Business history and labour history

McKinlay, Alan
December 1990
Labour History Review (Maney Publishing);Winter90, Vol. 55 Issue 3, p10
Academic Journal
This article highlights the business and labor history. Labor and business history have developed not so much as complementary projects as inhabitants of parallel universes. But if business historians have typically made only passing references to managerial attitudes to labor this reflects not just scholarly prejudice but the agenda of British executives. Whatever the public preoccupations of business with the intractability of labor, finance and marketing have routinely taken priority over issues of manpower management in British boardrooms. It is here that business history makes its most significant contribution to the social history of work, acting as an empirical counterweight to assumptions that the prime objective of managerial strategy is to maximize its control over labor.


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