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Authority Entry Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR); 1946-present
Corporate Name Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (TIHR)
DatesofExistence 1946-present
Other Form of Name TIHR
Other Form of Name Tavistock Institute
Other Form of Name Tavi
Historical or Biographical Information The Tavistock Institute was inaugurated in 1946, originally as the social and industrial division of the Tavistock Clinic, an out-patient psychological centre. The establishment of TIHR was assisted by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

The Institute was established with the aim of integrating social science disciplines in research, teaching and consultancy. Its staff were drawn from a range of disciplines, including sociology, psychoanalysis, clinical psychology, social anthropology, economics, statistics and medicine. The Institute's early approaches to research included the employment of action research, and the development of socio-technical approaches, and evolved over the course of the Institute's history, including the adoption of systems and field theory combined with new perspectives in psychoanalysis and psychology, through to organisational development and evaluation work.

Much of the early work of Tavistock embodied an action research approach, through which Institute staff took a professional role in assisting with specific practical problems. In these early years, the Tavistock's income was derived from research grants, contract work for clients, largely in industry, but also in Government departments, non-profit and educational organisations, and fees for courses. TIHR divided its work into four main units: Programme Groups A and B within a Committee on Human Resources; Organisation and Social Change and Operations Research Unit; and a Committee on Family and Community Psychiatry. In 1947, Tavistock Publications was founded. A joint library was established with Tavistock Clinic to provide access to literature relating to matters relating to the social sciences and other subjects of interest to the Tavistocks.

In response to the growth of the Institute in the 1950s, two units were established: the Human Resources Centre (HRC) and the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR). Some years later, in 1963, the Institute of Operational Research (IOR) was established in conjunction with the British Operational Research Society, and led by Neil Jessop, a mathematical statistician. IOR and HRC merged in 1979 to form the Centre for Organisational and Operational Research (COOR). The Institute's evaluation work evolved from the Self Help Alliance project, with a dedicated unit, the Evaluation Development Review Unit (EDRU) being established under the leadership of Elliot Stern in 1990.

There are a number of accounts of its history, including the following:

H. V. Dicks, Fifty years of the Tavistock Clinic (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1970)

Eric Trist and Hugh Murray, The Social Engagement of Social Science: A Tavistock Anthology, available online here

Article on the British Library's web-site, available here

Tavistock Institute web-site, available here



Associated catalog records (click number link to see full record):

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"British Leyland: aftermath of participation"; "Tavistock Programme in NET"

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"Extension of CRU scheme"

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"File 2: Regimental nominations: WOSB analysis forms. No.1"

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"File 3: Regimental nominations: WOSB analysis forms. No 1A Officers"

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"File 4: Regimental nominations: Analysis of NCO's nominations"

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"File 5: Regimental nominations: approval / disapproval analysis"

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"File 6: Regimental nominations: Regimental Board Notes"

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"File 7: Regimental nominations: miscellaneous"

9

"File 8: Regimental nominations: draft letters, etc, observer reports"

10

"Regular Soldiers"

11

"RTC Instructions in Psychology Testing (complete but not in order)"

12

"Selection of Allied Personnel procedure compared with WOSB technique"

13

"Studies in Techniques of Personality Assessment: 2. Work Sample Methods"

14

"The Relation of WOSB Assessments to Officer Proficiency Ratings": officer follow-up papers

15

"Weekly Statistical Statements: the civil resettlement situations"

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"WOSB interview technique"

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2A (administrative) document registers

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2T document register [photocopy]

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2T records: 2T1-2T8

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2T records: 2T9-2T20

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2T records: 2T21-2T34

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2T records: 2T35-2T56 [missing 2T48; 2T49; 2T50]

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2T records: 2T57-2T65 [missing 2T63]

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2T records: 2T66-2T81

25

2T records: 2T82-2T100 [missing 2T84; 2T90]

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2T records: 2T101-121 [2T103 not complete; missing 2T104]

