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From Sheffield to Kobe – Dr Komori kick-starts potential partnership

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

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Dr Naoko Komori, lecturer in accounting at the Management School, has recently returned from Kobe University’s Graduate School of Business Administration where she was invited to deliver a lecture to young Japanese academics.

She presented a talk, titled ‘From Kobe to Sheffield: Developing Academic Careers in the Age of Globalisation’, to a diverse audience including doctoral students, academics from different Japanese universities, and senior professors engaging in an international entrepreneurial project.

On her trip to Kobe University, Dr Komori said: “It was an honour to talk to such a welcoming audience at one of the top three business schools in Japan.”

Her talk included the significance of develop academic career in an international context, drawing on her own working experiences both in Japan and the UK.

She also had a meeting with Professor Katsuhiko Kokubu, Dean of Kobe University’s Graduate School of Business Administration, and Professor Hirofumi Matsuo, the Director of the Strategic Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Alliance Management Initiative (SESAMI) to discuss about the possibility for building up partnership with Sheffield University Management School.

Dr Komori also received glowing feedback following her visit: “People who attended the talk were very complimentary, and it’s inspiring to learn that my work and career are considered pioneering amongst Japanese academics.”

A female associate professor who attended the talk commented: “We respect and are very impressed that Dr Komori started her academic career in the UK when publication in international academic journals was not common.”

Professor Katsuhiko Kokubu said: “We are thankful to Dr Komori for her enthusiasm in bridging the two schools, and for her talk that inspired our students to follow her path.”

For the latest publication on which her talk was based, click here.

Philanthropy in the arts – can artists lead a change in the sector?

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Dr Marta Herrero, a member of the Marketing and Cultural Industries division at the Management School, has been asked to attend a panel session on philanthropy in the arts.

Having researched the area in detail, she will be a lively participant at the event, hosted by Leeds-based organisation, Arts Funding & Philanthropy. The event, to be held at the Carriageworks, Leeds, on Wednesday 19 August, will discuss artist-led philanthropy, and whether artists are key to ensuring a step-change in funding for the arts and culture.

The panel will lead discussion on the continued squeeze on arts funding – how sustainable or realistic is it for local and regional galleries, museums and theatres to make up the funding shortfall and foster thriving communities?

Chaired by Prof Ann Summer, public art officer at the University of Leeds, the panel joining Dr Herrero includes Richard Andrews, Associate Director of Centre for New Music and Audio Technologies (Berkeley, USA); Keranjeet Virdee, CEO of South Asian Arts; and Rory Wardroper, fundraising consultant.

This event forms part of the National Summer School for Arts Fundraising and Leadership – you can sign up to attend here.

Read more about Marta’s research into arts sponsorship and philanthropy in Review magazine:

Prof Williams sees European-level successes in tackling undeclared economy

Thursday, June 4th, 2015


A series of high-profile keynotes means that combating the cash-in-hand economy is now close to the top of the European Commission’s policy agenda.

Following two high-level European conferences in April, held in Bucharest and Dubrovnik, Sheffield University Management School’s Professor Colin Williams has recently presented two further talks at European seminars in Brussels.

On 21 May, a seminar was held for the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion on developing policy towards self-employment. Given the greater likelihood of the self-employed participating in off-the-books work, Prof Williams provided an advisory talk on how the European Commission could join-up its policy on self-employment with its policy on tackling undeclared work.

Later in May, Prof Williams gave a keynote presentation to Copa-Cogeca, the united voice of farmers and agri-cooperatives in the EU, representing 28million farmers. This conference was designed to tackle undeclared work in the agricultural sector and included representatives from the National Farmers Union in the UK, FNSEA in France and their equivalents from 20 other European member states.

The European Parliament is currently engaged in a legislative initiative to establish a European Platform for Combating Undeclared Work which, if approved, will be established by the end of 2015. In 2010, Professor Williams conducted an evaluation of the feasibility and design of this EU Platform for the European Commission.

Out of the shadows: SUMS contributes to high-level conference on combating undeclared work in the EU

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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In Dubrovnik in late April 2015, Deputy Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials from 24 European countries met to discuss how they could cooperate to tackle the undeclared economy.

Professor Colin Williams from Sheffield University Management School was invited by the host, Milanka Opacic, Deputy Prime Minister of Croatia, to provide the keynote address on approaches towards tackling undeclared work in the European Union.

The outcome, expressed well by Helena Dalli, Minister of Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties in the Maltese government, was a raised awareness that besides complementing the traditional ‘sticks’ approach that punishes non-compliance with more ‘carrots’ to reward compliance, there was also a need for introducing awareness campaigns on the consequences of undeclared work targeted at enterprises, workers and the general public.

Summarising the view of many countries, Deputy Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Ivaiol Kalfin stated: “Promotion of regulated labour relations between Bulgaria and other EU and non-EU countries is a priority of the government”. The European Commission representative present, Jader Cane, urged governments to make full use of the European Social Fund to undertake coordinated responses.

