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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!”

Read more about the event here: http://www.iwpconference.org/about-the-conference/

View more photographs from the event here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjZjaBHS

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

Friday, March 21st, 2014
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Penny preparing for her Inspiration & Co talk

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 (http://inspirationand.co.uk), 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.

Sam Farley receiving his prize

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.”

 

Further information about this story:

Global Manufacturing Festival: www.globalmanufacturingfestival.com/

Management Lecture series: www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/sml

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.

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

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

We are delighted to announce that immediately after the IWP Conference 2012 the EAWOP Small Group Meeting “Advances in the Psychology of Entrepreneurship” will take place in Sheffield (June 29 – July 1st, 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 international keynote speakers include
Professor Per Davidsson, QUT Business School, Australia
Professor Michael Frese, National University of Singapore and Leuphana University Germany
Professor Lorraine Uhlaner, EDHEC Business School, France
Professor Juergen Wegge, Dresden University of Technology, Germany
Confirmed UK keynote speakers include
Professor John Arnold, University of Sheffield, UK

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 15, 2012. There will be no fees for participation. Please see the full call for papers here.

Meeting Organisers
Dr. Marjan Gorgievski, Erasmus Univeristy Rotterdam, Netherlands gorgievski@fsw.eur.nl
Dr Ute Stephan, University of Sheffield, UK u.stephan@sheffield.ac.uk

The Small Group Meeting is sponsored by EAWOP – the European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology, the Erasmus University Rotterdam and the University of Sheffield.

More information at the IWP Conference Website

Dr Kamal Birdi announced as Keynote at DOP 2012 Conference

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Dr Kamal Birdi has been invited to give the Keynote Address on Innovation and Creativity at the Division of Occupational Pyschology (DOP) 2012 Conference of the British Psychological Society.

He will be speaking on the topic of ‘Turning ideas into innovations? A review of creativity training in organisations’.

The increasingly dynamic and competitive conditions of the 21st Century are raising the need for organizations to innovate more frequently and more effectively.  However, there has been relatively little evaluation of the effectiveness of creativity training interventions.  Dr Birdi will review perspectives from innovation research, and identify factors influencing creativity training effectiveness in the workplace.  Three important lessons will be discussed:

  1. That the knowledge and skills required for idea generation are different for those needed for implementation of those ideas in organisations.
  2. That development of creative motivation and self-efficacy are as important as the development of creative thinking skills for the long-term success of such initiatives.
  3. That the work environment can play a significant role in influencing the transfer of creativity training back to the workplace.

The presentation will also report on a new model of innovation training called Clear Idea, which develops the skills needed for both generating creative solutions and facilitating their successful implementation.

Dr Kamal Birdi has been engaging in research and practice in the areas of organisational innovation, learning and performance for nearly twenty years at the Institute of Work Psychology. He developed a training evaluation framework called the Taxonomy of Training and Development Outcomes (TOTADO) aimed at improving evaluation practice and has now produced a practical training system (CLEAR IDEA) designed to enhance the innovativeness of employees. In 2010, he was given the DOP Academic Contribution to Practice Award in light of his efforts to apply research to enhancing organisational processes.

For further information about the on the conference see: http://www.bps.org.uk/dop2012