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2T records: 2T122-2T134

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2T records: 2T135-2T149

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2T records: 2T150-2T173 [missing 2T165; 2T166; 2T168; 2T171]

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2T records: 2T174; 2T177; 2T183-2T184

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2T records: 2T185; 2T187; 2T194; 2T197

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2T records: 2T200-2T214 [missing 2T205]

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2T records: 2T215-2T231

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2T records: 2T235-2T240 [missing 2T239]

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2T records: 2T241-2T249

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2T records: 2T250-2T266

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2T records: 2T267-2T281 [missing 2T278]

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2T records: 2T282-2T291

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2T records: 2T292-2T303

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2T records: 2T304-2T305

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2T records: 2T306-2T319

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2T records: 2T320-2T321

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2T records: 2T322-2T337 [Missing 2T325; 2T328-2T331; 2T335-2T336]

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2T records: 2T335

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2T records: 2T339-2T344 [missing 2T341]

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2T records: 2T345-2T353 [missing 2T346]

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2T records: 2T357-2T365 [missing 2T360; 2T363]

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2T records: 2T368-2T374 [missing 2T369]

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2T records: 2T375-2T388 [missing 2T386]

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2T records: 2T389-2T402 [missing 2T390; 2T395]

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2T records: 2T403-2T420

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2T records: 2T421-2T433

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2T records: 2T434-2T448 [missing 2T440-2T441; 2T444]

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2T records: 2T449-2T455 [missing 2T450]

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2T records: 2T456-2T464

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2T records: 2T465-470 [missing 2T468-2T469]

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2T records: 2T473-2T484 [missing 2T476-2T479]

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2T records: 2T485- 2T491 [missing 2T487-2T490]

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2T records: 2T492- 2T506

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2T records: 2T507-2T510

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2T records: 2T511-2T524 [missing 2T512; 2T514; 2T519; 2T523]

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2T records: 2T526-2T536 [missing 2T527-2T528; 2T532-2T533]

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2T records: 2T537-2T556 [missing 2T538; 2T543-2T545]

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2T records: 2T557-2T568 [missing 2T558; 2T566]

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2T records: 2T569-2T578

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2T records: 2T579-2T590

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2T records: 2T591-2T613 [missing 2T607]

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2T records: 2T614-2T641 [missing 2T619; 2T621-2T622; 2T627; 2T629-2T630; 2T633-2T638]

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2T records: 2T643-2T655 [missing 2T649; 2T651]

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2T records: 2T656-2T665

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2T records: 2T670-2T691; 2T709 [missing 2T671; 2T678; 2T690]

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2T22: Barrie Irving, Linden Hilgendorf, "The Fisher Inquiry"

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CASR document register

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CASR documents: Comision Federal de Electricidad Organisational Development Programme, working notes 1-15

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CASR records: 265; 286; 316; 340; 343; 375; 379; 398; 426

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CASR records: 15; 23; 30; 53; 58; 80; 90; 93

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CASR records: 98; 120; 123; 127; 131; 163

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CASR records: 185; 188; 197; 200; 242

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CASR records: 443; 573; 591; 605; 632; 651; 654

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CASR records: 672; 686; 689; 736; 744; 829; 838

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CASR records: 871; 882

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CASR records: 891; 904; 907; 917; 919; 950; 952

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CASR records: 971; 1041; 1069; 1081; 1082; 1093

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CASR records: 1051 (parts one and two)

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CASR records: 1098; 1119; 1128; 1165; 1195

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Civil Resettlement Planning Memoranda and related papers

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Civil Resettlement Planning Memoranda and related papers

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Civil Resettlement Training Notes, 1-8; paper on the principle of counselling for Resettlement Officers (ROs)

89

Civil Resettlement Units (CRU)

90

CRU research reports and related documents

91

Directorate of Army Psychiatry: technical memoranda no.13 "The Prisoner of War Comes Home"