Professor Colin Williams is currently coordinating a Marie Curie project entitled ‘Out of the shadows: developing capacities and capabilities for tackling undeclared work in Bulgaria, Croatia and FYR Macedonia’, which is seeking to raise understanding among South-East European governments about the need to transcend the ‘sticks’ and ‘carrots’ approach and to tackle it more indirectly by introducing greater awareness amongst citizens of the consequences of undeclared work so that they self-regulate themselves, rather than need to be forced to be compliant through enforcement authorities.

See the website for this project here.

Combating illegal trade and the shadow economy in Europe – SUMS’ Professor Colin Williams paves the way

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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Senior tax policy, tax administration and customs officials from 19 Eurasian countries met in Bucharest at the end of April 2015 to learn more about the latest strategies to tackle multibillion-dollar revenue losses stemming from illegal trade, counterfeits, and other aspects of the shadow economy.

Sheffield University Management School’s Professor Colin Williams (pictured above, and with other conference delegates) gave the opening academic overview (PDF) and closing review of policy approaches.

As one of only two academic experts invited, other speakers included senior officials from the U.S. State Department, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Customs Organization, Interpol and Europol, as well as senior officials from multi-national corporations in the tobacco (JT International, British American Tobacco), alcohol (SABMiller) and pharmaceuticals (Pfizer) industries.

The two-day ‘International Conference on the Shadow Economy and Taxation’ was co-hosted by the International Tax and Investment Center, a non-profit research and education organisation focused on tax reform and public-private initiatives to improve the investment climate in transition economies, and Euromonitor Business Consulting Services.

Professor Williams, along with experienced enforcement officials, concluded the conference by advising that a new approach was essential as we cannot police ourselves out of the current situation, and argued that we need to make it easier and more attractive for people and businesses to move from the shadow to the formal economy.

IWP Conference welcomes the world

Friday, August 1st, 2014

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The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) held its fourth biennial International Conference at the end of June. The event was a huge success with four renowned keynote speakers, over 200 delegates from across six continents, and a range of cutting-edge research presentations in the areas of work, wellbeing, leadership and performance.

Oliver Weigelt, from the University of Hagen, said of the conference: “It had great networking opportunities, intriguing papers and excellent organisation – as well as a taste of Yorkshire. In the most positive way, an unforgettable event.”

Popular topics at the conference included health, stress and wellbeing; leadership; entrepreneurship; teamwork; creativity and innovation; the dark side of organisations; careers and development; unemployment; diversity; and motivation and engagement.

Continuing its tradition of applying psychology to workplace settings, IWP members delivered a number of business workshops as a fringe to the conference, sharing the latest research on leadership, creativity, and voice in organisations with members of the local business community.

The conference also included a number of research support events, including a developmental workshop for postgraduate students and early career researchers, and a variety of workshops and training courses in quantitative and qualitative research methods led by Dr Chris Stride, Dr Jeremy Dawson, Dr Larry Williams and Professor Penny Dick.

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Beyond the high quality presentations and research support events, the conference lived up to its reputation for creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for both first-time attendees and old friends who have attended all four conferences. It continues to be a place where colleagues from across the discipline come together to network, share insights, collaborate, and catch-up. Networking opportunities made the most of Sheffield, with hosted dinners across the city and drinks receptions in the Management School and the Millennium Galleries.

Stephen McGlynn, a PhD student and co-chair of the conference, said: “We’ve had overwhelmingly positive feedback from delegates. Our keynotes and presenters had a great, real-world focus and approached the event with enthusiasm and creativity. Many of our delegates are already excited about the IWP International Conference 2016!”

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SUMS students vote Professor Dick into university’s top 12 ‘most inspirational’

Friday, March 21st, 2014
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Professor Penny Dick from Sheffield University Management School’s Institute of Work Psychology has brought the learning and teaching achievements of our fantastic academics to the fore.

Inspiration & Co, ‘a mind store of horizon-broadening talks from the university’s most inspirational teachers, researchers and lecturers’, encouraged students to vote for their most inspirational academic staff members at the University of Sheffield. Prof Dick reached the final 24 – at which point there was another stage of voting to determine the top 12.

Happily, Prof Dick received enough votes to ensure she reached the top 12 and last night took on a TED-style talk in the University of Sheffield Students’ Union. Her talk explored the following:

Lots of unpleasant experiences at work are difficult to make sense of and even more difficult to explain to other people. But what happens if you think you might be the victim of, say, bullying or sexual harassment but you are not really sure if you are such a victim and whether anyone (with power) will believe you? This talk explores the problems around the interpretation and reporting of social experiences like sexual harassment and how these problems are not adequately dealt with at the policy level.

The management school’s Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, Professor Paul Latreille, said: “We’re proud and delighted to have one of our teaching staff acknowledged by the students in this way. It’s testament to Professor Dick’s dedication to the school’s quality learning and teaching provision, and I feel it sets an aspirational barometer for our peers.

