Secondment between sectors would improve UK economy

head of one of London’s leading universities says top business people,
Government workers and academics need to be seconded between the sectors if the
UK economy is to improve.

Rhind, vice chancellor at City University, London, told Personnel Today he
believes greater co-operation and movement between the sectors, as happens in
the US, will dramatically improve business.

people from one sector to come an work in another is a crucial success factor
for the British economy, and, beyond that, the nature of society we are trying
to build,” he said.

am very keen on the idea that we bring in people from different sectors and we
our people to a [different] sector, preferably on secondment.”

the US the system is more common. Laura Tyson, dean of London Business School,
was a key architect of President Clinton’s domestic and international policy
agenda during his first term in office, and was appointed to the position from
an academic background.

said working out a system to facilitate movement in the UK was difficult, and
that he welcomed input from  Personnel
Today readers.

said there are obstacles to overcome, academics are generally paid far less
than business people, and many business people are out-of-touch with what
modern universities are like.

also invited business people to come to City University, either to visit or do
some research, and said he is looking for places for academics to work. “It
would be of benefit to all of us,” he said.

By Quentin Reade

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