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Business Rationalisation, its Dangers and Advantages considered from the Psychological and Social Standpoints: Three Lectures given at the London School of Economics under the Heath Clark Bequest to the National Institute of Industrial Psychology

Nature volume 131, page 567 (22 April 1933) | Download Citation



THIS book attempts to give a more comprehensive picture of rationalisation than is suggested by its title, and in emphasising the importance of the human factor in rationalisation and the bearing of rationalisation on the general structure of society the book makes a needed and valuable contribution. In discussing the significance of rationalisation, Dr. Myers has scarcely placed sufficient emphasis on the growing tendency under modern conditions for the really progressive large combines to display in their general policy a remarkable approximation to the spirit of service characteristic of what might be termed national service or public utility departments. This tendency is likely to become even more pronounced, and public opinion will judge rationalisation largely by the extent to which service rendered to the community in the broadest sense dominates the policy of the rationalised combines.

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