“Inspiration and Co has gathered momentum, and it will be great to see what they bring to the table in future years.”

Dean of Sheffield University Management School, Professor David Oglethorpe, added: “We knew that Professor Dick was hugely valued by the students that she teaches, as she is amongst her colleagues, and we couldn’t be happier that her inspirational ways have been acknowledged on this public stage.”

Read more about Inspiration & Co on their website (, and keep checking our social media channels for a video of Professor Dick’s inspirational talk.

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Management School PGR students blossom at White Rose Doctoral Conference

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Sheffield University Management School students are off to a very strong start in the first of three White Rose DTC Business and Management Doctoral Conferences, held on 2-3 July at Leeds University Business School.

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Sam Farley receiving his prize

It is the first time that a conference has been organised for all Post Graduate Research (PGR) students across the White Rose institutions of Sheffield, Leeds and York. The event proved to be an excellent opportunity to foster networking and academic discussion for our PGR students and their supervisors who attended, along with similar contingents from the business and management schools of Leeds and York.

Our PGR students in the fields of management and from the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) produced excellent posters and paper presentations, contributed confidently to discussions and won three of four available prizes, presented at the end of the conference.

Congratulations go out to Richard Bruce who scooped the prize for best paper presentation, while Sam Farley and Loice Natukunda were joint runners up for best poster.

Head of the IWP, John Arnold, delivered a fascinating and well-attended key note session on the subject of researchers and career management.

The conference represented the first of its kind under the remit of the ESRC White Rose DTC for Social Sciences, with the objective of enhancing student training and fostering networks across the three prestigious Yorkshire institutions.

The annual conference will take place in York next year, and at Sheffield University Management School in 2015. We look forward to building on the success of the first event.


The White Rose Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council in 2011, is a collaboration across the social science faculties at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing UK, presents the 12th annual Management Lecture

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The 12th annual Management Lecture took place in the Octagon Centre on 21st March and featured Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing UK.

Sir Roger discussed Boeing´s global structure and supply chain management, as well as the company´s latest products, such as the 787 Dreamliner passenger plane.

The Management Lecture is a joint venture between the Management School and Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University. This year, the Management Lecture formed part of the launch of Sheffield’s Global Manufacturing Festival.  The Global Manufacturing Festival is a great forum for businesses operating in high technology, high quality, export-led manufacturing supply chains. Due to their active involvement in supporting new technology and innovations within the supply chain through high level research output, both the Management School and the University are strong supporters of the Global Manufacturing Festival.

Ian Proctor, Head of Business Development and External Relations at the Management School, said: “This was a fascinating insight into high level manufacturing and we were delighted the lecture was so well attended. Both the Management School and the University are very committed to working with businesses, regionally, nationally and internationally and are very actively involved with the local community. The lecture stimulated a great deal of lively discussion and was well received by all who attended.”

Master Cutler Pam Liversidge launched the Global Manufacturing Festival at the event and was joined by Titan the robot who entertained guests with some songs and a dance before they took their seats for the Management Lecture.

Professor Keith Glaister, Dean of the Management School, said: “We were delighted to welcome Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing UK, as our speaker at this year’s Management Lecture.  The combination of Sir Roger’s experience within the diplomatic service coupled with his profile as a leading industrialist with expertise in aerospace made for a fascinating evening.”


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EAWOP Small Group Meeting “Advances in the Psychology of Entrepreneurship”

Monday, January 9th, 2012

IWP at the Management School are delighted to announce the EAWOP Small Group Meeting “Advances in the Psychology of Entrepreneurship” will take place in Sheffield between June 29th and July 1st 2012.

The meeting will take place immediately after the IWP Conference 2012. The aim of this small group meeting is to advance the field of Psychology of Entrepreneurship in Europe and beyond. This will be achieved by bringing together researchers working in the field and stimulating intense discussion, by encouraging participants to make links between each other’s work and by stimulating cross cultural collaboration. The contributions for the meeting will be clustered around four broad topics. Provisionally, these are:

  1. Entrepreneurial Personality: From trait to process and interaction;
  2. Advancing research on entrepreneurial careers;
  3. Entrepreneurial leadership; and
  4. Affect and cognition in entrepreneurship. A cross-cutting theme throughout the meeting will be to draw attention to cultural aspects.

The meeting also entails a number of keynote speakers chosen among top-level researchers in the broader field of the Psychology of Entrepreneurship. Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Frese, National University of Singapore and Leuphana University
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wegge, Dresden University of Technology
  • Prof. Dr. John Arnold, University of Sheffield

How can you take part?
The number of participants is restricted to 25. To participate please submit a paper to the Small Group Meeting organisers (see below) by March 1st 2012. There is no fee for participation. Please see the full call for papers here.

Meeting Organisers

The Small Group Meeting is sponsored by EAWOP – the European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology.