Creative Thinking at UWE this week…

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Aspiring Top LeadersThe Aspiring Top Leaders Innovation Workshop took place this week, here at UWE. The workshop focussed on how to generate and develop novel and useful ideas, while working in diverse groups.

It was a great day, full of enthusiasm from our fantastic participants – many of whom form our current cohort on the Aspiring Top Leaders programme, in partnership with NHS South of England and NHS Trust North Bristol. The workshop was lively and thoughtful, and was made all the more interactive with the use of ‘real’ problems from our guest clients – Claire Shepherd, Promoting Organisational Learning Project Manager from the Royal United Hospital, Bath and Steve Boxall, Head of Capital Projects at the Royal United Hospital, Bath. Claire and Steve worked with all our participants on two relevant and ‘live’ problems. The groups used these client briefs to apply divergent/ convergent thinking creative tools and to think about what helps and hinders creativity.

Thank you to all those who participated, shared their experiences and their creativity. Thank you also to Claire and Steve, for their time and enthusiasm, and to Dr Rob Sheffield, the workshop leader and our facilitators.

Rate Your Lecturer – potential flaws in the site?!

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ImageA recent article in the Times Higher (13th June 2013) not only discusses the website ‘Rate Your Lecturer’ and the various views for and against, but also features our very own Dr Olivier Ratle! Olivier reveals the potential flaws in the site through his very own experiment…follow the link below to find out more!

We are ‘driving innovation and growth’, says The Association of Business Schools!

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assoc business schThe ABS has just published a report on the role of UK Business Schools in driving innovation and growth in the domestic economy…and Bristol Business School (BBS), here at UWE, is featured in a case study. Associate Professor Dr Carol Jarvis, from the OS cluster at Bristol Business School talks about the Aspiring Top Leaders Programme co-created by BBS and the North Bristol NHS Trust. Dr Jarvis notes how the programme has successfully worked with participants from diverse healthcare backgrounds over a number of years and encourages reflective practice to foster personal and organisational change.

You can find more information via this link: ABS Task Force report May 2013

Visual records of academic life…

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For those of you interested in ‘the visual’, you might be interested in the work of this photographer, Howard Guest He does a lot of work with organisations and corporate portraiture.

Of particular interest is his work with the University of Cambridge – as part of the university’s celebration of its 800th anniversary, Guest produced a photographic exhibition capturing members of staff in their workplace and images of life at the university. The exhibition ‘On the Shoulders of Giants‘ was held at the Fitzwilliam Museum:

I think this is a really interesting way to document academic life, produce a visual record of organisational life…or celebrate an anniversary. Perhaps something to think about for the future?!

Congratulations to Dr Tchelebi and Dr Baker!

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foukeep-calm-and-psycho-analyze-1Hi all

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr Nadine Tchelebi and Dr Graham Baker for successfully completing their  PhDs.

We look forward to celebrating with you both soon! Really well done!

With best wishes from the OS Team at UWE.

A Passion for Books…

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imagesCA822M6HHi all

A friend of a friend runs this great online second-hand book store, here in the South West. I thought it might be of interest to some…and for books you can’t find anywhere else, you might find them here! Check out the links below for details and recent publicity in The Independent – and feel free to share and pass the word on…

Join a new conversation on leadership…

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Hi all…

Gareth has been kind enough to pass on this information about a new online community called ‘InLeading’…please see below for details, taken from this new site…and the link to get you started…InLeading 

“InLeading is a new online community focussing on the development of knowledge and professional practice in leadership worldwide. Our goal is to make InLeading the go to destination for those involved in leadership research and practice, with our discussion forums providing a wealth of information and our active membership giving members ample networking opportunity through the creation of a niche social network.

At the moment we are in our infancy and we are looking for early members who are interested in helping seed our discussion forums with interesting topics and conversations. For more detail about InLeading and where we are hoping to take it, take a look at our launch post in the forums. To get started, sign up today and join the conversation.”


Human Relations CFP ‘Beyond Morgan’s Eight Metaphors’…

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images-organization-gareth-morgan-paperback-cover-artHi all

I’ve just seen this, and since we use this work in our teaching at UWE, I thought it might be of interest to some…details below have been taken from the website…check out the link below for all the details…!

‘In 2016 (i.e. the year when this special issue will be published), it will be 30 years since Gareth Morgan’s book Images of Organization was originally published. The book has been seen as a seminal and ground-breaking contribution. It offered rich and evocative ways of seeing organizations and organizing. Moreover, it introduced the idea of multiple perspectives and that no image of organization is a neutral one. It still stands as an unusual and non-traditional textbook both in terms of style and content.

Some decades later, there is reason to wonder whether Morgan’s eight main images (they are still eight in the 2006 edition) are still relevant. Does Morgan’s work still have purchase in relation to contemporary organizational theorizing? Do his ideas resonate with new forms of organization and the processes of organizing? Are the metaphors provided able to catch images of organization, in a relevant way, for people outside of the Anglo-Saxon tradition to relate to? Is it that new metaphors need to be added? Is there even a need to rethink the whole set of metaphors and to construct an alternative set?

The objective of this Special Issue is to examine the substance of Morgan’s contribution in an exploratory, constructive and critically-engaged way, or that extends his work in terms of, for instance, suggesting additional metaphors or an alternative set of metaphors.’