Which Background is Preferable for a Manager?

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Maryam Bidmeshgipour
Student (Other), Malaysia

Which Background is Preferable for a Manager?

Selecting candidates for a job is never easy. Certainly when we're talking about managers, considering they are going to play an important role in your organization...
Which one do you prefer to hire for your projects?
1. A manager with a technical background (with engineering university degree), or
2. A manager with a management background (who has studied management)?
I'm more toward the administrative managers because they can lead better and assign every one to accomplish the job.

  Elain Lin, China
 

Preferred Manager Background Depends on Industry and Company

It depends on different industries and companies. In my company, the manager with a technical background is preferred. H...

  Jeannine Stoute
Accountant, United States
 

Managing Systems or People?

If the concentration is managing people, I am in favor of the management background. The organization can fill the techn...

  D P BABU
Strategy Consultant, India
 

Background Discipline for a Manager

As practitioner of the management discipline one must be equipped with the basic potential to deal with people, policies...

  IRFAN AHMED
Student (MBA), Pakistan
 

Manager Must Have Knowledge of INDUSTRY

I think along with the management skills, a manager must also have some basic knowledge about the industry in which he/s...

  Beddoe, United Kingdom
 

Consider the Team as a Whole

I would suggest that this is solely down to the structure and skills already in the business. If the team that the mana...

  Syed Fahad Sami
Project Manager, Pakistan
 

Getting the Best our of Employees

A management person acquires and learns the skills to deal effectively and efficiently with human resources during his s...

  MATTHEW ZHANG, China
 

Lower Managers and Higher Managers

Though most of time we feel comfortable to have certain technical expertise to take a manager role, actually in reality ...

  Nasir Cader
Student (Other)
 

Desired Background of Manager

Usually a manager should be at the top and a technician on the tap....

  A.J. Heideman
Management Consultant, Netherlands
 

Preferred Manager Background Depends on Type of Management

The first thing a project-manager should have is experience in project management. A line manager should have product k...

  Jagdish B Acharya
Consultant, India
 

SKILLS, Attitude and Openness More Useful Than Background

He should possess a minimum level of both technical and managerial skills. Besides those 2 things, his communication, l...

  Dilip Khanal
CEO, Nepal
 

Required Background and Skils for Managers

I agree with Jagadish. There is no hard and fast rule. A manager's role and besired background depend upon the nature of...

  Theodore
Production, Hong Kong
 

Optimal Manager Background is Both, but this comes at a Cost...

I prefer to hire those who have both a technical background and management background. But of course on the practical si...

  Bhanwar Singh
Business Consultant, India
 

Managers are not Required to Be Subject Experts

People with a technical background are considered to be individualistic, weak in delegation, self obsessed. These things...

  Oshun, Grace Okaima
Lecturer, Nigeria
 

Preferable Background for a Manager

Ideally, a manager should be trained in the art of managing resources - human and non-human. Therefore a degree in manag...

  M.R. Bos
Manager, Netherlands
 

Preferred Background for a Manager

In my opinion he/she must be an innovator, interested in people, be an inspirator for others, with a multi-discipline MB...

  Pedro Guedes Carvalho
Professor, Portugal
 

Manager Background Requirements

I agree that being interested in humans, assertivity and ethics are the basis to lead efficiently people. But it depend...

  Abdulrahaman Nashiru
Accountant, Nigeria
 

Ideal Profile of Manager Depends on Industry Sector

@Elain Lin : I agree that the industry determines the preferred type of manager. In an engineering industry, the choic...

  Javier Elenes
Business Consultant, Mexico
 

Background for Managing Director

As a retired managing director, I hired someone as my successor with both a sound technical base in my industry (univers...

  Andrew Cole
Manager, United States
 

Manager Preferable Background: LEADERSHIP Skills

The question and most of the responses miss an important aspect. Managers from either backgrounds can learn the tactical...

  VENKATESWARAN
Teacher, India
 

A Lot of Virtues...

After reading all the comments of the contributors, one wonders whether all the cumulative virtues described above by va...

  Avijit Chobey
Manager, India
 

Situation-based Leaders

In projects the leaders are situation-based and are temporary. After the goal of projects is accomplished, the leaders n...

