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Special Issue: Gendered Motivation and Choice in STEM
Published: 10-02-2016

Corporate culture matters — what kinds of workplaces appeal to highly skilled engineers?

Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation, Berlin, Germany
Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation, Berlin
Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation, Berlin, Germany
Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research and Innovation, Berlin, Germany
Organisational culture workplace preferences gender STEM UNITECH alumni

Abstract

In Europe, and in Germany in particular, many organisations face increasing skills shortages. By deliberately managing their cultures, organisations can attract and retain highly skilled employees more effectively. Seeking to explore the workplace preferences of highly skilled engineers, we conducted 19 semi-structured interviews and one standardised online survey with 170 graduates of the UNITECH International program. The purpose was to identify their (1) approaches to job search and career development, (2) teamwork and communication strategies, (3) personal traits, (4) motivators and sources of frustration, and (5) attitudes toward an academic career and self-employment. Our findings confirmed that the culture and climate in the workplace largely influenced respondents’ career decisions. In addition, we found a number of statistically significant differences between responses of men and women.

How to Cite

Trübswetter, Angelika, Karen Genz, Katharina Hochfeld, and Martina Schraudner. 2016. “Corporate Culture Matters — What Kinds of Workplaces Appeal to Highly Skilled Engineers?”. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology 8 (1):46-66. https://genderandset.open.ac.uk/index.php/genderandset/article/view/397.