Do You Need the Science of Vacuums to Put Teat Cups on Cows

3 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2017

Date Written: July 25, 2017


The practical manager does not need the depth of scientific detail, but they need to know it works. For example, the NZ economy is significantly based on dairy farming. Cows milked in a shed using milking machines. Does someone need the know the science of the theory of vacuums to put teat cups on cows? Of course not, but the farmer has confidence the system works, with that confidence based on full understanding that someone, sometime studied vacuums and how to apply them in milking a cow. That is someone did the fundamental science from which was built the technology. So, the farmer today happily puts the teat cups on the cow. In exactly the same way, do you worry about Boyle's Law of Gases when managing a pressurized container...and do you worry about quantum physics when using this system of computerized shared information?

Remember the point: It is not necessary to know anything about the theory of vacuums in order to put teat cups on cows. The farmer just needs to know the system works.

Management is to psychological science exactly as putting teat cups on cows is to vacuum theory.

Keywords: science of management, organization science, science of people

JEL Classification: A12, A13

Suggested Citation

Little, Graham, Do You Need the Science of Vacuums to Put Teat Cups on Cows (July 25, 2017). Available at SSRN:

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