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An international experience – WOERRC introduces students to global leadership in Geneva

Friday, March 27th, 2015

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This week’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) governing body meeting in Geneva had comprehensive representation from Sheffield University Management School’s staff and students.

Working with Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences (GLOSS), Professor Jason Heyes and Dr Thomas Hastings from the Work, Organisation and Employment Relations Research Centre (WOERRC) at the Management School have taken a group of Management and Politics students to the event.

Prof Heyes explained: “The ILO is a United Nations organisation that is responsible for developing and promoting international labour standards and helping its 185 member countries to promote decent work. It is governed on a tripartite basis by governments, employer bodies and trade unions from its member countries. Its governing body meeting develops policy recommendations that are then discussed and ratified at the International Labour Conference.

“As Director of WOERRC, I have a longstanding relationship with the ILO. The students have listened to debates regarding the global challenges facing the ILO, freedom of association, legal issues and international development. Thanks to my connection with the ILO, and the efforts of Sian Parkinson from GLOSS, they have met with ILO officials to discuss social dialogue, migration and employment and have also met an ILO intern – Aaron Booth – who is a former MSc Human Resource Management student from the Management School, recommended to the ILO by myself.

“The students will write a number of policy briefs on issues discussed during the trip. These will be disseminated via WOERRC and GLOSS and will also be highlighted at an event in Westminster on 15 June, which will be attended by PVC of the Faculty of Social Sciences Professor Gill Valentine and to which officials from the ILO and relevant UK organisations will be invited.”

The opportunity to attend this year’s governing body meeting was advertised to final-year BA Business Management and International Business Management students, as well as those on the MSc Human Resource Management and MSc International Business programmes. Prof Heyes and his team selected BA Business Management & Economics student Dean Broomhead as an attendee on the basis of a strong application which highlighted his interest in the ILO and his knowledge of its remit and activities.

We asked Dean what encouraged him to apply for the trip: “Primarily, my motivation behind applying was the fact that this was an incredible, unique opportunity. To have such an experience I believed would not only enhance my wider knowledge but also increase my employability.

“There hasn’t been a single ‘typical’ day at the event. We’ve had the flexibility to tailor our time to areas that we found interesting. Over the course of the trip, I’ve sat in on governing body meetings discussing a vast array of issues and had the opportunity to speak to ILO employees on their fields of expertise. We’ve also visited several other United Nations buildings. Two particular stand-out moments would be visiting ‘the palace of nations’ (the UN headquarters) as it was great to see the history and importance of such a place, and secondly sitting in on the governing body meetings of the ILO, with regards to accusations and breaking of conventions. I was able to see true diplomacy in action on several controversial and topical issues.

“I can certainly relate much of what I’ve learnt back to my degree. Whilst the wider awareness and experience is obviously fantastic, I now have a greater understanding of many topics that I can specifically convey in to my work at University. With relation to career prospects, I am certain this will help me. Not only have I had the chance to grow my network, but also the opportunity to develop many transferable skills.”

Dean found out about the opportunity through his Industrial Relations module, but there was plenty of email correspondence and promotion around the School – he encourages his peers to pay attention to such opportunities: “Whilst sometimes they can be on barely noticeable emails, there are opportunities do things like this through the Management School and I haven’t regretted any moment here. I’m a firm believer in saying yes to any opportunities like this. I doubt many students in the UK or even globally have had the chance to work in agencies of the United Nations and brush shoulders with diplomats and specialists alike.”

The ILO is an international organisation and this has been a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about the work, employment and employment relations challenges facing different countries around the world and to gain a better understanding of how policies are developed and implemented. Keep an eye out for similar opportunities through GLOSS and WOERRC.

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/gloss

http://www.woerrc.group.shef.ac.uk/

Employees behaving badly – IWP leads the charge

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

On Tuesday 25 November Dr Christine A. Sprigg gave a talk to the Humber Branch of CIPD on ‘Employees Behaving Badly: Is it too costly to ignore?’.

Approximately 50 members of this local branch CIPD battled the fog to attend the talk on Christine’s own previous research on bullying and cyberbullying (the latter with Sam Farley et al), and updated them on recent academic research on why bullying occurs at work and what are the consequences of it for employees and organisations.

Christine was then joined by Lee Whiting, Partner at Bridge McFarland Solicitors, who gave a linked talk on the legal aspects surrounding bullying and harassment at work.

Christine commented: “This was a wonderful opportunity to talk directly to HR professionals from a diverse range of public and private sector organisations about both my own research, and recently published research from others. I enjoy getting out and about, and hearing about the difficult real-world bullying and harassment scenarios that employers and employees have to commonly deal with.”

