In this thesis, the author examines the theories concerned with the process and procedures of corporate planning and compares this theoretical situation with the practical application of corporate planning undertaken by the four major organisations within the nationalised transport sector in the United Kingdom, viz - British Railways Board, National Freight Company, National Bus Company and British Airways. A comparison is made between the experience of these organisations and, in respect of one of them, British Railways Board, an assessment is made of the success with which its corporate planning has been applied. The theory versus practice comparison and the assessment of success lead to the provision of a number of recommendations which the British Railways Board might adopt to enhance the success of its corporate planning. During the course of the discussion contained within the thesis, a considerable amount of information is provided concerning the four organisations. This is designed to facilitate an understanding of their nature, size, markets and financial situations, all of which impact upon their approaches to corporate planning. Attention is also paid to their relationships with Central Government and Local Authorities which also influence their corporate planning activities.
|Date of Award||1981|