Accession Number : AD0712482

Title :   COMBATTING OBSOLESCENCE USING PERCEIVED DISCREPANCIES IN JOB EXPECTATIONS OF RESEARCH MANAGERS AND SCIENTISTS: A PRELIMINARY REPORT.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ROCHESTER UNIV N Y MANAGEMENT RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s) : Barrett,Gerald V. ; Bass,Bernard M. ; Miller,John A.

Report Date : 01 JUL 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : R and D scientists, engineers and managers completed a questionnaire Exercise Future as part of an experiment to test effects on subsequent self-development activities. Three-fourths see and want educational upgrading but only 44 per cent expect to have time allocated for their own development. Positive attitudes were seen toward the expected increasing impact of computers on R and D but the expected reward structure was perceived to be consistent with needs for development to avoid obsolescence. Freedom from organizational constraints was important to most respondents but few expected to achieve such freedom to select new projects or set schedules for themselves. Similarly, although the organization's rules were important to most, few expected to exert any influence on them. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PERSONNEL, OBSOLESCENCE THEORY), (*JOB ANALYSIS, PREDICTIONS), (*AUTOMATION, IMPACT), ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), QUESTIONNAIRES, COMPUTERS, SCIENTISTS, RETRAINING, STATISTICAL DATA, MANPOWER

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE