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TitleManagement Research Group
Extent52 boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryThe Management Research Group was founded in 1926 by Mr 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.
Custodial HistoryPresented to the Business History Unit at the London School of Economics in 1979, by Mr. Harry Ward (the Group's secretary). The collection was catalogued at the Business History Unit of the London School of Economics and transferred to the British Library of Political and Economic Science in 1986.

There are gaps in the Group's papers: occasionally single papers are missing, but, more importantly, the account books - giving full details of membership - were not included in the gift (they have probably been destroyed), and, in the cause of efficiency, the general correspondence of the Group was systematically weeded out during Mr. Ward's secretary-ship.
DescriptionPapers 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. Also some papers of Groups 2-8 and a small collection of correspondence, articles and other publications relating to management research collected by Mr Ward.
Access StatusOpen
Copyright TypeCopyright is held by the depositor
Former Reference NumberWard/ Ward papers
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