How can engineers regain respect?

How can engineers regain the high respect and status they once enjoyed?

In many countries, engineers have lost the respect with which they were once held. Evidence for this comes from our research interviews with senior company and government representatives who displayed only limited respect for the ability of engineers to deliver valuable outcomes.

Here is a selection of quotes:

“Our engineers delivered nothing: we gave them billions and we still don’t have what they promised.” (ex Prime Minister)

“Our engineers don’t understand the business imperative of this organisation. They simply don’t get it and it frustrates me immensely.” (Company CEO)

“I eliminate as many engineers from my organisation as I can: if I need engineering done I hire outside firms to do it.” (Company CEO)

Continue reading