Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 1990

Course Title

Special Projects

Course Number

EAS 506


Managing a technical function is not the same as managing a nontechnical business. Technical functions deal with creating or improving something and providing operational groups with more predictable tasks. It may be postulated that a technical manager should have different characteristics from a non-technical manager. Much of the literature dealing with studies related to engineers and scientists focuses on the relationship between engineers and scientist's academic achievement and job performance. We studied the characteristics of chief executive officers with technical degrees, according to their career path, size of the company that they manage, age, and the industry in which they are involved. In addition, we will determine any significant differences between chief executive officers who have technical degrees and those who do not.


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