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Closed Project

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Dragan Milosevic

Course Title

Capstone Project

Course Number

EMGT 590/690



Objectives of the research project are met through the examination of the relationship between educational background and professional performance in the engineering field. Through the analysis of the educational and performance data from personnel files from the engineering group of an automotive manufacturing company, the team was able to confirm the hypotheses. In using the data, the sample is separated into four groups: (1) no degree, (2) associate’s degree, (3) bachelor’s degree, and (4) master’s degree. The personnel data provided by the firms includes income information, experience, and promotion information. The analysis of the data shows that there are significant differences between the four educational groups with respect to various performance measures. The employees with higher levels of education generally outperformed those having a lesser degree. The results are consistent with prior research, therefore, suggesting that baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate education are positively correlated with higher professional performance. In order to initiate the project, this paper begins with a review of prior research, which correlated education and professional performance, plus aided in the formulation of hypotheses. The methodology of the study is then presented. Next, the research results and limitations are discussed. Finally conclusions and implications for further research are then provided.


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