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.
Salgado, Elizabeth B., "Engineers and Scientists as Chief Executive Officers" (1990). Engineering and Technology Management Student Projects. 353.