Industrial regeneration: sustainable improvement programmes

Industrial regeneration: sustainable improvement programmes
Document type
Report
Author(s)
Ridgway, Keith
Publisher
ESRC
Date of publication
1 November 2003
Subject(s)
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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This report summarises the findings of a research project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) seeking to integrate aspects of management theory and organisation science under the umbrella of sustainable improvement programmes, the focus being industrial regeneration. A practical framework, models and definitions of sustainability are developed to analyse and stimulate the regeneration of traditional manufacturing communities of small and medium sized manufacturing companies in South Yorkshire. These are largely mature, low-tech industries, such as the hand tool industry, the cutlery industry and light engineering. The concepts of sustainability, co-operative networks and functional survivability is employed. A model is developed based on the concept of co-operation among competitors and will represent the environmental, interactive and performance aspects of a network. Central to the study is the notion that both individual and populations of organisations making up industrial economies are complex adaptive systems. To understand the behaviour and existence of such systems, knowledge and models based on complex systems, sustainability, population ecology (change studies) and biological systematics (diversity) are employed.

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