There is scarcely an engineering company in Britain which has not had to
face radical changes in technology and world economic climate during the
past decade. These companies have been forced to reorganise both their
product policy and personnel and have either foundered or emerged the
stronger as a result of these inevitable pressures from sources beyond
This thesis tells the story of just such a well-established mechanical
engineering company which was forced out of its complacency of fifty years into a new aggressive and extremely competitive market, that of
electronic gauging and measurement, and was able to recover from the
brink of financial collapse because of its thrust into new technology and
the resultant research, design and development of new and different
products. For the first time in fifty years British Indicators Ltd was
forced to innovate in order to survive.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.