Meeting real work demands of the global economy

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Grant: McGunagle, D. & Zizka, L. (2017) Sustainability: Creating sustainability in higher education.  Knowledge Exchange and Transfer – targeted at three conferences that include British Academy of Management (BAM), Academy of Management (AOM) and International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Sustainability.  Dissemination of Research – The research will be for the following journals: AMLE (Academy of Learning and Education), Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, and Management Learning. Meeting with Stakeholders to discuss the findings and reflect on ways that the results can be implemented into the curriculum.

Publication Submission: McGunagle, D. & Zizka, L. (2017) Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility & Reputation on Financial Performance.  Submitted to The Sustainability Collection.

Conference Submission: Zizka, L. & McGunagle, D.M.  (2017) Sustainability: Exploring Gaps in Higher Education.  Submitted for presentation to British Academy of Management, The University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom, September 5-7, 2017.  

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  • McGunagle, D.M. (2011) Good Boss-Bad Boss: Lessons from Effective and Not-So Effective Managers. ISBN-13: 978-1460948255 Available in the United States, United Kingdom, France, and Germany.
  • McGunagle, D.M. & Skiba, E. (2011) Small Change Creates Radical Continual Change. Academic Forum, University at Sea, December 5 – 9, 2011.
  • Miller, W., Khan, L., Lynn, V. and McGunagle, D.M. (2008) Practical guide for facilitating online courses Chapter in Sound Instruction Ready to Use Classroom Practice Volume II, Publisher: Academic Quarterly ISBN 0-970985-1-2
  • McGunagle, D.M. (2007) The Chinese Auto Industry: Taming the Dragon. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Publishing House. ISBN-10: 3836416328 ISBN-13: 978-3836416320 Available in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, and China.
  • McGunagle, D.M. (2007) Corporate governance in China. Global Business & Finance Research. Conference, London, July.11-14th, 2007.
  • Miller, W., Khan, L., Lynn, V. and McGunagle, D.M. (2007) Practical guide for facilitating online courses. Academic Quarterly Review, Winter, 11(4) ISBN: 1096-1453
  • McGunagle, D.M. (2007) Corporate Governance in China. The Business Review, 8(1), 52-60. ISSN: 1553-5827
  • McGunagle, D.M. (2007) Impact of Outsourcing on the United States. Society for Advancement of Management International Business Conference, Las Vegas, March 25-28th, 2007. Additionally, served as a Chair for one session and a Discussant on three papers.
  • McGunagle, D.M. (2006) Case Study: Impact of Economic Reforms in China. Economic and International Business Research Conference, Miami, December 15th, 2006
  • McGunagle, D.M. (2006) Case study: Impact of economic reforms in China. The Business Review, 6(1), 100-107. ISSN: 1553-5827
Meeting Real World Demands of the Global Economy: An Employer's Perspective
The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Corporate Reputation.
Meeting Real Work Demands of the Global Economy.
Communicating corporate social responsibility to maximize business profits
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Personal: Dr. McGunagle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Business Administration at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide, Doctoral Faculty with University of Phoenix and Walden University. Dr. McGunagle is CEO of Global Strategic Management Solutions. Education: Dr. McGunagle completed her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Florida Atlantic University, MBA from Nova Southeastern University, and Ph.D. in Organization & Management with a Specialization in International Business from Capella University. Organizations: Dr. McGunagle is a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Awards and Experience: Dr. McGunagle has worked as an organizational development consultant. She has helped organizations get to the root causes in performance breakdowns that show up readily in the balance sheet and beyond. Her research interests are those that will make a positive impact to an organization or community. She has authored and co-authored articles which have appeared in numerous journals. Her books include “The Chinese Auto Industry: Taming the Dragon” and “Good Boss Bad Boss: Lessons from Effective and Not So Effective Managers.” Dr. McGunagle has taught Marketing, Strategy, International Business, Organizational Behavior, Research Methods, and she has chaired a number of students on their dissertations. Interests: Dr. McGunagle serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Area Agency on Aging, which is the gateway for Medicare reform in Florida.
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To meet the demands of the global economy requires an education that embraces the changes needed in the workforce. Carnevale, Smith, & Strohl (2013) research noted that the fastest growing occupations will be in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) along with Healthcare Professions, and Community Services. These occupations will require higher levels of education to compete for positions. 

Carnevale, Smith & Melton (2011) study reflects on trends in STEM fields that have a direct impact on innovation and productivity in the United States (U.S.). These occupations are the highest paid in the global economy and second only to healthcare which is the fastest growing occupation. Half of all STEM positions are in the manufacturing, health care and construction industries.

Determining the workforce attributes that predict success creates a better alignment between skills that employers require for high wage and high-demand jobs (Carnevale et al, 2013). Creating a talented pool of workers is important to the U.S. labor pool. There is a lack of published research about the transition of graduates into the workforce (Finch et al 2013; Wickramasinghe and Perera, 2010; Ball, 2003; Connor and Shaw, 2008; Holden and Hamblett, 2007). The problem is there is a lack of information available that is specific to the factors that contribute to the success of college graduates in the Global A & D Industry. The purpose of this case study is to explore the employer’s perspective on the skills that influence the success of college graduates.

The anticipated goal of this research is to develop a tentative framework for meeting real world demands and presents a model that will identify key factors in the terms of skills required for the college graduates to succeed in their new positions. The model of key factors from the A & D industry will improve the alignment between employer’s requirements and high-wage, high-demand jobs.

  • Focus: What key factors will improve an alignment between employer’s requirements and STEM jobs.  Fill the gap between employer’s requirement and necessary skills to compete in global economy.  Change the way universities help prepare graduates with necessary skills to ensure enduring impact on workforce.
  • Factors:  The study will explore the employer’s perspective on the skills that influence success of college graduates.
  • Participants/Sampling: Phase I purposeful same from Deloitte Toche Tohmastco Limited Global Aerospace & Defense Industry. 
  • Venue/ Survey Hosting: Phase II will utilize questionnaire developed from Phase I to will interview employers to evaluate their new recruit specific job performance skills. 

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Cynthia J. Davies's picture Cynthia J. Davies | July 20, 2015 7:23 pm MST

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Darcel Gibson's picture Darcel Gibson | August 26, 2015 8:23 pm MST


My name is Darcel Gibson, MBA. I found this very interesting and would like to help you with your case study. 

Thank you for your time.

Sushil Jindal's picture Sushil Jindal | September 19, 2015 12:49 am MST

I agree, global economy requires an education that embraces the changes needed in the workforce, but for business succes, understanding other cultures is extremely important. Do you plan to focus on this also?