If you're an engineer or scientist who has suddenly been thrust
into the world of management, you may find yourself thinking that
managing people is more of a challenge than your former highly
technical job. Veteran management consultant Michael K. Badawy
couldn't agree more. He says, "The primary problems of engineering
and R&D management are not technical--they are human." Badawy
offers real help for the human side of technical management in his
classic Developing Managerial Skills in Engineers and Scientists.
Since 1982, thousands of technical executives, supervisors,
managers, and students have turned to this classic for hands-on
management techniques. This thoroughly revised second edition hones
in on issues facing today's technical manager: Total Quality
teamsSuccess requirement for project managementInterdepartmental
interfacingEducating technologists in managing technology
As a 21st century technical manager, you hold the reins to a
corporation's most powerful resource--technology, the key to
profitability and growth in an increasingly technological era.
Using the tools in this practical management reference, you can
become the kind of manager whom corporations will be battling for:
an excellent manager who understands people, administrations, and
technology. You'll learn how to organize, coordinate, and allocate
resources while setting goals and troubleshooting. Instructive case
studies of both successful and struggling technical managers
clearly illustrate management do's and don'ts. You'll also find
immediately applicable techniques and tips for managerial success.
Badawy focuses on the technical manager in action with concrete
approaches that always address the specific needs of the manager.
Among the topics covered are preventing managerial failure;
practical mechanisms that strengthen technologists' management
skills; issues in career planning and development, decision making
and evaluation of engineering and R&D efforts; and strategic
thinking and planning skills. Badawy's down-to-earth language and
practical examples bridge the gap between theory and practice,
making it a snap for both the novice and the initiated to translate
theory into everyday solutions. Plus, you'll find career guidance
as well as up-to-the-minute coverage of current managerial training
programs. A bounty of tables, charts, and diagrams further enhance
Developing Managerial Skills in Engineers and Scientists, making
this volume indispensable to all those technical professionals
interested in becoming 21st century managers.
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