Putt's Law and the Successful Technocrat

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Putt's Law and the Successful Technocrat
Putt's Law and the Successful Technocrat cover.jpg
Author Archibald Putt (pseudonym)
Illustrator Dennis Driscoll
Country United States
Language English
Genre Industrial Management
Publisher Wiley-IEEE Press
Publication date
28 April 2006
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 171 pages
ISBN 0-471-71422-4
OCLC 68710099
658.22
LC Class HD31 .P855 2006

Putt's Law and the Successful Technocrat is a book, credited to the pseudonym 'Archibald Putt' published in 1981. An updated edition, subtitled How to Win in the Information Age, was published by Wiley-IEEE Press in 2006. The book is based upon a series of articles published in Research/Development Magazine in 1976 and 1977.

It proposes 'Putt's Law' and 'Putt's Corollary'[1] which are principles of negative selection similar to The Dilbert principle by Scott Adams proposed in the 1990s. Putt's law is sometimes grouped together with the Peter Principle, Parkinson's Law and Stephen Potter's Gamesmanship series as "P-literature".[2]

Putt's Law[edit]

The book proposes 'Putt's Law' and 'Putt's Corollary':

  • Putt's Law: "Technology is dominated by two types of people:  those who understand what they do not manage and those who manage what they do not understand."[3]
  • Putt's Corollary: "Every technical hierarchy, in time, develops a competence inversion."[3] with incompetence being "flushed out of the lower levels" of a technocratic hierarchy, ensuring that technically competent people remain directly in charge of the actual technology while those without technical competence move into management.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Archibald Putt.  Putt's Law and the Successful Technocrat: How to Win in the Information Age,  Wiley-IEEE Press (2006), ISBN 0-471-71422-4. Preface.
  2. ^ John Walker (October 1981). review in New Scientist. p. 52. 
  3. ^ a b Archibald Putt.  Putt's Law and the Successful Technocrat: How to Win in the Information Age,  Wiley-IEEE Press (2006), ISBN 0-471-71422-4. page 7.

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