Technical Uncertainty and Project Complexity as Correlates of Information Use by U.S. Industry-Affiliated Aerospace Engineers and Scientists: Results of an Exploratory Investigation
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION HAMPTON VA LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER
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An exploratory study was conducted that investigated the influence of technical uncertainty and project complexity on information use by U.S. industry-affiliated aerospace engineers and scientists. The study utilized survey research in the form of a self-administered mail questionnaire. U.S. aerospace engineers and scientists on the Society of Automotive Engineers SAE mailing list served as the study population. The adjusted response rate was 67 percent. The survey instrument is appendix C to this report. Statistically significant relationships were found to exist between technical uncertainty, project complexity and information use. Statistically significant relationships were found to exist between technical uncertainty, project complexity, and the use of federally funded aerospace RD. The results of this investigation are relevant to researchers investigating information-seeking behavior of aerospace engineers. They are also relevant to RD managers and policy planners concerned with transferring the results of federally funded aerospace RD to the U.S. aerospace industry.
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