Dataset: Management in Denmark: Scenario Survey, 1980


The aim of the project is to focus on the conditions under which Danish managers will have to work in 1990, and on the methods which it will be necessary to apply in order to exploit these conditions. The objective of the project is to obtain stronger and more competitive Danish firms and to promote and encourage new thinking within the public sector. #Taking part in this investigation are managers, experts, and politicians, including managers from both the private and the public sector, members of employers' as well as of employees' organizations, politicians, management coaches and management researchers. #Choosing its international contact centre, the European Foundation for Management Development (the EFMD), as its starting point, the Danish Management Centre (the DMC) wished to launch a Danish organization with a view to making it an international forum of management information. In order to set up this Danish EFMD organization, the DMC invited some representatives of firms and institutions from the public as well as from the private sector. 40 persons who were interested in the idea attended the meeting; after a briefing about the EFDM and the prospects an EFDM organization opens up for those taking part, it was agreed to appoint a working party to assist the DMC in defining exactly which problems such an organization should take up. #This working party held two meetings during the autumn of 1979, where it was decided that the Danish EFMD organization should take up the problems of international development in management and exchange of experience. It was also generally agreed that the organization should aim at setting up a project which would prove the viability of a Danish EFMD organization. #The project which it expects to carry out is called DANISH MANAGEMENT '90 - AN INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE; it focuses on management in general as considered from international and Danish angles. Danish Management '90 has as one of its points of departure the international co-operation between the European Foundation for Management Development and the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (the AACSB) in completing the international perspective project 'Management and Management Education in a World of Changing Expectations'. #This will clarify the international expectations and demands which will be made on management until 2010 due to the conditions under which managers will have to work. #The principal perspective plans produced in the world today are the basic material for the project. Jacques Lessourne, managing director of the OECD future perspective plan, the Interfuture Project, has been in charge of the perspective project. #In co-operation with managers from institutes of management research, practical managers have then formulated the expected requirements of future management. #The material has been discussed at two international congresses; and reports from these have been sent to a number of managers, politicians, and researchers all over the world for their assessment of the relevance of the proposals. #At a final congress in Paris in June 1980, approx. 600 managing directors, researchers, and politicians discussed their expectations of the future, future managers and future management education. #On the basis of these results, initiatives will be implemented which will lead to a more expedient use of the most important resource in Denmark, manpower, at the same time as these initiatives will increase Denmark's competitive power. #Thus, the present material is the first of a series of scenario studies. #The purpose of the survey is not to describe a scientific truth but to gauge the expectations which Danish managers (in the public as well as in the private sector), researchers, politicians, and members of organizations have of 1990. #The questionnaire centres on a number of issues: #1) personal matters: sex and age of the respondents, #2) international matters: questions about the importance of language and political conditions for international trade, #c) shortage/sufficiency of resources: questions about the raw material situation of the world, #4) science, technology, and production: questions about the development of science and technology and the use of manpower, #5) norms of value in society: questions about political and social values as well as values concerning work, #6) classes and population groups: questions about family structure and labour market association, #7) structure of society: questions about the influence of political groups on society, public regulations, and public production, and questions about the number of people employed in various trades and industries, and the number of firms in various trades, #8) labour market: questions about wage systems, employment systems and job affinity, #9) management: questions about the social and organizational structure of management, #10) management ability and skills wanted: questions about the kind of demands made on three types of managers in the private and in the public sector, i.e. top managers, intermediate managers, and foremen/department managers. #All questions relate to the 1990 situation (as compared with the situation in 1980)

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Management in Denmark: Scenario Survey, 1980

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Dansk ledelse '90: Scenario-undersøgelse 1980

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Management in Denmark: Scenario Survey, 1980, Danish Data Archive, DDA358, version: 1.0.0, 10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-358

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