Abstract: Management Education Oversight Bodies in 1960s Britain

Mitchell Larson


This paper examines the creation of multiple committees intended to make policy decisions and offer guidance on the development of management education in 1960s Britain. The paper looks at the four most visible of these groups with an aim to unravel the forces behind their establishment, their individual goals, and, more significantly, their often confused relationships with each other. The groups that formed later consciously recruited members of existing committees in order to facilitate cross-communication. Was this an effective policy? Using both primary and secondary sources, this project responds to contemporary (slightly tongue-in-cheek) criticisms that asked whether yet another committee might be needed to coordinate the various management education committees that had arisen. By looking at their goals and actual accomplishments, the paper asks whether they were all necessary or whether it was simply fashionable to create and serve on a management education committee.