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General Introduction: The Engineering-Business Nexus: Nature, History, Contexts, Tensions

  • Steen Hyldgaard ChristensenEmail author
  • Bernard Delahousse
  • Christelle Didier
  • Martin Meganck
  • Mike Murphy
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Part of the Philosophy of Engineering and Technology book series (POET, volume 32)

The vested rights of absentee ownership are still embedded in the sentiments of the underlying population, and still continue to be the Palladium of the Republic; and the assertion is still quite safe that anything like a Soviet of technicians is not a present menace to the vested interests in America. (Veblen 1921, p. 128)

The engineer is both a scientist and a business man. (Layton 1971, p. 1)

While the systematic monopolization of scientific knowledge by the professionals increased the autonomy of scientists, however, it had the opposite effect upon engineers, tying them to the large corporation. (Noble 1977, p. 43)

Questions about the nature, history and context of the engineering-business nexus related to specific times and countries are not new, as evidenced by the quotations given above from three American classics: Thorstein Veblen’s The Engineers and the Price System ( 1921) , Edwin Layton’s The Revolt of Engineers (1971) , and David Noble’s America by Design(1977). What these...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steen Hyldgaard Christensen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bernard Delahousse
    • 2
  • Christelle Didier
    • 3
  • Martin Meganck
    • 4
  • Mike Murphy
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Development & PlanningAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Département Mesures PhysiquesUniversité de Lille – IUT « A » de LilleVilleneuve d’Ascq CedexFrance
  3. 3.Département des sciences de l’éducation UFR DECCIDUniversité de LilleVilleneuve-d’AscqFrance
  4. 4.Faculty of Engineering Technology, Technologiecampus GentKU LeuvenGentBelgium
  5. 5.Academic Affairs, Digital & Learning TransformationDublin Institute of TechnologyDublin 2Ireland

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