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 ).


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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
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
Date Deposited: 28 May 2010 11:26
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:13

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