2nd July 2013: Creative Leadership Project – Event 3 – Leadership and Space

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You are warmly invited to participate free of charge in a series of interactive workshops linking research and practice to create new ways of leading in public service organisations. The workshops will draw on three distinct areas of expertise in relation to creative leadership: Language, Innovation and Space.

Event 3: Leadership and Space

Leadership and SpaceLeading work space change, be it office re-design, planning innovative work spaces or creating more flexible workplaces, is a complex and demanding process.  Increasingly organisations are under pressure to reduce the cost of work space, whilst at the same time designing spaces that unite workers and inspire users. However, making successful changes to the physical environment at work can lead to increased employee engagement and well-being, more flexible ways of working and have a positive impact on performance. But what should organisations be aware of during such change? What are the everyday issues raised by employees; why are these issues important? And what are the key issues for effective leadership of work space change in the future?

This Workshop draws on findings from a UWE SPUR4 funded project in association with the Environment Agency, Bristol. It explores the award winning ‘Horizon House’, the new Environment Agency headquarters. Built to unite 1,000 staff from across the South West and to meet with detailed sustainability criteria, the new offices provide open-plan, flexible and innovative work spaces. In particular, this seminar examines the impact this change process has had on employees and their responses to the transformation of their work space, post-occupancy. A short presentation will highlight key findings from the study, illustrating both academic reflections, stories from those involved and reflections from practice. This will be followed by facilitated round table discussions and the opportunity to network with and learn from the experience of others.

Date: 2nd July 2013

Time: 5.30-7.30pm

Venue: Executive Development Centre, Frenchay Campus, University of the West of England

Speakers: Dr Harriet Shortt (UWE), Julie Jupe and David Cameron (Environment Agency, Bristol)

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE, PLEASE EMAIL DORIS SCHEDLITZKI ON DORIS.SCHEDLITZKI@UWE.AC.UK.

18th June 2013: Creative Leadership Project – Event 2 – Leadership and Innovation

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You are warmly invited to participate free of charge in a series of interactive workshops linking research and practice to create new ways of leading in public service organisations. The workshops will draw on three distinct areas of expertise in relation to creative leadership: Language, Innovation and Space.

Event 2: Leadership and Innovation

Leadership and Innovation

Many believe the NHS is currently undergoing the most radical change since its inception 65 years ago.  With budgets at best fixed and demand increasing, the need to innovate is widely recognised.  But how far does organisational climate help or hinder innovation?  And what role might leadership and leadership learning have to play?

This Workshop draws on the findings from research commissioned by the Strategic Health Authority into leadership learning and the everyday experience of leading innovation in the health and social care sector.  A short presentation will highlight key findings from the study, illustrated with stories and reflections from those making it happen.  This will be followed by facilitated round table discussions and the opportunity to network with and learn from the experience of others.

Date: 18th June 2013

Time: 5.30-7.30pm

Venue: Exhibition and Conference Centre, Frenchay Campus, University of the West of England

Speakers: Dr Carol Jarvis (UWE), Dr Rob Sheffield (UWE), Participants on the Aspiring Top Leaders Programme

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE, PLEASE EMAIL DORIS SCHEDLITZKI ON DORIS.SCHEDLITZKI@UWE.AC.UK.

4th June 2013: Creative Leadership Project – Event 1 – Leadership and Language

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You are warmly invited to participate free of charge in a series of interactive workshops linking research and practice to create new ways of leading in public service organisations. The workshops will draw on three distinct areas of expertise in relation to creative leadership: Language, Innovation and Space.

Event 1: Leadership and Language

Leadership and Language

For the past century, our views of leadership theory and leadership development have been dominated by a conceptual understanding of leadership and management that is deeply rooted within the English language. It is time now to uncover language-specific roots of leadership, management and other relevant concepts in other languages. This will enable a greater understanding of leadership practice and inform culturally sensitive leadership development initiatives.

This Workshop draws on findings from research commissioned by the Welsh Government into the existence, meaning and use of the concepts of leading, managing and directing in the Welsh language. A short presentation will highlight key findings from the study, illustrating both academic and practice-oriented reflections. This will be followed by facilitated round table discussions and the opportunity to network with and learn about others’ experiences with different languages in relation to leadership.

