A Management Odyssey: The Royal Dockyards, 1714-1914 by J. M. HaasA Management Odyssey: The Royal Dockyards, 1714-1914 by J. M. Haas

A Management Odyssey: The Royal Dockyards, 1714-1914

byJ. M. Haas

Hardcover | April 26, 1994

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The Royal Dockyards were Britain's oldest state enterprise and biggest and most complex industrial unit. This book shows how the Admiralty over two centuries struggled to master the intractable problems of organization and management which the dockyards presented. Haas maintains that the dockyards portrayed an image of being inefficient, high-cost producers. These problems were chiefly extreme centralization but, paradoxically, weak control, inadequate coordination of departments, and accounting procedures, unreliable information about production, costs and material, an insufficiently educated and professionalized constructive corps, and an underpaid and slack workforce. Contents: Preface; Introduction; The Eighteenth Century: Running in Place; Tinkering with the System, 1793-1815; Lightening Ship, 1815-1834; Winds of Change, 1834-1854; Under Seige, 1854-1868; Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1868-1885; The Watershed, 1885-1900; A New Century and New Ideas, 1900-1914; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
J.M. Haas is Professor of History at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
Title:A Management Odyssey: The Royal Dockyards, 1714-1914Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.12 × 5.62 × 0.75 inPublished:April 26, 1994Publisher:UPA

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ISBN - 10:0819194611

ISBN - 13:9780819194619

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This book is packed with facts and statistics elegantly marshalled to explain the system of organization adopted for the dockyards of the Royal Navy and why, for the most part, the system failed to work efficiently or cost effectively...highly interesting and informative...