Engineers Versus Commissars

The other day I met a consulting engineer on a train in Austria. I tried out a pet theory on him, namely that the reason nothing seems to work these days is that, whereas engineers used to make things work, nowadays business graduates reassign blame for their not working – after they have finished spoiling the ship for a halfpenny-worth of tar. The Austrian gentleman agreed, and added that when he was younger there were four engineers to every manager, now there were four managers to every engineer. The way he said “controller” rather than “manager”, though, made me think of the Communist countries. And that leaves us with the question: given the present domination of controllers over what Ayn Rand would call the producers; given the amount of time a business now spends on performance appraisal interviews (or criticism/self-criticism sessions as the communists used to call them), who really won the Cold War?

Posted on April 25, 2009 at 11:33 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!, The Age Of Enron-cence

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