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A question of terminology


I was amazed to read in a letter from a Member of the Institution that management is really just 'instinctive', and something which 'all civil engineers practise every day' (NCE 2 December).

How quaint. Maybe public perception of civil engineers has resulted from individual members expressing such head-in-the-sand views. The Institution has long acknowledged, along with most industries, that engineering training on its own is inadequate if complex resources are to be marshalled to meet ever more exacting client requirements.

So management trainers and exponents use some of our terms. Well done us for inventing the terms in the first place.

KI Mackenzie (M), 129 Ashby Road Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE15 0NU

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