Introduction

First “foreign productivity” programs offered for Marshall Plan administrators. Over the next 30 years, thousands of managers from more than 100 countries participate in programs for international managers.

First “foreign productivity” programs offered for Marshall Plan administrators. Over the next 30 years, thousands of managers from more than 100 countries participate in programs for international managers.

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First “foreign productivity” programs offered for Marshall Plan administrators. Over the next 30 years, thousands of managers from more than 100 countries participate in programs for international managers.

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In 1951 the College offered its first international management training program—the first of many “foreign productivity programs: sponsored by the U.S. Foreign Operations Administration (FOA). These special certificate and associate degree programs were designed to transfer the methods of American management to foreign executives from public and private sectors alike. The first team of students were British and French industrial management specialists involved in the administration of the European Recovery Program, popularly known as the Marshall Plan

Between 1951 and 1955, more than 400 European executives attended the productivity programs. Each of the productivity programs were tailored to the culture of its participants and focused on their special needs.

Bill Conallen