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It was here that he met Eunice, who would later become his wife. Meredith remembers contriving to partner her in a tennis match in order to catch her eye and, a year later, the two were married.
Shortly afterwards, Meredith began studying for his Ph D, focusing on the Psychology of Ageing in Industry.
In particular, he remembers how older workers disliked “pacing”, the method of finishing a task on a production line within a given period of time.
Where older workers could be rewarded for accuracy rather than speed of work, job satisfaction was higher.
In recent years, Meredith has visited China and Russia to speak about the application of Team Roles in different cultures.
His message was well-received by the Russian Atomic Energy Authority and helped change attitudes to management in Russia.
Following his doctorate, Meredith was invited to take a research fellowship at Cranfield College (now Cranfield School of Management) to continue his study of older workers in industry.
During each game, observers methodically recorded different interactions and contributions from the players, which were scrutinised and categorised after the event.
Having an interest in group and individual behaviour, Meredith and Eunice, along with Bill Hartston (a mathematician and international chess master), Jeanne Fisher (an anthropologist) and Roger Mottram (an occupational psychologist) began planning a research project to study management teams in action.