92

Draft "Notes on Attitudes in Industry to the Employment of Ex-Regular Soldiers"

93

EDRU project proposal: "Evaluation of the EURES Activities"

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EDRU project proposal: Open Method of Coordination (OMC)

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EDRU project proposals

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EDRU records: 25; 27; 35; 37-38

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EDRU records: 39-44

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EDRU records: 45-52

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EDRU records: 53-54; 57-60

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EDRU records: 61-69; 71-72

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EDRU records: 73-78

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EDRU records: 79-88; 90

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EDRU records: 91-99 [Missing 96]

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EDRU records: 100-102

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EDRU records: 103-112

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EDRU records: ARTISAN, deliverables 04-06

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EDRU records: ARTISAN, deliverables 07-09

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EDRU records: ARTISAN, deliverables 10-12

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EDRU records: DELTA

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EDRU records: DELTA/ARTICULATE

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EDRU records: DELTA/DEVAL

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EDRU records: Enterprise in Higher Education (EHE)

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EDRU records: Evaluation of <i>Cracked</i>

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EDRU records: FORCE evaluation

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EDRU records: FORCE evaluation

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EDRU records: FORCE evaluation

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EDRU records: HELIOS II

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EDRU records: Leonardo Da Vinci Programme, CASEL

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EDRU records: Look After Your Heart Community Projects

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EDRU records: Multi Action in the Community

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EDRU records: ONE

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EDRU records: Research Action on Transferability of Training and Learning

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EDRU records: Residential Child Care Initiative (RCCI)

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EDRU records: SEAHORSE I

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EDRU records: SEAHORSE II

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EDRU records: SEAHORSE II

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EDRU records: SEAHORSE II

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EDRU records: Self Help Alliance (SHA)

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EDRU records: State of the Art on Approaches in the United States of Accreditation of Competencies through Automated Cards

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EDRU records: Telematics applications programme: CONCORD

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EDRU records: TELMED deliverable 01-02

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EDRU records: TELMED final report and annex

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EDRU records: The Regional Alcohol Misuse Coordinator Scheme

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EDRU records: TIERRAS Project

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EDRU records: TIERRAS Project

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EDRU records: Training Support Programme (TSP)

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EDRU records: TSER/COMPETE

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EDRU records: TSER/DELILAH Consortium

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EDRU records: TSER/DELILAH Consortium

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EDRU records: TSER/DELOS

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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EDRU records: various

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Education and Professional Development

172

Eric Trist: RTC technical reports 1-38

173

Eric Trist: Selection Boards (University Courses)

174

Eric Trist: Selection of Higher Grade Personnel: Anti-Aircraft Command

175

Glacier Metal Company (The Glacier Project)

176

Governance and Central Administration

177

HRC document register and subject classification

178

HRC records: 27-28; 33; 47-48; 58; 64

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HRC records: 69; 79-81; 83; 99-101

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HRC records: 103; 110; 117; 120

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HRC records: 122; 126; 131; 133; 135

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HRC records: 141-142; 144; 146-148; 150-152

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HRC records: 176; 180; 184; 195-196; 198; 206-210; 218; 220

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HRC records: 220; 221; 228; 239; 254; 258; 264

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HRC records: 275; 279; 297; 315; 317-319; 324-325; 338; 343-348

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HRC records: 348; 356-357; 359; 362-363; 366; 374

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HRC records: 388; 392; 397; 405; 409; 415

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HRC records: 416; 418-419; 421; 425; 448-449; 458; 461; 466

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HRC records: 468; 490-492; 494; 503

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HRC records: 511; 517; 549; 554; 558; 561-563; 566; 569; 571

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HRC records: 575; 581; 588-589; 591; 594-595; 597

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HRC records: 600; 601; 604-606; 608; 618 [also includes unnumbered IMI report, Apr 1971]