Teaching champions recognised internationally

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Andrea Ward, Director of Teaching Quality and Enhancement (Postgraduate) at Sheffield University Management School, has been awarded a prestigious US fellowship.

The Jane N Ryland Fellowship is offered by EDUCAUSE, an American organisation which helps those who lead, manage, and use information technology to shape strategic IT decisions at every level within higher education.

The grant Andrea receives through receiving the fellowship allows her to attend the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting in February. Held in Anaheim, California, this event will enhance work that Andrea is doing on introducing technology-based learning and teaching in the Management School.

Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, Professor Paul Latreille, said: “This is an exceptional professional development opportunity for Andrea, and I’m delighted that one of our key learning and teaching staff has been acknowledged with this honour.

“The Jane N Ryland Fellowship is highly competitive, and Andrea becomes one of a very small number of non-US recipients, and to my knowledge only the third from the UK. She has been recognised as a trailblazer in our sector, with the EDUCAUSE Fellowship Advisory Committee giving special mention to the well-focused, practical commitment reflected in Andrea’s application.”

Another ambassador for learning and teaching at the Management School, teaching champion for the Accounting and Financial Management Division, Jonathan Jeffery, has also been recognised in the form of an entry in a forthcoming Higher Education Academy (HEA) compendium.

Jonathan’s contribution showcases an excellent and innovative pedagogical approach in relation to independent learning, centred around an innovative tutorial format involving a mixture of whole group and tailored individual activities contributing to the creation of an overall understanding. Among its novel features the module includes formative in-class support, the use of Google Drive, Google Hangouts and Skype, and of peer review software.

Head of the Accounting and Financial Management Division, Professor Bill Lee, said: “The division, and wider Management School community, passes on its congratulations to Jonathan. His inclusion in this compendium demonstrates the importance of the high quality learning and teaching offered at Sheffield alongside our world-class research.”

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

International links for LSCM’s Dr Genovese

Monday, June 30th, 2014

ISOLDE (International Symposium On Locational DEcisions) is a prestigious triennial conference which gathers researchers and practitioners from all over the world, aiming at integrating different approaches to deal with locational decisions.

This year’s ISOLDE was organised by Sheffield University Management School academic Dr Andrea Genovese, along with the conference chair Professor Giuseppe Bruno (from University of Naples “Federico II”, Italy), Dr Carmela Piccolo (from the same institution) and Dr Maria Barbati (from University of Portsmouth), pictured below.

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2014’s ISOLDE was held in Italy and, sticking with tradition, the scientific programme took place across two different locations. This year, it was the turn of Naples and of the island of Capri.

More than 100 experts from operational research, mathematics, management science, geography, economics and engineering disciplines, among others, have presented their more recent advances in modelling, theory and applications, with contributions dealing with logistics, manufacturing, transportation and telecommunication industries.  Several special issues will be linked to the conference.
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Workshops for business – develop skills at the IWP International Conference 2014

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The biennial Institute of Work Psychology International Conference will be taking place from 24-26 June, but the day for businesses to look out for is Tuesday 24th.

Expert academic and practitioner speakers at the Institute are offering a series of workshops designed for individual, team or organisational development. They will be held at Sheffield University Management School, on Conduit Road.

All workshops prices include materials, refreshments, lunch, and the evening event. Our evening event includes our business keynote speech, and networking drinks and dinner.

Should you wish to discuss these workshops in any more detail or design a package that will suit your organisation, please contact Dr Angela Carter (a.carter@sheffield.ac.uk, 0114 222 3250). If you wish to register several delegates for a particular workshop, we are happy to undertake a needs analysis to enable the content to be tailored to specific requirements. Read more online: http://iwpconference.group.shef.ac.uk/business-workshops/

 

CLEAR IDEAS: How to be practically creative at work (10am-4:30pm, £99pp)
By Dr Kamal Birdi

Participants will learn how to:

• Analyse opportunities for innovation

• Use different creative thinking techniques to help produce more original ideas

• Generate methods for evaluating the quality of new ideas

• Identify barriers to innovation-led change and develop strategies for getting ideas for new products, services or processes put into practice

Organisations need to continually innovate in order to survive and thrive in a global marketplace. But how do you keep coming up with truly original new ideas? What levers can you use to make sure your new products or processes are successfully realised?

Our workshop draws together extensive research and practical experience to provide participants with a systematic process (CLEAR IDEAS©) for effectively generating and implementing new ideas at work. Hundreds of participants from private, public and third sector organisations (e.g., Tetra Pak, BOC, the BBC, NHS, Scottish Government and SCOPE) have already taken part in our workshops and our evaluation shows that using the CLEAR IDEAS approach can really help maximize organizational outcomes and enhance value for money.

