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Our Heritage

Academic journal article Manager

Our Heritage

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Here at the Institute it is always a pleasure to hear from our members. As you will know the Institute celebrates its centenary in 2015, and in each edition of the magazine we would therefore like to take the opportunity to reflect on our rich heritage. In this issue IAM Fellow Neil Inkley shares his memories since he joined the then 'Institute of Office Management' (IOM) in 1960. During his time at the Institute Neil held a number of positions, ranging from branch chairman, to chairman of council, and then Vice President of the IAM.

What are your recollections of when you first joined the IOM more than 50 years ago?

It was a different Institute in different times. I joined from the old Office Administration Department (OAD) of ICI at a time when office management was very much a thing that took place on a large scale in big companies.

At that time the IOM had the backing of a number of large organisations, including Lyons, ICI, NCB, British Steel, Courtaulds and AIR products, and also from renowned 'big names' of the day including Geoffrey Mills and Oliver Standingford (authors of the definitive book on office practice - Office Organisation and Method), Neil Pollock (O&M), and John Simmons and T.R. Thompson (Lyons and the LEO project).

Did the IOM arrange regional events during the 1960s?

There was a strong branch culture back then, with Sheffield, Manchester and Glasgow among the leading lights. Branches were established to make it easy for members to engage with activities locally and to enable progression.

There were no caps and gowns then, but events were good for the exchange of ideas and information. At that time people attended things in the evenings. Meetings were well supported and events were oversubscribed, particularly during 'National Productivity Year' in 1962. They were not exacdy used for networking opportunities, but they did have the 'feel-good' factor about them. They were mainly attended by businessmen (I use the term advisedly), as you can see in the photograph (above) from the one-day seminar on office efficiency given by the North Lincolnshire branch in Grimsby Town Hall in the 1960s.

How many Institute members were there at the time? …

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