Magazine article New Zealand Management

INTOUCH : Obituary - Ron Greenwood

Magazine article New Zealand Management

INTOUCH : Obituary - Ron Greenwood

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Byline: Reg Birchfield

An executive should "realise the social significance of what he is doing", said Ron Greenwood, not recently, but back in 1944 when he was establishing the New Zealand Industrial Institute of Management, which in 1951 dropped the word "industrial" from its title.

The founding father of NZIM, Ron Greenwood, died recently in Wellington, the city in which he always lived, aged 96.

The quietly spoken innovator and motivator established NZIM because he could see that management was a burgeoning and vitally important community that would lead the country's recovery from a war-based economy.

On 19 April 1944 he galvanised 300 representatives from industrial businesses, technical colleges, government departments and unions to meet in Wellington and agree to breathe life and form into his idea of an NZIM. His foresight is exemplified in his phrase acknowledging the social significance of what managers were going to do in the future.

"Unless we do this job and get it going, returning servicemen - many of whom have learned leadership overseas and who have the capacity to become the best types of foremen - are going to be at a disadvantage because they have nothing in industry by which to reorientate themselves," he told a local journalist. …

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