Engineers as executives

Reading balance sheets, drawing up cost sheets, interpreting legal clauses – these are not things that engineers and scientists usually learn in college. Consequently, they often lack the requisite broad-brush commercial and legal knowledge for managerial respon­sibilities. They also often find it difficult to exercise leadership. Why? Because people do not tick as logically and rationally as machines do.

1 Introduction

Until a few years ago, the careers of engineers and scientists were extensively predetermined. They were there to do technical work. At best, they might become the head of a research and development department or a production facility. In most cases, that was the end of the line. The top rungs of the career ladder were reserved for lawyers and business economists, especially if the company in question was not a producer of something. Top-level business leaders did not consider engineers capable of managing major corporate units – chiefly because everyone knew that they had been...

Related articles:

Issue 2019-4 Reiner Voss

Cutting-edge classic: Situational Leadership

There is no such thing as an ideal style of leadership. That, in a nutshell, is Paul Hersey‘s main message. One core element of the message that the “inventor“ of Situational Leadership wishes to...

Issue 2016-2

Gülnaz Atila – new managing director at Wienerberger Italy

Effective November 2015, Civil Engineer Gülnaz Atila has assumed the post of managing director at Wienerberger Spa Unipersonale. Following three years as a member of the executive board, she succeeds...

Issue 2020-2 J.C. Steele & Sons

Fifth generation of family takes control of company

J.C. Steele & Sons is pleased to introduce the next generation of Steele family members to lead the company. Steele specializes in material preparation, feeding and shaping solutions for customers in...

Issue 2015-01 Hubert Hölzl

Promoting managerial skills in the production environment

1 Introduction “One day’s training is enough for our shift supervisors, and it can be attended to on a weekend, outside of their working hours”, said the managing director of a major mid-range...

Issue 2010-10

Michel Rasse †

A leading figure in the heavy clay industry has passed away: Michel Rasse died on 3 April this year, at the age of 80. Rasse, a very private man, took part at the trade exhibitions of the heavy clay...