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“Business process re-engineering, total quality management, simultaneous engineering, flexible manufacturing,….“ – these are all concepts fashioned by business academics and management consultants to respond to change, building on 'sciences' such as information technology (IT), occupational psychology and organisational theory. The plethora of approaches, dressed in management jargon and ‘buzzwords’ have had both evolutionary and revolutionary impacts on many companies. This note outlines some of the current management techniques being employed by UK business and their strengths and weaknesses.


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