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In my opinion, engineering and engineers should only occupy an advisory role in politics,but a good politician should keep an engineer close for such advice. I think successful engineers are too mechanically minded to make successful politicians. It’s the classic right brain vs left brain argument; engineers tend to be left brain, thinking in neatly organized boxes, whereas politicians tend to be more right brain, thinking in abstract ideas, circles that may or may not be interconnected and overlapping. Like I said in my last post, there is a tool for every job, and while the organization more often found in an engineer can be used to cover gaps in a politician’s knowledge, the abstract mind of a politician is better suited for politics.With that in mind, I think the article on technocracy best covered any attempts at politics by engineers. Howard Scott et. all made a similar observation when comparing statesmen and technologists, saying that each does not understand the other, or as put in the spark notes on the side of the page business people and technologists are talking past one another. Peter,I like your thoughts on engineering and politics in the abstract, for instance when you state that the engineering knowledge could reduce waste and excess in bureaucrats, but I think empirical evidence is against you. The most notable example from history is Herbert Hoover. A successful engineer, he was the president in office at the start of the great depression. There were of
course other factors involved, but he can still be held responsible due to how he managed the situation. There are other examples of politicians that have been successful outside of politics, like in business, whose skills were thought to translate over into the management of the highestoffice, but who have failed.-TylerII.Capstone Assignment Part 1. Explain why Frederick Winslow Taylor believed scientific management would reduce the tension between workers and owners. Include two quotations from the assigned readings to support your argument. course, fall to the owners or managers of the business, primarily by the task idea. The task idea is basically, “the work of ever workman is fully planned out by the management at least one day in advance, and each man receives in most cases complete written instructions, describing in detail the taskwhich he is to accomplish” (Taylor, 1947). It may be a sign of the times, but to me, this idea seems so far removed from reality. In theory, having a manager plan out his subordinates day down to every task