  Shailesh
Teacher, India
 

Most Important for a Manager: LEARNING ATTITUDE

As rightly pointed out by some of them, it depends on the on the stage of life cycle of the industry and the organizatio...

  Kwaku Awuku, Ghana
 

Preferable Background for a Manager

Generally, I think you should hire someone for capability, skills, values and behavior. However the level of the job i...

  Shruti Misra
Coach, India
 

Leadership Qualities

@Andrew Cole : I agree it does not really matter which background one is from unless he/she possess the ability to lead ...

  M V Ananthakrishnan, India
 

Hiring Professionals for Projects

Technical qualifications relevant to the project profile is the PRIMARY requirement. Further, I feel from my experience ...

  Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan
 

Effective Management Skills are Essential

Though to a limited extent the environment decides whether technical skills supersede or follow management skills, but f...

  Stephen Haris, Australia
 

Which Background is Preferable for a Manager

I have seen either work very well and either fail quite spectacularly. It really depends on what you would like the ma...

  Radcliff A Owen, Australia
 

Management versus Leadership versus Technician

The business operating environment should determine the person required. In calm and steady times, managers who can org...

  Satya Narayan
Strategy Consultant, India
 

Background and Skills of a Manager Depends on ORGANIZATION TYPE and LEVEL IN HIERARCHY

Typically management functions are planning, organizing, directing/influencing (to get work done efficiently and effecti...

  Wulf-Dieter Krueger
Teacher, Thailand
 

No Subject Specialists for Managerial Positions

@Bhanwar Singh: a good manager needs a good broad general educational background that enables him/her to understand the ...

  kayode shoyemi
Consultant, Nigeria
 

Who is the Best Manager

In my opinion, depending on the kind of organisation, I believe a manager should have good knowledge of the company's pr...

  J A Hegarty
Business School Marketer, Ireland
 

Background of Manager in New Era

Management must be based on principles of openness - collaboration, transparency, sharing, and empowerment. It requires ...

  Sunita
Manager, India
 

Background Skill for Manager

As an individual grows in his career, he has to only have an overview of technical skills and management skills become ...

  dolly Nkabinde, South Africa
 

An Understanding of Both is Needed

I think a manager should have a strong management background and a business degree. She should be wiling to learn and ...

  shaikh moheen
Professor, India
 

A Manager with Common Sense is Enough for any Industry

Education doesn't matter, what matters is what a manager has experienced. A manager who has sound knowledge of utilisat...

  michel wils
Business Consultant, Belgium
 

A Good Manager Must Be a People Manager with Good Leadership Skills

@D P Babu: I agree with you that a manager with very good technical and academic background can still not be a good mana...

  Hafez Abroomandi
Student (MBA), Iran
 

Manager's LEVEL is Important to Determine the Appropriate Background

@Satya Narayan : I agree it depends upon his/her level. If we need him/her on practical level, I will select who has a ...

  Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines
 

Skills Managers Should Possess

Management decision skills, founded on good education and training, coupled with strong moral values are what a manager ...

  R.F.E. Peters, Netherlands
 

No Managing Without Knowledge

A manager needs to know about what he is managing. For example: a manager can successfully do what he is good at for man...

  Faten Trimech
Accountant
 

Technical or Management Background

For hiring a manager we should focus our attention on the skills in communication, the capacity to lead pepole, and his ...

  Locke
Teacher, New Zealand
 

Knowledge of the Industry

@IRFAN AHMED : I agree with your view that a knowledge of the industry or practice is essential in order to manage succe...

  Dorota Powtak
Business Consultant, Poland
 

There is no Technical Management

Technical education disturbs in building macro strategy and managers with technical background concentrate on too much d...

  Ravi Shankar
Manager, India
 

Background is Irrelevant

I think background does not play a major role. "managing" is a trait which can be developed and polished by anyone irres...

  sirelkhatim ibrahim nugud
Coach, Sudan
 

Which Background is Preferable for a Manager?

The manager should not necessarily be knowledgeable of all functions and technical issues. Instead he should know how t...