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HRC records: 627; 631-632; 646; 650; 655; 658; 661

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HRC records: 663; 665; 160; 670; 672; 682; 683

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HRC records: 687; 690-691; 696; 701; 703; 712; 719; 721-722; 724; 736; 740; 745

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HRC records: 747; 748-749; 752; 756; 768; 772; 777-779

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HRC records: 780; 782; 794

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HRC records: 795-796; 798; 806; 807

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HRC records: 809; 813; 815; 821; 824; 827-828; 831; 833-834

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HRC records: 835-836; 838; 841; 845-846; 848-849; 854; 858-859; 862

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HRC records: 870; 878; 885; 888; 895; 911-912; 921; 924

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HRC records: 924; 926-927; 932-934; 953-955; 962

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HRC records: 967; 968; 979-980; 991; 993-996

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HRC records: HRC 2-20 [missing HRC 3-4; HRC 6; HRC 8; HRC 10-13; HRC 14; HRC 15-16; HRC 18-19

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HRC records:153; 156; 158-159;161-162; 165; 168; 170; 174

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Hugh Murray's Civil Resettlement Unit papers

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Hugh Murray's collected articles, reprints and papers on officer selection in the British Army

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IOR Document Register

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IOR records: "Public Planning: the inter-corporate dimension"

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IOR records: 1-5; 27; 66; 74; 101; 105-106; 111-118

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IOR records: 119-126; 128-131

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IOR records: 133-134; 136; 138-149

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IOR records: 150; 185-194; 196; 198-201; 203-206; 210-214

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IOR records: 215-238

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IOR records: 239-250; 252-255; 258-274

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IOR records: 275-287; 289-301; 3C2; 303; 305-306; 308-313; 315-316

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IOR records: 317-324; 326-336; 338-342; 344-356; CR158

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IOR records: 357-370

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IOR records: 371-384

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IOR records: 386-415

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IOR records: 416-440

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IOR records: 441-468

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IOR records: 469-492

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IOR records: 493-500; 509; 592

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IOR records: 544; 559; 561; 577; 588

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IOR records: 607; 621; 641; 656-660

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IOR records: 661-675

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IOR records: 689-695

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IOR records: 696-703

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IOR records: 704-720 [missing 706; 713]

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IOR records: 722-731 [missing 723]

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IOR records: 732-742 [733-734; 736; 738]

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IOR records: 743-750

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IOR records: 751-769 [missing 756-758; 761-762; 764-768]

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IOR records: 770-782

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IOR records: 783-798 [missing 786-787]

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IOR records: 799-808

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IOR records: 809-815

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IOR records: 816-835

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IOR records: 836-850 [missing 838; 847]

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IOR records: 851-868 [missing 858; 865]

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IOR records: 871-888 [missing 873]

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IOR records: 890-902 [missing 901]

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IOR records: 903-906; 914; 916; 932-933

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IOR records: various early records

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IOR records:677-688

247

Isabel Menzies Lyth's Civil Resettlement Unit papers

248

Isabel Menzies Lyth's notes on industry and civil resettlement units

249

Lists of Tavistock documents

250

National Coal Board (NCB)

251

Note of conversation between Major Reeve and John Bowlby; interviews by the psychiatrist and psychologist at WOSB

252

Notes for CRU vocational staff

253

Notes for CRU vocational staff and papers on the work of the Social Service Officer

254

Notes on board procedure and ratings

255

Notes on No. 14 WOSB developmental programme

256

Open Tech Programme reports

257

OR1 reports on army intake and recruitment

258

Other WOSB selection assignments

259

Paper on MTO's (leaderless groups) tests

260

Papers and talks: civil resettlement units and repatriation

261

Papers on Selection Boards (University Courses)

