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Management Research Group

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0097 MANAGEMENT RESEARCH GROUP
Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science
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Full title: Management Research Group
Date(s): 1927-1978
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 52 boxes
Name of creator(s): Management Research Group


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Management Research Group was founded in 1926 by Benjamin Seebohm Rowntree, and was based on an existing group in America, the Manufacturers Research Association of Massachusetts. The aim of the management research groups in this country was to provide a vehicle for the exchange of ideas, the collation of information and the discussion of problems common to member companies in order to promote more efficient management. Nine groups were set up around the country. Group 1, which was based in London and consisted of a small number of the largest manufacturing companies, co-ordinated the activities of Groups 2 - 8, which were based in the regions and consisted of small and medium sized companies. No company was accepted as a member without the unanimous agreement of all the member companies. Group 1 remained a totally autonomous group whose members interests were represented by their trade and employers associations. During the war it was decided that if the Group's views were not put forward by the usual trade or industrial organisation appropriate contact should be made between the Group's secretary and government officials. In 1943, Group 1 changed its title to the Industrial Management Research Association to show its separate identity from Groups 2 - 8.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Management Research Group Number 1, later the Industrial Management Research Association, including annual reports, minutes, reports on research into management-related topics, and correspondence.

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System of arrangement:

This collection is arranged in 12 sections:
1. Bulletins, 1932-1959.
2. Directors' Dinner Discussions, 1931-1958.
3. Annual Reports, 1927-1943.
4. Governing Body, 1928-1938.
5. General Papers, Groups 1 - 8, working papers produced by the secretariat, 1927-1939.
6. General Papers, Groups 2 - 8 only, minutes and reports of meeting by individual groups, 1934-1945.
7. Subject Files, 1929-1959.
8. Sections, Sub-sections and Committees, 1928-1934.
9. Executive Committee Meetings, 1929-1958.
10. General Meetings, 1928-1959.
11. General Papers, Group 1 only, primarily reports of research work, 1929-1958.
P. Non-Management Research Group Papers, being Harry Ward's personal collection of correspondence and printed material, 1935-1978.

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Finding aids:

Printed handlist available.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Output from CAIRS using template 14 and checked by hand on March 27, 2002

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Date(s) of descriptions:
27 Mar 2002; revised 8 May 2002

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