TECHNICAL SUPERVISOR: BEYOND THE PETER PRINCIPLE

IN RESEARCH CONDUCTED WITH MORE THAN 2000 ENGINEERS AND SCIENTISTS, THE THEORY THAT TECHNICAL PERSONNEL ARE PROMOTED UNTIL THEY PROVE INCOMPETENT (THE PETER PRINCIPLE) DID NOT HOLD. A POSITIVE CORRELATION WAS FOUND BETWEEN TECHNICAL SKILLS OF THE SUPERVISOR AND INNOVATIVE PERFORMANCE BY THE GROUP REPORTING TO HIM. FOUR STYLES OF TECHNICAL SUPERVISION WERE OBSERVED; COLLABORATION, DELEGATION, DOMINATION, AND ABDICATION OF RESPONSIBILITY. THE PROBLEM OF TECHNICAL SUPERVISION IS ONE OF IDENTIFYING DECISIONS IN THREE TASK AREAS: OF MANAGING GOAL-SETTING, AFFECTING PROFESSIONAL INTERACTION, AND FACILITATING PROFESSIONAL GROWTH. /AUTHOR/

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  • Authors:
    • Farris, G F
  • Publication Date: 1973-3

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  • Pagination: p. 26-33
  • Serial:
    • Technology Review
    • Volume: 75
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • ISSN: 1099-274X

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  • Accession Number: 00200793
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 2003 12:00AM