HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

Motivational Patterns of Enrollees In University-Based Executive and Professional Education Courses

Document Type

Article

Date

1-1-2010

Publication Title

American Journal of Business Education

ISSN or ISBN

1942-2504

Volume

3

First Page

43

Last Page

54

Description

The purpose of this paper is to begin an exploration into high-skills lifelong learning in the field of business and management, referred to as executive and professional education (EPE). Several additional undertakings were necessary, including: discovering methods of valuing knowledge to a region, state or country, and establishing why participants in EPE programs enroll in them. To support this inquiry two research questions were developed, as follows: 1. What are the components of relevant EPE? 2. What motivates participants to take part in EPE? An exploratory case study was written exploring the intricacies of developing a successful EPE department. This exploratory case study served as a basis for developing a survey, administered to participants in EPE to determine reasons for their participation. This final survey was conducted in the classroom. The researchers believe that the findings and conclusions will be of value to practitioners involved in EPE, as well as to academics studying this area of business education. This research exercise has assisted the researchers in being more effective in managing and developing EPE within their own university. As professions and skills are made obsolete in the knowledge economy the need for continued high level lifelong learning becomes increasing important to the sustainability and viability of local, regional, state and national economies.

DOI

10.19030/ajbe.v3i8.469

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