Accession Number : ADA312443

Title :   NASA/DoD Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Research Project. Report Number 37. Factors Motivating and Impending Information-Seeking by Early Career-Stage U.S. Aerospace Engineers and Scientists - Results of an Initial Investigation.

Descriptive Note : Technical memorandum,

Corporate Author : NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION HAMPTON VA LANGLEY RESEARCH CEN TER

Personal Author(s) : Morrison, Elizabeth W. ; Pinelli, Thomas E.

PDF Url : ADA312443

Report Date : JUL 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : Selected results from an investigation that focused on the factors motivating and impeding information-seeking by early career-stage (i.e., new) U.S. aerospace engineers and scientists are reported. Undertaken as a Phase 1 activity of the NASA/DoD Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Research Project, this initial investigation used mail (self-reported) surveys to collect data from 312 members of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) who had converted their AIAA memberships from student to professional status and who had an average of 2.7 years of aerospace work experience. We reviewed literature that focused on the socialization of organizational newcomers and the factors that motivate and impede information-seeking by early career-stage professionals. Seven hypotheses, formulated from our review of the literature, were developed and tested. The results of the investigation add to our understanding of information-seeking by organizational newcomers by demonstrating some of the factors that motivate early career-stage U.S. aerospace engineers and scientists to engage in information-seeking.

Descriptors :   *DATA ACQUISITION, *ENGINEERS, *RESEARCH MANAGEMENT, *SCIENTISTS, AERONAUTICS, AEROSPACE SYSTEMS, HYPOTHESES, MOTIVATION, IMPEDANCE, ASTRONAUTICS, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, HUMAN RELATIONS.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE