Job analysis on the LMS: mechanisation and modernisation c.1930-c.1939

Edwards, Roy (2010) Job analysis on the LMS: mechanisation and modernisation c.1930-c.1939. Accounting, Business and Financial History, 20, (1), 91-105. (doi:10.1080/09585200903504264).


[img] HTML
Restricted to System admin

Download (204Kb) | Request a copy
[img] PDF (Word to PDF conversion (via antiword) conversion from text/html to application/pdf)
Restricted to internal admin

Download (91Kb) | Request a copy


This paper explores the development of job analysis by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) in the 1930s. It argues that historians have criticised the management decisions made by railway companies during the inter-war period without having examined the process by which these decisions were reached. Only by examining the process of managerial decision-making using internal company documentation can such claims be justified. The paper examines the market environment of inter-war freight haulage at LMS, followed by a review of the terminal handling process. This provides the context for an analysis of the contribution of Lewis C. Ord and job analysis to the modernisation and mechanisation of LMS terminal. The paper concludes that, while lacking financial sophistication, the LMS, by reflecting upon internal processes, delivered more efficient although not necessarily more economical working.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1080/09585200903504264
ISSNs: 0958-5206 (print)
1466-4275 (electronic)
Keywords: mechanisation, railways, job analysis, inter-war period
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Management
ePrint ID: 155381
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
March 2010Published
Date Deposited: 28 May 2010 11:26
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:25

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics