Interdependence and Uncertainty
A Study of the Building Industry
First edition, card covers. 21 × 15cm, 83pp.
"This volume reports upon an investigation sponsored by the building industry itself. Few industries of such complexity have previously sought from outside specialists such a deeply probing examination of their processes, nor, in this country at least, have the disciplines of operational research or sociology joined forces to study a whole industry. Each section of the industry has traditionally thought of itself as autonomous in fulfilling a settled sequence of operations. This report demonstrates the fallacy inherent in this view and demands a recognition of interdependence as a pre-condition of fruitful change. The second factor of which account must be taken is the uncertainty stemming from client intervention, administrative action, or other forces external to an individual project that may critically affect the long process of design and construction. The building industry sees in this preliminary study the promise that further research may provide the criteria by which it may reorganize and equip itself to meet the needs and the challenges of a new era of socio-technical advance."
This copy is in good condition. The covers are faded and a little grubby but the contents are in good, clean condition, with secure binding. Previous owner's name sticker to front cover (Professor John Stringer (1925–2018), a pioneer of post-war Operational Research).