UK: We have the men for management but not the system.

UK: We have the men for management but not the system. - It's the way companies are run that stifles British top talent, writes Robert Heller.

It's the way companies are run that stifles British top talent, writes Robert Heller.

"Why are there so few professional managers in Britain considered capable of running a large industrial company?" Thus demanded The Times after the ousting of Professor Sir Roland Smith, calling its question "the most troubling" of the many raised by events at British Aerospace. How troubling it is depends on how far you accept its premise: that the nation does suffer from a grievous shortage of high-class management talent.

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