The boards of UK nationalised industries and their members c.1950–c.1979

Rollings, N. (2017) The boards of UK nationalised industries and their members c.1950–c.1979. In: Felisini, D. (ed.) Reassessing the Role of Management in the Golden Age: An International Comparison of Public Sector Managers 1945–1975. Series: Central issues in contemporary economic theory and policy. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 17-37. ISBN 9783319487212 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-48722-9_3)

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The appointment of board members to private companies has received considerable academic attention. The same cannot be said for state-owned enterprises. This chapter explores the issues raised in the appointment of board members for the nationalised industries in Britain in the post-war period. It shows that such appointments were perceived to be important, but that the appointment process remained flawed and problematic despite numerous attempts at reform. It is suggested that the lack of conformity in perceptions of the role of these boards and the desirable characteristics of a good manager in the nationalised industries stymied these efforts at reform.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rollings, Professor Neil
Authors: Rollings, N.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Economic and Social History
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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