Here Comes The Boss

Patrick Wright looks at how ideas about what makes a good boss have changed over half a century.

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Genome: [r4 Bd=19970725]

Four programmes that look at how ideas about what makes a good boss have changed.

1: Officers and Men. Patrick Wright learns how a D-Day lieutenant brought military ideas of leadership into the management of a cider factory. Producer John Goudie

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970725]

Unknown: Patrick Wright

Producer: John Goudie

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970801]

A four-part series which looks at how ideas about what makes a good boss have changed over half a century. 2: Keep Talking. Patrick Wright investigates the radical experiments undertaken by Wilfred Brown at the Glacier Metal Company in the 1940s and 1950s. Producer John Goudie

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970801]

Unknown: Patrick Wright

Unknown: Wilfred Brown

Producer: John Goudie

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970808]

A four-part series which looks at how ideas about what makes a good boss have changed over half a century. 3: Naked ExcellenceProducer John Goudie

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970808]

Producer: John Goudie

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970815]

The last in the series which looks at how ideas about what makes a good boss have changed. 4: If the Suit FitsPatrick Wright asks if management has become the new theology. Producer John Goudie

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970815]
01Officers And Men19970725

Could the wartime spirit of unity be transferred to the workplace? Patrick Wright learns how a D-Day lieutenant brought military ideas of leadership into the management of a cider factory, and dispatched his marketing manager to the army for three months.

And why was a 1949 Gregory Peck war movie considered a valuable teaching aid?

02Keep Talking19970801

How can bosses bridge the apparent gulf between them and their workers? Patrick Wright investigates the radical experiments undertaken by Wilfred Brown at the Glacier Metal Company in the 40s and 50s.

Critics claimed it was more a factory for social research than a bearings manufacturer.

03Naked Excellence19970808

In the 1980s, the beleaguered boss could turn to a new source of wisdom.

Sales of books by American management gurus rocketed - but were they, as cynics suggested, little more than alchemists offering soundbite solutions? And what about the argument that `management does not exist'?

04 LASTIf The Suit Fits19970815

Management may have become the new theology, offering possible solutions to all kinds of organizations - including the church.

Patrick Wright investigates how learning to manage in the 1990s can involve a journey of personal discovery, sometimes far removed from the corridors of power.