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Cogs in the Wheel?

Synopsis
Examines whether economic changes are due to conscious actions of individuals, social classes and groups (agency) or whether changes result from the nature of the economic system itself (structure). Takes the case of British Leyland to illustrate its points examining the ways in which individual decisions were constrained and forced by the economic system. Discusses the changes that Sir Michael Edwardes made during his time as Chairman and continues with an examination of British Leyland management. Argues that management can be seen from both the agent and structure position. The education systemn in general affects the structure of management. Examines the role of workers in British Leyland. Again, the workers’ role can be viewed from both angles - agent and structure. Discusses the economic and social structure as a whole and how British Leyland’s development may be affected by worldwide events.
Series
Social Science Foundation Course, Course D102
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 24 min.
Year of production
1986
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Subjects
Economics; Sociology
Keywords
management of change; manufacturing industries; motor vehicle manufacturing industries

Credits

Producer
Clare Falkner
Cast
Jeremy Cooper 
Vivienne Brown 

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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