  J A Hegarty
Business School Marketer, Ireland
 

Background for Manager in New Era

@Shaikh Moheen: of course education matters if only to dismiss the notion of "common sense". This is a very scarce commo...

  ian cockerham, United Kingdom
 

A Managers Background

Your past is less important than where you're going! Still, I believe a manager needs more than a little knowledge of wh...

  Cesar Babino
Manager, Argentina
 

Sometimes a Technical Background is Required...

You can't always develop a manager with a training in technical aspects, because some of them belong to the career. This...

  Przemek Wysocki
Project Manager, Poland
 

Human Resource Management

All the same. The point is if someone has a predisposition to Human Resource Management. But project management is 75% c...

  Darryl Lynn Jones, United States
 

Manager Background Requisites

The optimal manager has technical competency with an attitude that is conducive to chameleon-like cognition with product...

  Ehsan Ramezanpour
Student (University), Iran
 

Which Background is Better for Manager?

I think the most important item beyond technical issues which are different from company to company, for a manager is hi...

  nabeel faraz
Student (MBA), India
 

What Background is Preferable for a Manager?

I think the job or the domain decides what should be the background of a manager. On the other hand a manger for whichev...

  Jorge Garrido, Mexico
 

Managers Background

@Elain lin: Managers backround: 1. Needs experience leading people, a manger needs to be a leader (good leader) 2. Und...

  Dennis Falk Jakobsen
 

Leaders - not Managers!

Great question! You want leaders - people who have the potential to become great trainers of their people, who can deleg...

  Richard Ahumibe
Management Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Combine Technical with Managerial Acumen

When it comes to level of importance between "technical" and "managerial" backgrounds, it is rather a case of "both of" ...

  Ravi Chandran
Director, United Arab Emirates
 

Management Background

I fully agree, leadership skills are learnt over the years with experience, whereas technical skills can be trained more...

  Rudy Ric Trabel
HR Consultant, Philippines
 

Correlation Study Needed on Prefered Management Background

A study could be conducted intending to correlate variables such as indicators of success versus factors such as manager...

  KATHRYN STEINER, MBA
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Management Skills Education Experience

This is an interesting discussion with much to consider with respect to the responses. For my communications business pl...

  Clarise Morris, United Arab Emirates
 

Manager Qualifications

From where I see it, it is necessary that a manager has a working knowledge of all areas that he oversees however, it is...

  DR.VIVEK DIWADKAR.
Business Consultant, India
 

Managerial Acumen

Today global business scenario demands managers with good technical qualifications and management skills being studied /...

  sweety, United States
 

Prerequisites for Managers Depends on What you Manage

Managers can manage people, project or a product. The required amount of technical knowledge will be bigger if one has...

  Michael Chin
Business Consultant, Singapore
 

Depends on the Role That the Manager is Supposed to Play

There are multiple levels of the organisation for a manager. At the highest level, leadership is important. The ability ...

  Feraidoon Bakhtiari
CxO / Board, Iran
 

Preferable Selection Measures

Promotion from within the company should be a basic policy of the company to promote its human resources. Where there ar...

  maen alhusseini
Manager, Syria
 

It is All About Team Integration

Leadership skills are required wherever you go along the hierarchy. However, the right level of mastery varies accordi...

  Richard Ahumibe
Management Consultant, United Kingdom
 

Re: Which Background is Preferable for a Manager

Prevalence of misleading human resources (HR) management paradigms is the commonest underlying cause of business failure...

  Dr Vasundhara Padmanabhan
Manager, India
 

Leadership more important than Skills

According to me, in educational institutions academic leadership is more important than the managerial skills, which one...

  adeboye,clement
Manager, Nigeria
 

Preferable Background for a New Manager

A manager should have a minimum relevant experience and a track record of achieved results. The employer should be abl...

  Vusal Aliyev, Azerbaijan
 

Which Background is Preferable for a Manager?

When I studied economics at university, my teacher on technology sciences used to say "Technologists may survive with 30...

  Osama Kamal
Management Consultant, Egypt
 

Even if You Have Both: Technical and Administrative...

@Andrew Cole : I agree that although it seems the best situation to have both skills, technical and managerial, it is es...