Date: 4th June 2013

Time: 5.30-7.30pm

Venue: Executive Development Centre, Frenchay Campus, University of the West of England

Speakers: Dr Doris Schedlitzki (UWE), Dr Gareth Edwards (UWE), Gethin While (Welsh Government)

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE, PLEASE EMAIL DORIS SCHEDLITZKI ON DORIS.SCHEDLITZKI@UWE.AC.UK.

Cyberwork: cybernization and cyborgization

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On Wednesday 30th October 2013, in the Street Café at UWE (Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay Campus), Professor Barbara Czarniawska, Chair in Management Studies at GRI, School of Business, Economics and Law at University of Gothenburg will be talking…
This talk is based on a study of three news agencies (the Swedish TT, the Italian ANSA and the global Reuters) and illustrates the process and effects of increasing the demand for speed in the production of news. A related phenomenon that epitomizes problems related to speed requirement is so-called robo-trading, or algorithmic trading in finances. The speed requirement is aided by, and encourages increasing cybernization and cyborgization of news production. The same phenomena can be observed, at least to a certain degree, in many other organizations and professions in contemporary societies. The issues of acceleration and resistance, and the phenomena of cybernization and cyborgization, are of crucial importance for understanding contemporary life and work.
Check out the following link for more details: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/bl/bbs/newsandevents/dpaseries/professorbarbaraczarniawska.aspx

 

Well done Eda and Leah!

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Leah Tomkins and Eda Ulus have been awarded the Best Developmental Paper at the Management Learning conference, hosted by Lancaster University! The paper was called “What is being experienced in experiential learning”

What are YOU doing on the 24th June?

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The University of Bath School of Management would like to invite you to an Organization Studies seminar on 24th June 10 am – 2 pm by two eminent communications & organizational discourse scholars.

10.00am – 11.15am

Professor Linda Putnam, University of California, Santa Barbara

Contradictions, Dialectics and Paradoxes as Discourse Approaches to Organizational Analysis

11.30am – 12.45 pm

Professor Gail Fairhurst, University of Cincinnati

Flux Leadership Amidst the Tensions of Complex Organizational Life

Followed by Lunch

We would be delighted to welcome you for this  seminar. If are able to attend, please register by email to researchoffice@management.bath.ac.uk by 3rd June 2013.

Kaffe Fassett was Fabulous!

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Kaffe Fassett Day Out 006I spent a great afternoon at the Fashion and Textile Museum last week, visiting the Kaffe Fassett ‘a life in colour’ exhibition. His work was just wonderful, full of detail, colour and design. The exhibition includes all sorts of media including mosaic, needlepoint, quilting and knitting.
If you fancy going and getting some inspiration for a creative project, I can highly recommend it! Check out: www.ftmlondon.org

Harriet

Leah Tomkins – it’s all about the experience of happiness! :)

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This project is a collaboration with Virginia Eatough and Zoe Boden at Birkbeck, University of London.  We are interested in what it is like to feel happy – both in terms of its felt, embodied sense and in terms of the way it is thematised.  The former aspect dovetails with our phenomenological interest in first-person experience.  The latter aspect is particularly applicable to critical organisational studies, because it suggests ways in which the experience of happiness is – and is not – captured in organisational categories such as ‘well-being’, ‘morale’, ‘commitment’, ‘satisfaction’, etc.  Virginia is a well-known figure in the phenomenology of emotions field, and has discussed our preliminary findings on radio within the context of David Cameron’s desire to measure the nation’s happiness!   

Margaret Page’s recent work – equality and diversity

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In ‘Re-imagining equality and diversity: An arts based participative Inquiry’-
an article  accepted for publication by Management Learning, co authored with
Louise Grisoni of Oxford Brooks, Margaret makes the case for using arts based
methodologies for promoting diversity and equality in organisations.

Margaret’s book project ‘Chasing the Dream, gender equality in public
services’, co authored with Hazel Conley from Queen Mary’s College, based their
empirical research study, timely and topical now that equality legislation is
considered to be a ‘red tape challenge’ – will be published by Routledge – PTOA
December 2013.

Welcome to OS@UWE’s first blog!

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Welcome to the Organisation Studies blog at UWE! This is a place where we will be sharing bits and pieces of news about our research and teaching, including: new papers that are out; our publication updates; new teaching roles; modules; bids; work on consultancy projects; writing books and so on. Enjoy!