Learning to Practice Engineering in Business: The Experiences of Newly Hired Engineers Beginning New Jobs

  • Russell Korte
Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 32)


This chapter reports on a study of the experiences of engineers beginning new jobs in a business organization. The overriding question guiding the study was: What and how do newly hired engineers learn to work in a business organization? Two major concepts frame this study: First is the idea of an occupational community as a setting for practice, and second, the process of socialization whereby new members of an occupational community learn how to practice.


Socialization Occupational communities Work groups New hires Engineering practices 


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  • Russell Korte
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  1. 1.The George Washington UniversityAshburnUSA

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