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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...
What is the optimal manager profile...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

Manager Background Depends on Industry and Company

It depends on different industries and companies. (...)

  Jeannine Stoute
Accountant, United States

Managing Systems or People?

If the concentration is managing people, I am in f (...)

Strategy Consultant, India

Background Discipline for a Manager

As practitioner of the management discipline one m (...)

Student (MBA), Pakistan

Manager Must Have Knowledge of INDUSTRY

I think along with the management skills, a manage (...)


Consider the Team as a Whole

I would suggest that this is solely down to the st (...)

  Syed Fahad Sami
Project Manager, Pakistan

Getting the Best our of Employees

A management person acquires and learns the skills (...)


Lower Managers and Higher Managers

Though most of time we feel comfortable to have ce (...)

  Nasir Cader
Student (Other)

Background of Manager

Usually a manager should be at the top and a techn (...)

  A.J. Heideman
Management Consultant, Netherlands

Prefered Manager Background Depends on Type of Management

The first thing a project-manager should have is e (...)

  Jagdish B Acharya
Consultant, India

SKILLS, Attitude and Openness More Useful Than Background

He should possess a minimum level of both technica (...)

  Dilip Khanal
CEO, Nepal

Required Background and Skils for Managers

I agree with Jagadish. There is no hard and fast r (...)

Production, Hong Kong

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

I prefer to hire those who have both a technical b (...)

  Bhanwar Singh
Business Consultant, India

Managers are not Required to Be Subject Experts

People with a technical background are considered (...)

  Oshun, Grace Okaima
Lecturer, Nigeria

Preferable Background for a Manager

Ideally, a manager should be trained in the art of (...)

  M.R. Bos
Manager, Netherlands

Preferred Background for a Manager

In my opinion he/she must be an innovator, interes (...)

  Pedro Guedes Carvalho
Professor, Portugal

Manager Background Requirements

I agree that being interested in humans, assertivi (...)

  Abdulrahaman Nashiru
Accountant, Nigeria

Ideal Profile of Manager Depends on Industry Sector

@Elain Lin : I agree that the industry determines (...)

  Javier Elenes
Business Consultant, Mexico

Background for Managing Director

As a retired managing director, I hired someone as (...)

  Andrew Cole
Manager, United States

Manager Preferable Background: LEADERSHIP Skills

The question and most of the responses miss an imp (...)

Teacher, India

A Lot of Virtues...

After reading all the comments of the contributors (...)

  Avijit Chobey
Manager, India

Situation-based Leaders

In projects the leaders are situation-based and ar (...)

Teacher, India

Most Important for a Manager: LEARNING ATTITUDE

As rightly pointed out by some of them, it depends (...)

  Kwaku Awuku

Preferable Background for a Manager

Generally, I think you should hire someone for cap (...)

  Shruti Misra
Coach, India

Leadership Qualities

@Andrew Cole : I agree it does not really matter w (...)

  M V Ananthakrishnan

Hiring Professionals for Projects

Technical qualifications relevant to the project p (...)

  Arif ur Rehman
Professor, Pakistan

Effective Management Skills are Essential

Though to a limited extent the environment decides (...)

  Stephen Haris

Which Background is Preferable for a Manager

I have seen either work very well and either fail (...)

  Radcliff A Owen

Management versus Leadership versus Technician

The business operating environment should determin (...)

  Satya Narayan
Strategy Consultant, India

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

Typically management functions are planning, organ (...)

  Wulf-Dieter Krueger
Teacher, Thailand

No Subject Specialists for Managerial Positions

@Bhanwar Singh: a good manager needs a good broad (...)

  kayode shoyemi
Consultant, Nigeria

Who is the Best Manager

In my opinion, depending on the kind of organisati (...)

  J A Hegarty
Business School Marketer, Ireland

Background of Manager in New Era

Management must be based on principles of openness (...)

Manager, India

Background Skill for Manager

As an individual grows in his career, he has to on (...)

  dolly Nkabinde

An Understanding of Both is Needed

I think a manager should have a strong management (...)

  shaikh moheen
Professor, India

A Manager with Common Sense is Enough for any Industry

Education doesn't matter, what matters is what a m (...)

  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 ve (...)

  Hafez Abroomandi
Student (MBA), Iran

Manager's LEVEL is Important to Determine the Appropriate Background

@Satya Narayan : I agree it depends upon his/her l (...)

  Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines

Skills Managers Should Possess

Management decision skills, founded on good educat (...)

