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 http://howardguest.co.uk/. 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:http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/article.html?1178&sf_function=print

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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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…

http://www.bookbarninternational.co.uk/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/bookbarn-international-how-a-barn-full-of-old-books-became-a-web-wonder-8621915.html

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.”

http://www.inleading.com/

 

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.’

http://www.tavinstitute.org/humanrelations/special_issues/Morgan.html

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