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Bottom-Line Thinking

March 20, 1988

The Times and Booz-Allen & Hamilton are to be congratulated for their technology survey ("The Technology Race: The Competition Spanning the Pacific," Feb. 21-22). We are indeed obsessed with the short-term bottom line rather than patiently pursuing technological development with potential for a greater long-term payoff.

Corporations that pay top executives seven-figure salaries and bonuses should look seriously at redirecting their dollars toward more effective management of their research and development funds, thereby getting "more bang for the buck."

Blue-collar workers, pinched by foreign competition, have already begun to get the message and production managers are responding. Science and engineering managers need to do the same.

DOUGLAS C. TUBBS

Fullerton

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