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Title: The control of technological change in the motor industry : a case study
Author: Scarbrough, Harry
ISNI:       0000 0004 2711 3777
Awarding Body: University of Aston in Birmingham
Current Institution: Aston University
Date of Award: 1982
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This thesis is based upon a case study of the introduction of automated production technologies at the Longbridge plant of British Leyland in the period 1978 to 1980.The investment in automation was part of an overall programme of modernization to manufacture the new 'Mini Metro' model. In the first Section of the thesis,the different theoretical perspectives on technological change are discussed.Particular emphasis is placed upon the social role of management as the primary controllers of technological change. Their actions are seen to be oriented towards the overall strategy of the firm, integrating the firmts competitive strategy with production methods and techniques.This analysis is grounded in an examination of British Leyland1s strategies during the 1970'S. The greater part of the thesis deals with the efforts made by management to secure their strategic objectives in the process of technological change against the conflicting claims of their work-force. Examination of these efforts is linked to the development of industrial relations conflict at Longbridge and in British Leyland as a whole.Emphasis is placed upon the struggle between management in pursuit of their version of efficiency and the trade unions in defence of job controls and demarcations. The thesis concludes that the process of technological change in the motor industry is controlled by social forces,with the introduction of new technologies being closely intertwined with management's political relations with the trade unions.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Business and Administrative studies