J. M. Haas A Management Odyssey

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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.

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J.M. Haas is Professor of History at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

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J.M. Haas has contributed to this body of knowledge during the past quarter century with seven important articles on dockyard administration. Now, in his clearly written, detailed, and insightful book...he significantly increases our knowledge of the way the dockyards were managed over two crucial centuries. (Ernest W. Toy, THE HISTORIAN American Historical Review)

There can be few studies to equal such precise details and so much intelligent insight into the internal workings of an industry for the period concerned. ...all students of British naval as well as of economic history have cause to be grateful to Haasfor providing us with a scholarly, well-researched, and unusually attractively written account of a set of some of the most important nationalized undertakings in modern history. (Sidney Pollard, University of Sheffield, ALBION American Historical Review)

This is an invaluable book, covering an immense span, and will be essential for all interested in the administrative history of the Royal Navy. (Jonathan Coad, THE MARINER'S MIRROR American Historical Review)

A Management Odyssey is a remarkable study of the internal organization of a public enterprise over no less than two full centuries. The approach is chronological, with each chapter devoted to a specific period during which political pressures and different management ideas seldom induced more than incremental organizational adjustments... A Management Odyssey is a valuable dissection of an interesting organization, and it deserves the attention of business and accounting historians, students of management, and those interested in public sector enterprise. (Gordon Boyce, JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY. American Historical Review)

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... (Gordon Boyce, JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY. The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du nord)

Haas has made a valuable contribution in writing this survey. (American Historical Review)

J.M. Haas has contributed to this body of knowledge during the past quarter century with seven important articles on dockyard administration. Now, in his clearly written, detailed, and insightful book...he significantly increases our knowledge of the way the dockyards were managed over two crucial centuries. (Ernest W. Toy, THE HISTORIAN American Historical Review)

There can be few studies to equal such precise details and so much intelligent insight into the internal workings of an industry for the period concerned. ...all students of British naval as well as of economic history have cause to be grateful to Haas for providing us with a scholarly, well-researched, and unusually attractively written account of a set of some of the most important nationalized undertakings in modern history. (Sidney Pollard, University of Sheffield, ALBION American Historical Review)

This is an invaluable book, covering an immense span, and will be essential for all interested in the administrative history of the Royal Navy. (Jonathan Coad, THE MARINER'S MIRROR American Historical Review)

A Management Odyssey is a remarkable study of the internal organization of a public enterprise over no less than two full centuries. The approach is chronological, with each chapter devoted to a specific period during which political pressures and different management ideas seldom induced more than incremental organizational adjustments... A Management Odyssey is a valuable dissection of an interesting organization, and it deserves the attention of business and accounting historians, students of management, and those interested in public sector enterprise. (Gordon Boyce, JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY. American Historical Review)

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