kevin E Howard, Cofounder and CTO - K4M Consulting, USA

"In Essentials of Engineering Leadership and Innovation, Pamela McCauley makes a compelling case for engineering professionals to become socially responsible leaders and innovators. This book is designed for engineering and technology students, but may also appeal to engineering and technology professionals seeking stepping into leadership roles in their organizations. McCauley artfully combines interesting case studies, extensive research findings and insightful profiles of scientists and engineers to help mold the next generation of STEM leaders and innovators."
— Linda Naimi, Purdue University, USA

"Leadership, in every context, is important in this day and age. The ability to help and influence others to obtain, not only the business or organization’s goals, but their own professional goals is one of the things that is currently separating high achieving organizations from their peers. This book establishes the need and importance of exploring engineering leadership as a viable path to help better ensure an organization’s success."
— Robert W. Lion, Idaho State University, USA