Founded in 1946 as a school for aeronautical engineers, Cranfield University is today one of Britain’s leading technical education and research establishments, incorporating a wide range of postgraduate studies, and is a major foreign currency earner for research contracts. The new library was commissioned to provide a much-needed focus for the developing campus. Consistent with the innovation characteristic of the university as a whole, its design reformulates the concept of the library away from the closed book stacks, forbidding screens and security barriers of traditional libraries to something lighter, more open and accessible.
Laura holds a BA in Natural Sciences and Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Applicable Mathematics from Cranfield Institute of Technology. Laura is a Member of the White Hill Schools Multi-Academy Trust in Chesham and sits on the Finance Board of the Royal College of Physicians.
This essay examines the classical and contingency schools of thought -- the approaches to organization that have had the greatest impact on management today.