Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)



Department name when degree awarded

Industrial Management

Committee Chair(s)

C. D. McBride


C. D. McBride


The United States is a growing nation; it is also an industrial nation. In the past century the spinning wheel has given way to the large clothing mills; a great network of miles and miles of electric power lines has replaced the kerosene lamp and provided power for work that was for years done by hand. Small horse-drawn earth moving equipment has given way to giant motor-driven bulldozers and transportation has progressed from the pony express and stagecoach to the huge trans-ocean airliners that make any spot on the globe only a matter of hours away. In like manner colleges have grown from units with one or two buildings and a meager handful of students to the modern campus with many buildings and thousands of students. These are to mention only a few of the changes. The United States is proud of its growth, proud of its industrial accomplishments, and is proud of its schools and colleges and the educational opportunities afforded to its citizens.

With all the above changes, and many more, has come the birth and expansion of industries to supply the products of this technical advancement. From these industries there comes an ever increasing demand for leadership. No longer is the village shop, operated by a man and his sons, the source of supply. No longer can the "new leadership" be supplied via the owner's family. Industry has outgrown its supply of leadership--outside sources must be relied upon to provide potential managers for today's and tomorrow's industries.

Although they may differ in their statement of purpose, colleges and universities, generally, propose to prepare their graduates to meet the needs of the society in which they will find themselves. Industry is a part of that society.

This study is being made with the hypothesis that colleges and universities can assume a large part of the training of tomorrow's managers of industry, providing they know the needs of industry. Reason would dictate that men now in positions of management in industry are prepared to advise what training young men should have from colleges and universities to prepare them best for management positions, and to indicate whether or not these schools could provide all the instruction necessary.

Four questions are proposed which form the basis of this study:

  1. Is a college education a requirement for a position of management in industry?
  2. Is a liberal arts program or a highly specialized one preferred?
  3. What courses are recommended for adequate managerial training?
  4. Could company training programs be reduced through additional work on the part of colleges and universities?