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A New, Competency‐based, On‐the‐job Programme For Developing Professional Excellence In Engineering

J. Cobb, J. Gibbs
Published 1990 · Psychology

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Increasingly, on‐the‐job experiences are being recognised as the most significant source for learning how to perform complex jobs. To accelerate the development of engineers worldwide and to counter the lengthier and less predictable results of “business as usual,” Mobile Oil has taken a systematic, focused approach to on‐the‐job development. Particular attention is given to foreign locations where there is strong emphasis on indigenisation and transfer of technology. A unique competency approach has been used to benchmark outstanding performance in engineering jobs and provide a common language for development discussions. The development process emphasises challenging assignments and supervisory coaching. The programme consists of a recurring cycle of systematic assessments of engineers; feedback and development discussions between engineers and their supervisors; development plans integrated with work unit objectives; and a resource guide that provides development options. Key organisational issues of ...
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