Title

Early Morning Concurrent Session: Leadership/Innovation/Aerospace Technology/Applications: Presentation: In Pursuit of Aviation Professionalism: Assessing Aviation Professionalism

Location

La Ventana Ballroom

Topic Area

CORPORATE/BUSINESS AVIATION

Other Topic Area

Including all aviation segments

Abstract

This study examined aviation professionalism using Hall’s Professionalism Inventory (HPI) scale. Data were collected using mailed as well as online surveys as part of a Ph.D. dissertation; N =1100 participants responded to the survey, and 661 provided complete data (a 60.4% response rate). The author used correlations and difference-of-means tests (t-test, ANOVA) to analyze the study’s results. Analysis revealed that participants’ professional attitudes scores differed significantly based on their demographics and aviation backgrounds. Findings also revealed above-average professionalism attitudes on all HPI five dimensions (use of professional organizations as major referent, belief in public service, belief in self-regulation, sense of calling, and autonomy). These findings provide support that the aviation profession is closely aligned with the primary components of professionalism. Findings also revealed, however, that participants’ belief in public service scores was the lowest among the five attitudinal attributes of professionalism; thus, enhancing aviation professionalism is recommended as a common strategy to improve practices among aviation employees.

Start Date

16-1-2016 8:00 AM

End Date

16-1-2016 9:15 AM

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Paper

Chair/Note/Host

Chair: Ed Knab, ERAU-WW

Keywords

Aviation Professionalism, Hall’s Professionalism Inventory (HPI), aviation employees, belief in public service, Aviation

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Early Morning Concurrent Session: Leadership/Innovation/Aerospace Technology/Applications: Presentation: In Pursuit of Aviation Professionalism: Assessing Aviation Professionalism

La Ventana Ballroom

This study examined aviation professionalism using Hall’s Professionalism Inventory (HPI) scale. Data were collected using mailed as well as online surveys as part of a Ph.D. dissertation; N =1100 participants responded to the survey, and 661 provided complete data (a 60.4% response rate). The author used correlations and difference-of-means tests (t-test, ANOVA) to analyze the study’s results. Analysis revealed that participants’ professional attitudes scores differed significantly based on their demographics and aviation backgrounds. Findings also revealed above-average professionalism attitudes on all HPI five dimensions (use of professional organizations as major referent, belief in public service, belief in self-regulation, sense of calling, and autonomy). These findings provide support that the aviation profession is closely aligned with the primary components of professionalism. Findings also revealed, however, that participants’ belief in public service scores was the lowest among the five attitudinal attributes of professionalism; thus, enhancing aviation professionalism is recommended as a common strategy to improve practices among aviation employees.