This is an attempt to empirically test the effectiveness of engineers as strategic managers, as measured by the economic performance of the organizations they direct. Although it is not possible to precisely test the degree to which occupational loyalty and a narrow task-oriented perspective restrict the effectiveness of engineers as strategic managers, it could be stated that these characteristics are inconsitent with the responsibilities ascribed to strategic managers. An analysis of organizations from three different industries showed that organizations directed by business-oriented strategic managers performed consistently better, and in one industry significantly better, than organizations directed by engineering-oriented strategic managers.

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  • Accession Number: 00605236
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM