The loss of experienced men from the sea-going industry prompted this study for a qualitative assessment of the extent of the problem and an investigation of its nature. Attention is focused not on the act of leaving taken in isolation, but on the total relationship between the employee and the employing organization. The report sets out the findings about the objective features of seafaring careers. These have been examined statistically and also from the perspective of interviews in the course of which the psychological, social and economic factors that govern going to sea, remaining at sea, and leaving the sea could be explored. The main outline of the findings that has emerged from analyses of all the information gathered from various sources is clear and unlikely to be greatly surprising to those that are close to the seagoing side of the industry. Indeed a common response to our report may be that it contains nothing new. Neverthless as far as we have been able to discover these findings have not emerged from other studies nor have they been set down together with the evidence in support of them in such a way that their policy implications could be examined and made explicit.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

    Tavistock Centre, Belsize Lane
    London NW3,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Hill, JMM
  • Publication Date: 1972-1

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; References;
  • Pagination: 114 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00050982
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Tavistock Institute of Human Relations
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 15 1974 12:00AM