  R.F.E. Peters

No Managing Without Knowledge

A manager needs to know about what he is managing. (...)

  Faten Trimech

Technical or Management Background

For hiring a manager we should focus our attention (...)

Teacher, New Zealand

Knowledge of the Industry

@IRFAN AHMED : I agree with your view that a knowl (...)

  Dorota Powtak
Business Consultant, Poland

There is no Technical Management

Technical education disturbs in building macro str (...)

  Ravi Shankar
Manager, India

Background is Irrelevant

I think background does not play a major role. "ma (...)

  sirelkhatim ibrahim nugud
Coach, Sudan

Which Background is Preferable for a Manager?

The manager should not necessarily be knowledgeabl (...)

  J A Hegarty
Business School Marketer, Ireland

Background for Manager in New Era

@Shaikh Moheen: of course education matters if onl (...)

  ian cockerham

A Managers Background

Your past is less important than where you're goin (...)

  Cesar Babino
Manager, Argentina

Sometimes a Technical Background is Required...

You can't always develop a manager with a training (...)

  Przemek Wysocki
Project Manager, Poland

Human Resource Management

All the same. The point is if someone has a predis (...)

  Darryl Lynn Jones

Manager Background Requisites

The optimal manager has technical competency with (...)

  Ehsan Ramezanpour
Student (University), Iran

Which Background is Better for Manager?

I think the most important item beyond technical i (...)

  nabeel faraz
Student (MBA), India

What Background is Preferable for a Manager?

I think the job or the domain decides what should (...)

  Jorge Garrido

Managers Background

@Elain lin: Managers backround: 1. Needs experien (...)

  Dennis Falk Jakobsen

Leaders - not Managers!

Great question! You want leaders - people who have (...)

  Richard Ahumibe
Management Consultant, United Kingdom

Combine Technical with Managerial Acumen

When it comes to level of importance between "tech (...)

  Ravi Chandran
Director, United Arab Emirates

Management Background

I fully agree, leadership skills are learnt over t (...)

  Rudy Ric Trabel
HR Consultant, Philippines

Correlation Study Needed on Prefered Management Background

A study could be conducted intending to correlate (...)

Entrepreneur, United States

Management Skills Education Experience

This is an interesting discussion with much to con (...)

  Clarise Morris

Manager Qualifications

From where I see it, it is necessary that a manage (...)

Business Consultant, India

Managerial Acumen

Today global business scenario demands managers wi (...)


Prerequisites for Managers Depends on What you Manage

Managers can manage people, project or a product. (...)

  Michael Chin
Business Consultant, Singapore

Depends on the Role That the Manager is Supposed to Play

There are multiple levels of the organisation for (...)

  Feraidoon Bakhtiari
CxO / Board, Iran

Preferable Selection Measures

Promotion from within the company should be a basi (...)

  maen alhusseini
Manager, Syria

It is All About Team Integration

Leadership skills are required wherever you go alo (...)

  Richard Ahumibe
Management Consultant, United Kingdom

Re: Which Background is Preferable for a Manager

Prevalence of misleading human resources (HR) mana (...)

  Dr Vasundhara Padmanabhan
Manager, India

Leadership more important than Skills

According to me, in educational institutions acade (...)

Manager, Nigeria

Preferable Background for a New Manager

A manager should have a minimum relevant experienc (...)

  Vusal Aliyev

Which Background is Preferable for a Manager?

When I studied economics at university, my teacher (...)

  Osama Kamal
Management Consultant, Egypt

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

@Andrew Cole : I agree that although it seems the (...)

  Dr. Vishal Dilip Chavan
Professor, India

Need Proper Mix with Positive Vision Towards All Stake Holders

As far as my industry experience and teaching expe (...)


Consider the Level of the Manager

In an organization hierarchy, normally lower level (...)

  Gerald Jett
United States

The Best Management Type? The Teamplayer

I feel the best managers are those that are willin (...)

  Juan Perez Eras

Scoring and Comparing

A solution could be to score management and techni (...)

  Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines

Selecting Managers to Be in the Firm

@Ravi Shankar: there is only some truth to your st (...)


Good Management Skills are Rare

Both skills can be taught to a certain level and t (...)

  Srikumar Varma

Managerial Competence Plus Technical Background for the Industry at Hand

The world of business today is undergoing fast cha (...)


Complete Background of a Project Manager

I agree that selecting the right person for any se (...)

