Reviews the opinions of Bob Barker of the UK’s Hanson Electrical about the state of British manufacturing, and asserts that companies need to be aligned in support of the value chain; maintains that “push” systems are still in place, and finds that manufacturing is isolated from information flow, management accounting and human resources. Tabulates four stages in the development of the needed, adaptive, learning mindset, and details the organizational characteristics of each stage. Concludes there needs to be a revolutionary change in thinking, and suggests how British industry can unlock value‐adding capability.
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