Originally published in 1984, this book grew out of the papers (and discussions) presented at the Seminar conducted at London Business School during March-June 1983, with a focus on the problems of public enterprise in the context of the developing world. Essentially, three facts of thought emerged: first, on the working of public enterprises in developing countries; second, on joint ventures and consultancies involving public enterprises in the two groups of countries; and third, on the value and relevance of experience of public enterprises in developed countries, particularly in the UK, for the developing countries.
Broadly, the Chapter 1 belongs to the first category, Chapters 6 and 7 to the second and Chapters 8 to 13 to the third. The concluding review seeks to highlight some of the major issues that deserve notice in the light of the views expressed in the papers and the discussions that took place on them.
Preface. 1. Public Enterprise in Developing Countries: The Development Context V.V. Ramanadham 2. Public Enterprise in Thailand Maurice R. Garner 3. Public Enterprise in Mexico George Philip 4. Financial Accountability of Public Enterprises in Bangladesh George Ronson 5. Law and Public Enterprise in Developing Countries Yash Ghai 6. Joint Ventures Between Multinational Corporations and Local State Enterprises John Stopford 7. British Public Enterprises and Project Initiation in the Developing World Harold L. Rhodes 8. Public Enterprises in the UK: Relevant Experiences for the Developing Countries John B. Heath 9. Corporate Plans as Commitments David Chambers 10. Corporate Planning, Commitment and Public Enterprises S.N. Woodward 11. The Use of Profitability in Assessing the Performance of Public Enterprises Andrew Likierman 12. The Role of the Public Sector in the Development of Small Enterprise Peter Wilson 13. Government, Nationalised Industries and Creating Enterprise Michael E. Beesley 14. A Concluding Review V.V. Ramanadham. Index.