Project Manager, Germany

Systemic Interdisciplinary Background with Relational Profile

In order to facilitate teamwork and empower staff (...)

Entrepreneur, United States

Effective Manager Includes Fixed and Flexible Traits

@Tesfu: this is a very comprehensive listing that (...)

  Ulrich Schweiker
Director, Germany

Why Reduce Complexity?

It is easy to agree on most comments here, since t (...)

  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 bec (...)

  Bill Boynton
Teacher, United States

Align Leadership Practices with Management Disciplines

Wow, this topic sure got a lot of comments. My ex (...)

  Juan Perez Eras

Focusing on the Discussion

@Bill Boynton: the issue established by Maryam is (...)

HR Consultant, Iran

Good Resume in Management and Having Knowledge of Industry

Management is art and science. So, studying manage (...)

  ian cockerham

The Selection of Managers

I am coming round to the view that what an enginee (...)

Consultant, India

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

It is like asking which hand (or eye) is preferred (...)

  J A Hegarty
Business School Marketer, Ireland

Which Wheel on the Car is the More Important

@Sudheendra: indeed I often ask my students which (...)

Teacher, India

Technical Knowledge or Managerial Skills

@Dr Vasundhara Padmanabhan : why do you exclude an (...)

  Jagdish B Acharya
Consultant, India

One Who Can Learn the Missing Aspects

Business needs vary from case to case. Both techni (...)

  ichsan widyantoro

It Depends on the Department

In my opinion, it depends on the department that h (...)

  ian cockerham

Management Leadership and Technical Ability

@ichsan widyantoro: watching small children, it is (...)


Management is in Between Managers and Leaders

Managers are preferred when they understand the co (...)

  Yeshwant Moodliar
Consultant, India

Which Background is Suitable for a Manager?

The first consideration should be what is the comp (...)


Experience and Emotional Intelligence

I agree that knowledge of the industry is often im (...)

Entrepreneur, United States

Vision and Mission Critical to Success of Business Endeavor

@Fayez: I believe you "hit the nail on the head" 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 t (...)

  Thabo Motsoasele
Project Manager, South Africa

Soft and Hard Management Background

A balance of soft and hard skills is preferable, t (...)

  Juan Perez Eras

Coaching New Managers

Another solution to solve Maryam's dichotomy is to (...)

  Bruno Van Immerseel
Manager, Netherlands

Hiring New Managers-main Skills?

The choice of manager is depending on what you wan (...)

  J A Hegarty
Business School Marketer, Ireland

Subject: Hiring New Managers Traits & Capabilities

Companies often find integrating social responsibi (...)

  J A Hegarty
Business School Marketer, Ireland

Knowledge is a Key Skill for a Manager!

Most of this discussion is concerned with knowledg (...)

  Robert Nyarko
Strategy Consultant, Ghana

A Manager Must Be Broad

To be a good manager, one should acquire skills an (...)

Entrepreneur, United States

Interdisciplinary and Relational Approach to Management

@Wolf: Hello - I really applaud your suggestions - (...)

  Feraidoon Bakhtiari
CxO / Board, Iran

Promotions are Rarely Planned and Executed

You may know where you are standing and heading, b (...)

  Leodegardo M. Pruna
Professor, Philippines

Managers with Technical Background Require More People Skills

@Elain Lin: I agree with what you said. Management (...)

  siddheshwar vitthal lingdale
Student (MBA), India

It Depends on the Requirements of a Company

Yes, it's dependent on the requirements of an orga (...)

  Kidist Yami
Accountant, Ethiopia

It Depends on the Nature of the Company

I share the idea of @Elain Lin and @A.J. Heideman. (...)

  Oshun, Grace Okaima
Lecturer, Nigeria

Round Peg in Round Hole

Would anyone consider employing a butcher to perfo (...)

  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 rel (...)

Strategy Consultant, India

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

Of course, management should be regarded as a soci (...)

Entrepreneur, United States

Knowledge, Combined with Experience

I would prefer to select a manager who is knowledg (...)

Strategy Consultant, India

Managers must be Sensible to their Environment

Managers must be Sensible to their Environment. Th (...)

  Dilip Khanal
CEO, Nepal

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

As the participants shared, both capabilities are (...)

  Dr. Alan Williams
Professor, Thailand

Technical versus Managerial Background

Why just two choices? Surely there is a different (...)

  Oshun, Grace Okaima
Lecturer, Nigeria

A Manager Should be Multi-Tasking

Every manager should be multi-tasking, so it shoul (...)

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