The philosopher E.F. Schumacher is best known for being an early exponent of a heterodox economics that centres on environmentalism, human need and other progressive values. The author of the wildly popular Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered remains a significant intellectual figurehead today. Less well known is that as the chief economic adviser to the National Coal Board in Britain – at the time one of the largest corporations globally – he advocated for a managerial practice that centred on the autonomy of frontline workers. He claimed that a balance ...


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