262

Papers relating to the administration of Civil Resettlement Units

263

Papers, notes and memomoranda relating to civil resettlement

264

Personal Papers

265

Principles and Practice of Group Work for CRUs

266

Projects and Work

267

Regimental nomination index cards

268

Regimental nomination name slips

269

Regimental nomination notebooks

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Regimental nominations

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Regimental nominations

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Regimental Nominations

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Regimental nominations: distributions of votes

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Regimental nominations: preliminary reports

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Regimental nominations: results

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Regimental nominations: rough lists of nominations and data

277

Regimental nominations: special reports

278

Regimental nominations: supply statistics

279

Regular soldier survey and paper on group meetings

280

Reports and papers relating to population and the location of industry

281

Research, Consultancy and Evaluation

282

RTC documents: guide to publications and technical memoranda

283

RTC information/technical bulletins, nos 1-12

284

RTC internal memoranda

285

RTC memorandum no.11: guide to publications list 2 (consolidating)

286

RTC Report: "A Selection Experiment in A.A. Command"

287

RTC reports on proficiency of officers selected by WOSB methods, and on OCTU rejection rates

288

RTC technical memoranda; WOSB pamphlet no. 1

289

RTC Technical Report no.116: "An Experiment in the Selection of Civil Servants with Special Reference to Organisation and Methods".

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SFP 1493; SFP 2949; SPF 3939; SFP 4491

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T series document register

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T series: T2; T4; T8; T10; T12; T16-T17; T21; T33; T35; T40; T42-T43; T45; T53; T75; T78

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T series: T79; T83; T88; T113-T114; T119; T125; T151; T156-T157; T159; T165; T176;

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T series: T179; T182; T187; T192; T195-T196

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T series: T199-200; T209; T211; T214-T216; T219; T222-T224; T226

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T series: T229; T235-T236; T242-T244; T252; T256; T260; T262; T265; T269-T273; T278

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T series: T279; T289-T290; T292; T295-T296; T298; T303; T304-T305; T307; T316; T325

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T series: T331-T332; T335; T337; T344; T348; T349; T351; T354; T355; T357-T359; T365; T367; T369

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T series: T385; T389; T408; T422; T433; T435-T436; T439; T441; T443; T222; T471; T474; T476; T484; T490; T495; T491; T493

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T series: T591-T592; T594; T597; T605; T613

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T series: T614-T615; T638; T642; T649; T657-T658; T662-T663; T665; T678; T689; T694; T696; T702; T704; T709; T720; T736

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T series: T741; T746-T749

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T series: T771-T772; T774; T776

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T series: T777; T780; T783; T786; T790; T795; T800; T807-T808

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T series: T813; T821; T830; T844; T797; T850

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T series: T852; T858; T870-T871; T875-T876; T879-T884; T886

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T series: T890-T891; T894; T899-T900; T904; T907; T913-T917; T920; T923-T924; T930; T934

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T series: T935; T937; T939; T941; T947; T962-T965; T951; T969-T970; T973-T974; T980; T983

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T series: T991; T995-T997; T999; T1004; T1010

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T series: T1016; T1020; T1022; T1024-T1025; T1027-T1031; T1033; T1043

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T series: T1034; T1034a

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T series: T1047; T1052-T1053; T1059; T1061-T1062

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T-series: T475; T571-T575; T581; T584; T589-T590

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T-series: T501; T503-T504; T508-T509; T516; T518; T527; T531-T533; T537a; T550; T552; T555; T557-T558; T562; T564-T565; T567; T570

315

T423: "Preliminary Technical Appreciation of the Problem of Selecting Higher Grade Civil Servants during the Reconstruction Period"

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Tavistock Institute document register

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Tavistock Institute document: no.1

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Tavistock Institute documents: 248; 262; 270; 341; 380; 401; 440; 462; 470; 472; 473; 479; 482; 484; 491; 496; 497; 488

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Tavistock Institute documents: 407; 418; 419; 527; 576; 578; 594

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Tavistock Institute documents: 500-501; 507; 506; 516; 519-520; 527

