pbrooks-link at layer10.com.au
Wed May 20 22:40:13 EST 2009
Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:
> I'll ask the (rhetorical) question again:
> What is it with the IT industry that we have so many people in senior
> positions in industry bodies, vendors and user IT departments with no
> formal qualifications in Electronics or Computer Science?
I have no formal qualifications in such things, but will hazard a guess....
Could it be because qualifications in electronics, engineering and comp.
sci. tend to be focussed on the *doing* of the subject matter rather
than management and business.
People in senior positions are generally not themselves picking up the
soldering irons - they are developing business cases and budgets,
staffing levels and government relations, and reports to the board, and
employing people with the technical qualifications to actually do the
Sure there are many counter-examples of people that have successfully
made the transition between technical engineer and executive management
- but as a very broad generalisation these two roles are attractive to
completely different types of people.
To use your question as an example - would the person who could best
answer your question have a qualification in electronics or HR?
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