The Glacier Metal Company is one of the largest manufacturers of plain bearings in Europe. Their products are used largely in the motor car industry, but extend to all areas of engineering application. The considerable interest shown by the company in industrial relations problems had caught the attention of researchers at the end of the Second World War. When the Human Factors Panel of the Committee of Industrial Productivity financed a research project into the sources of group stress in industry, the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations was asked to conduct this research. The Institute chose the Glacier Metal Company as one of the very few which could provide the collaborative basis for such a creative research, which became known as the Glacier Project. The author of this article was a member of the original research team which commenced its study in 1948.
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