A pilot study was carried out to evaluate the information acquisition behavior of practicing engineers in problem solving tasks. Literature such as books, journals and handbooks turned out to be important information sources particularly at the early stages in the search for a problem solution. However, computer searches and information specialists were rarely used. Accessibility and prior knowledge were important factors in using the literature but the most useful sources were chosen because of their high technical quality and relevance to the problem. Finally, the extent and nature of information use among engineers appears to be strongly affected by the function in which they work as well as the organizational climate of their firm.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings|
|State||Published - 1979|
|Event||ASEE Annu Conf Proc Scarce Resource Allocat Eng in the 80's - Baton Rouge, LA, USA|
Duration: Jun 25 1979 → Jun 28 1979
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