International Management Congress


    STRONG British support has been secured for the seventh International Management Congress which meets in Washington, D.C., on September 19–24. More than ninety delegates, fully representative of British industry, are attending to support Lord Leverhulme, who is the president of the International Committee. An interesting unit of this party consists of nine young executives, one of whom is a lady, who are being assisted by bursaries paid out of the funds remaining from the sixth International Congress held in 1935 in London. This party will travel together as a unit under the leadership of Dr. E. F. Armstrong: it is anticipated that each will profit from the collective experience of the whole. Four tours by motor coach have been organized, enabling the delegates to visit a number of factories and cities. Before the Congress, there is one tour of six days in New England and a second, taking five days, to the highly industrialized country between New York and Washington. After the Congress, an eleven-day tour goes through the mid-West to Chicago and back to New York via Buffalo and Niagara, and there is a final short tour to Boston. It is proposed to give some form of written report of the visits, which will serve as a permanent record. The tours are likely to be of exceptional educational value from the point of view of scientific management. About 250 papers from some twenty countries have been accepted by the Congress. The papers of each technical section have been summarized. The chairman of the Congress Council is Mr. Willis H. Booth, vice-president of the Guaranty Trust Company ; that of the Co-ordinating Committee is Mr. William L. Batt, president of S. K. F. Industries ; whilst the chairman of the Organizing Committee is Mr. Harry A. Hopf, well known as one of the most active protagonists of the management movement. The delegates will be welcomed by Mr. Cordell Hull, and there will be a formal reception at the White House.

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    International Management Congress. Nature 142, 286 (1938).

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