Chapter 6

The management question again, 1947–51




A central part of Labour's approach to the productivity issue was an almost entirely new concern with management. As shown in the previous chapters, during the later years of the war and after there was a widespread belief that British management was inefficient and that something must be done to remedy this. Prominent in the attempts at reform were leading Labour figures such as Dalton and Cripps. These Ministers were central to the Attlee Government's decision to create the British Institute of Management, and this is highly significant as a symbol of Labour's new relationship with management.

But there were other important features of that relationship. Not all government activity ...

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