Manufacturing in Britain: A survey of factors affecting growth and performance
This book provides a concise, comprehensive account of factors affecting manufacturing growth and performance in present day Britain. It begins with a review of general trends and issues before turning to individual firm and industry cases. The study examines new product developments, market trends, and economic environmental influences. It analyses plant-level managerial and organizational aspects of production. Finally, it considers political-legal, educational and training, and other wider socio-cultural influences on manufacturing growth and performance. CONTENTS: 1. MANUFACTURING IN BRITAIN: AN OVERVIEW 2. GENERAL ECONOMIC INFLUENCES ON MANUFACTURING 3. MANUFACTURED GOODS MARKETS & DEMAND TRENDS 4. TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT & PRODUCT INNOVATION 5. MANAGEMENT & PRODUCTION ORGANIZATION 6. MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES: CASES 7. THE POLITICAL & LEGAL ENVIRONMENT 8. THE LABOUR MARKET, EMPLOYMENT & EDUCATION & TRAINING 9. CAPITAL INVESTMENT & THE GROWTH & PERFORMANCE OF FIRMS
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