  Dr. Vishal Dilip Chavan
Professor, India
 

Need Proper Mix with Positive Vision Towards All Stake Holders

As far as my industry experience and teaching experience, I must say any manager needs a proper mix of both. Any house w...

  Luis, China
 

Consider the Level of the Manager

In an organization hierarchy, normally lower level managers are required to have industry background and knowledge, whil...

  Gerald Jett
United States
 

The Best Management Type? The Teamplayer

I feel the best managers are those that are willing to help to get the job done, no matter what it takes. Although it is...

  Juan Perez Eras, Mexico
 

Scoring and Comparing

A solution could be to score management and technical skills (from 1 to 5). Then you compare the candidate's scores and ...

  Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines
 

Selecting Managers to Be in the Firm

@Ravi Shankar: there is only some truth to your statement but what if you need a very long time to develop one without a...

  Olsson, Sweden
 

Good Management Skills are Rare

Both skills can be taught to a certain level and the level of knowledge and mix depends on the wanted output. However m...

  Srikumar Varma
India
 

Managerial Competence Plus Technical Background for the Industry at Hand

The world of business today is undergoing fast changes in all dimensions and it is imperative for managers to be a speci...

  Tesfu, Ethiopia
 

Complete Background of a Project Manager

I agree that selecting the right person for any senior position is not an easy task. For a project manager (PM) critica...

  Wolf
Project Manager, Germany
 

Systemic Interdisciplinary Background with Relational Profile

In order to facilitate teamwork and empower staff I would prefer a relational leader. These are seldom found in engineer...

  KATHRYN STEINER, MBA
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Effective Manager Includes Fixed and Flexible Traits

@Tesfu: this is a very comprehensive listing that could apply to all sectors......

  Ulrich Schweiker
Director, Germany
 

Why Reduce Complexity?

It is easy to agree on most comments here, since they all try to capture aspects of complexity. Whatever aspect you men...

  J A Hegarty
Business School Marketer, Ireland
 

No More Managers, There are Already Leaders in the Organisation

@D P Babu: every employee has the potential to become the manager. If "empowerment" is carried to its logical conclusion...

  Bill Boynton
Teacher, United States
 

Align Leadership Practices with Management Disciplines

Wow, this topic sure got a lot of comments. My experience has been as a general rule that organizations cannot survive ...

  Juan Perez Eras, Mexico
 

Focusing on the Discussion

@Bill Boynton: the issue established by Maryam is to select a manager between two extremes: a fully management-oriented ...

  HABIB MOSTAFIZI
HR Consultant, Iran
 

Good Resume in Management and Having Knowledge of Industry

Management is art and science. So, studying management is not enough for being a good manager and leading some people. ...

  ian cockerham, United Kingdom
 

The Selection of Managers

I am coming round to the view that what an engineer, teacher, bus driver, nurse, etc needs on first promotion into manag...

  Sudheendra
Consultant, India
 

Which Hand Would you like to Have: Left or Right?

It is like asking which hand (or eye) is preferred: left or right? There are no choices here as both are needed for effe...

  J A Hegarty
Business School Marketer, Ireland
 

Which Wheel on the Car is the More Important

@Sudheendra: indeed I often ask my students which wheel on a car is the most important? Each is as necessary as the othe...

  VENKATESWARAN
Teacher, India
 

Technical Knowledge or Managerial Skills

@Dr Vasundhara Padmanabhan : why do you exclude and differentiate academic leadership from managerial skills? In fact, ...

  Jagdish B Acharya
Consultant, India
 

One Who Can Learn the Missing Aspects

Business needs vary from case to case. Both technical as well as administrative knowledge are essential for managers. W...

  ichsan widyantoro, Indonesia
 

It Depends on the Department

In my opinion, it depends on the department that he leads. I think a manager with a technical background is recommended ...

  ian cockerham, United Kingdom
 

Management Leadership and Technical Ability

@ichsan widyantoro: watching small children, it is clear that some are leaders, some are managers, some are both and man...

  FAYEZ, Saudi Arabia
 

Management is in Between Managers and Leaders

Managers are preferred when they understand the company/owners vision and mission and have the ability to successfully t...

  Yeshwant Moodliar
Consultant, India
 

Which Background is Suitable for a Manager?