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Tavistock Institute documents: 528; 536; 539-543; 548-549; 551

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Tavistock Institute documents: 556; 558; 562; 565; 567; 570; 572; 573; 579; 582; 587; 589

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Tavistock Institute documents: 560; 573; 528; 638; and other papers

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Tavistock Institute documents: 576; 594; 652; 630; 632-634; 643; 654

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Tavistock Institute documents: 592; 593; 594; 596-600

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Tavistock Institute documents: 601-602; 605-606; 608-609; 611-614; 620-622; 625-626; 629

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Tavistock Institute documents: 616; 627; 638; 657-658

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Tavistock Institute documents: 632-633; 636; 640; 644-646; 648-649; 653-653; 662; 664-665; 667

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Tavistock Institute documents: 674; 676-677; 679; 681; 685; 694; 696-699

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Tavistock Institute documents: 702; 704-705; 714

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Tavistock Institute documents: 970; 1119

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Tavistock Institute registered document series

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Tavistock unnumbered registered documents

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Tavistock unnumbered registered documents

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TIHR 1T (Technical) registered document series

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TIHR 2T registered document series

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TIHR A series (administrative records): 2A4; 2A66; 2A 1441

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A522-A625

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A626-A725

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A726-A799

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A1040-A1080

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A1081-A1125

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A1126-A1195

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A1196-A1250

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TIHR A series (administrative records): A1251-A1299; A1589

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TIHR A series (Administrative) registered document series

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TIHR Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR) registered document series

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TIHR Evaluation Development and Review Unit (EDRU) registered document series

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TIHR Human Resources Centre (HRC) registered document series

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TIHR Institute of Operational Research (IOR) registered document series

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TIHR registered document series

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TIHR research reports

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TIHR research reports

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TIHR research reports: "Without the Palace"; Lisl Klein, "The Use of Selected Social Science Concepts in the Investigation of the Problems of an Industrial Organisation"

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TIHR research reports: Jean Neumann

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TIHR research reports: various

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Trist and Sutherland: Selecting higher grade civil servants

358

Various Tavistock documents: unsorted

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Various Tavistock documents: unsorted

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Various TIHR registered documents

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Volume of graphs displaying results of WOSB recruitment

362

War Office Selection Boards (WOSB)

363

War time work: collaboration between Tavistock and the British Army

364

WOSB box 3: "File 1: Regimental nominations: WOSB analysis forms. No.2"

365

WOSB Evaluation and Follow-Up

366

WOSB follow-up instructions, RTC technical instructions, etc

367

WOSB internal and management documents

368

WOSB Job Analysis: The Subaltern's Job

369

WOSB MSS "The Reliability and Inter-Relation of WOSB Assessments under Optimal Conditions"

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WOSB MSS "The Reliability and Inter-Relation of WOSB Assessments under Optimal Conditions"

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WOSB no. 14 MSS drafts

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WOSB nomination forms [completed]

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WOSB reporting on candidates (blank forms)

374

WOSB tests and test results

375

WOSB tests: "VIT matrices (1958 - 20 mins) and Mill Hill (set A) equivalent scores - uncorrected for age"

376

WOSB tests: Arithmetic Test

377

WOSB tests: Instructions for giving tests (various)

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WOSB tests: J. C. Raven, <i>Standard Progressive Matrices</i>

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WOSB tests: progressive matrices

380

WOSB tests: progressive matrices (1943) instructions and keys

381

WOSB tests: Sundry Tests

382

WOSB tests: Tables of equivalent scores corrected for age

383

WOSB tests: Tables of equivalent scores uncorrected for age

384

WOSB tests: Thematic Apperception Test

385

WOSB tests: Three-ways self-description

386

WOSB tests: Weschler Contracted Verbal Scale and Similarities and and Wechsler general compehension test

387

WOSB write-up MSS

388

WOSB write-up MSS (first draft): "Officer Selection in the British Army"