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Course units for 5 and 6 deal with respectively, operational, people management and socio economic aspects of the course, and specifically with the goals set and pursued in these areas. This progra...mme brings out the conflicts that occur in one of these areas when a problem is solved in another area. Three case studies are shown. The programme then deals with the type of situation where all three of our areas are involved. On film, Lord Robens talks about an example taken from the coal industry. Finally the problem of set goals for the whole community, and on what basis these goals are set, is discussed on film by Shirley Williams MP and in the studio by William Plowden of Lord Rothschild's Central Policy Review Staff, also known as the "think tank". This programme, though it is very closely related to correspondence unit material will nevertheless be understood by casual lay viewers, and they will no doubt find the comments of Lord Robens, William Plowden and Shirley Williams extremely revealing particularly Shirley Williams' comments about the way the Cabinet operates.
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Module code and title: T242, Systems management
Item code: T242; 05
First transmission date: 13-05-1974
Published: 1974
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Duration: 00:24:30
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Producer: David Nelson
Contributors: Ronald John Beishon; William Plowden; Alfred Robens; Shirley Williams
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Coal industry; Community goals; People management; Socio-economics; Think tank
Footage description: Lord Robens discusses the conflict involved in making decisions on the location of smokeless fuel plants. John Beishon introduces the programme. He gives some examples of ways in which goal conflicts have been resolved in organisations. He then explains the importance of looking at the system as a whole when resolving conflicts so that resolution of one conflict does not create new ones in other parts of the system. Shots of British dockyards in the 60's. Ships are being unloaded and loaded piecemeal. Shots of containers being stuffed at the factory. Shots of containers at container park waiting to be loaded on board ship. Shots of containers being moved around container park by straddle carriers. Beishon points out the conflict in the above docks example. Beishon discusses pay differentials as an example of conflict potential between the people management and the socio-economic aspects of a system. Beishon examines conflict between the operational and socio-economic areas of a system. Shots of heavy traffic on a motorway. Aerial shots of motorway. Conflict between the desirability of an efficient transport system and the loss of environmental amenities is highlighted here. Commentary by Beishon. Shots of people demonstrating against the building of a motorway through their area. Lord Robens discusses a problem faced by Coal Board management in the early 1960's. Here an experimental scheme was abandoned because of non-cooperation by miners. Beishon introduces another example of conflict between operational and socio-economic areas of a system. Shots of overhead electricity transmission line. Shots of a public inquiry meeting in progress. Subject is the proposed route for the new electricity transmission lines. The conflicts here are pointed out in the commentary by Beishon. Shots of pylons being erected. Snots of underground cables being laid. More shots of the public inquiry meeting in progress. Beishon's commentary continues to explain what is going on and points out the conflicts. Beishon introduces Shirley Williams, M.P. Shirley Williams discusses the role of government in setting goals for the whole community. Shots of Houses of Westminster from southbank of Thames. Shirley- Williams continues her discussion. She examines the role of the civil Servant in formulating goals for the nation. Beishon introduces William Plowden, member of the Central Consultative Group. William Plowden discusses the role of the Central Consultative Group in formulating goals for the nation. Shirley Williams expresses her views on the advantages and disadvantages of "think tanks" such as the Central Consultative Group above. Beishon asks how conflict over objections is resolved within a government. Shirley Williams explains how conflict is resolved within the cabinet. Beishon sums up some of the aspects of conflict resolution in government. Shirley Williams gives an example of conflict resolution. She discusses the formation of the National Health Service.
Master spool number: 6HT/71332
Production number: 00525_5132
Videofinder number: 787
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