The first consideration should be what is the company's profile and in which industry they are operating? If this compa...

  Svensson, Canada
 

Experience and Emotional Intelligence

I agree that knowledge of the industry is often important. But much also depends on the industry and the level the man...

  KATHRYN STEINER, MBA
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Vision and Mission Critical to Success of Business Endeavor

@Fayez: I believe you "hit the nail on the head" as the saying goes lol... Although everyone's comments, observations, a...

  Jesper Jensen
Student (MBA), United States
 

The Optimal Background for a Manager depends on the Management Level

To choose between a future manager with either a technical or management training background you first have to understan...

  Thabo Motsoasele
Project Manager, South Africa
 

Soft and Hard Management Background

A balance of soft and hard skills is preferable, taking into account the role the individual is employed for. But both t...

  Juan Perez Eras, Mexico
 

Coaching New Managers

Another solution to solve Maryam's dichotomy is to use coaching, selecting a person amongst some engineers inside the co...

  Bruno Van Immerseel
Manager, Netherlands
 

Hiring New Managers-main Skills?

The choice of manager is depending on what you want to achieve. All depends on the position and what you expect from the...

  J A Hegarty
Business School Marketer, Ireland
 

Subject: Hiring New Managers Traits & Capabilities

Companies often find integrating social responsibility initiatives like integrity, ethics, responsibility, initiative, i...

  J A Hegarty
Business School Marketer, Ireland
 

Knowledge is a Key Skill for a Manager!

Most of this discussion is concerned with knowledge. When many companies must innovate or die, their ability to learn, a...

  Robert Nyarko
Strategy Consultant, Ghana
 

A Manager Must Be Broad

To be a good manager, one should acquire skills and know-how from different disciplines during his working career to ena...

  KATHRYN STEINER, MBA
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Interdisciplinary and Relational Approach to Management

@Wolf: Hello - I really applaud your suggestions - relational is key - developing strong relationships are key. That is ...

  Feraidoon Bakhtiari
CxO / Board, Iran
 

Promotions are Rarely Planned and Executed

You may know where you are standing and heading, but most employees do not not where they are now and what their next po...

  Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines
 

Managers with Technical Background Require More People Skills

@Elain Lin: I agree with what you said. Management is about a relationship with people that are working on tasks. People...

  siddheshwar vitthal lingdale
Student (MBA), India
 

It Depends on the Requirements of a Company

Yes, it's dependent on the requirements of an organization. If it's a manufacturing company it probably requires a perso...

  Kidist Yami
Accountant, Ethiopia
 

It Depends on the Nature of the Company

I share the idea of @Elain Lin and @A.J. Heideman. It depends on the industry or the nature of the company. Most of the...

  Oshun, Grace Okaima
Lecturer, Nigeria
 

Round Peg in Round Hole

Would anyone consider employing a butcher to perform the duties of a surgeon? A person with a management background will...

  Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines
 

A Manager should be both an Artist and a Scientist

The first thing that a manager should do is to relate with people and doing this is an "ART". Thereafter, he applies hi...

  D P BABU
Strategy Consultant, India
 

No Doubt Management is a Social Science Having Linkages with Other Sciences

Of course, management should be regarded as a social science displine. However one should know that management originate...

  KATHRYN STEINER, MBA
Entrepreneur, United States
 

Knowledge, Combined with Experience

I would prefer to select a manager who is knowledgeable about the industry, and who has the good judgement to make solid...

  D P BABU
Strategy Consultant, India
 

Managers must be Sensible to their Environment

Managers must be Sensible to their Environment. This sensibility enables them to learn from experiences which can improv...

  Dilip Khanal
CEO, Nepal
 

Both Backgrounds are Useful. The Best Mix Depends on the Job and Situation

As the participants shared, both capabilities are necessary. Each management position requires some degree of technical...

  Dr. Alan Williams
Professor, Thailand
 

Technical versus Managerial Background

Why just two choices? Surely there is a different answer case by case. Although there must be many cases where both area...

  Oshun, Grace Okaima
Lecturer, Nigeria
 

A Manager Should be Multi-Tasking

Every manager should be multi-tasking, so it should not be a matter of this or that. In an engineering firm, a manager w...

 

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