Organization development and leadership: R.B. Reid and the dynamics of success

Graham Barlow (Director of the Residential Executive MBA Programme, Manchester Business School, UK)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Publication date: 1 April 1996


Discusses British Rail’s (BR’s) organizational transformation during the 1980s and in particular the position of R.B. Reid, chairman of the British Railways Board (BRB) during that period. As a career railwayman, Reid was an atypical choice to chair the BRB. Considers how Reid brought his professional knowledge and experience to bear in carrying through arguably one of the most fundamental processes of change and organizational development that BR has experienced in the past 40 years.



Barlow, G. (1996), "Organization development and leadership: R.B. Reid and the dynamics of success", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 17 No. 2, pp. 3-8.

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Copyright © 1996, MCB UP Limited

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