Find out more and register online on the website: http://iwpconference.group.shef.ac.uk/business-workshops/

 

Maximising leadership performance in different situations (11am-12:30pm or 2pm-3:30pm, £49)
Dr Angela Carter, Andrew Smith and Bob Wheeler

Participants will learn how to:

• Explore various leadership styles

• Adapt various leadership styles to situations

• Evaluate various leadership styles

• Reflect, model and develop own leadership styles

This workshop will focus on the ability to adapt leadership styles and behaviours to maximise effectiveness in a variety of situations (strategy development, performance management, and developing people). Through the lens of adaptability; models of Engaging Leadership (Alimo-Metcalfe, Alban-Metcalfe, Bradley, Mariathasan, & Samele, 2008) and Situational Leadership (Hersey & Blanchard, 1977) along with the Leadership Judgement Indicator (LJI, Lock & Wheeler, 2005) will be described, modelled and practiced to facilitate participants’ development.

Find out more and register online on the website: http://iwpconference.group.shef.ac.uk/business-workshops/

 

To ask or not to ask? Why successful organisations ask more questions (10am-12:30pm or 2pm-4:30pm, £49)
Sarah Brooks & Andreana M Drencheva

Participants will gain an understanding of:

• The benefits of seeking internal and external feedback

• The usefulness of informal communication for achieving organisation goals

• The role of a feedback seeking strategy

• Tools and techniques to gather optimal feedback

It is the ability and willingness of individuals to ask questions that makes both start-ups and established organisations successful. From overcoming organisational silence to improving performance and catalysing innovation, asking questions and seeking feedback are valuable personal and organisational resources.

Combining new tools with academic research, theory and case studies, this workshop will help you to identify what you should be asking, when and of whom to achieve organisational goals. Are you ready to ask more questions?

 

Combination package: ’To ask or not to ask’ and ‘maximising leadership performance’ workshops (£75)

Find out more and register online on the website: http://iwpconference.group.shef.ac.uk/business-workshops/

 

 

SUMS welcomes international academics to global financial crisis symposium

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

“Using Paradigms to Explore the 2008-2014 Global Financial Crisis“
14- 15 May 2014, Sheffield University Management School

Key figures: Rose Shepherd (Sheffield University Management School), Dr Craig Shepherd (Nottingham University Business School), Professor Gibson Burrell (School of Management, The University of Leicester), Professor Gareth Morgan (Schulich School of Business, York University)

This two-day symposium will bring together a select group of leading researchers from different business and management paradigms to discuss the global financial crisis. Participants will be engaging in constructive dialogue and debate on the important issues and questions to be addressed in relation to the financial crisis and the research approaches and methods they advocate moving forward.

The symposium is funded by Sheffield University Management School, Nottingham University Business School, the School of Management at the University of Leicester and Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society. Dr Craig Shepherd, Nottingham University Business School, commented on the significance of this unique event: “The symposium is the first step in what we believe will be an important programme of research and we are delighted to have such an outstanding group of researchers joining us in Sheffield. The results will be shared with various communities including academic researchers, students and practitioners. We anticipate this will stimulate further discussion on the questions that should be addressed regarding the financial crisis and associated research and methodological issues.“

Other notable academic attendees include Prof Marta Calas (Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts), Prof Stan Deetz (University of Colorado at Boulder), Prof John Hassard (Manchester Business School, University of Manchester), Prof Yuval Millo (School of Management, University of Leicester), Prof Martin Parker (School of Management, University of Leicester), Prof Mike Reed (Cardiff Business School, University of Cardiff), Prof Linda Smircich (Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts), Prof Robyn Thomas (Cardiff Business School, University of Cardiff) and Prof Hugh Willmott (Cardiff Business School, University of Cardiff).

For more information, please contact Dr Craig Shepherd: craig.shepherd@nottingham.ac.uk

Esteemed speaker Prof Rolf Van Dick visits SUMS

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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Learning more about the “I and We” in Stress

On Wednesday 19 February Rolf Van Dick, Professor of Social Psychology at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, visited the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) at Sheffield University Management School to give a talk about social identity and stress.

Drawing from years of research and hundreds of studies, he concluded that what we perceive as stressful is clearly related to the standards of the group we are part of. His talk attracted a great deal of interest and a lively discussion from a crowd of researchers – staff and students alike. IWP is looking forward to future collaborations with Professor Van Dick’s team.

He spoke as part of the School’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

 

IWP conference: Early bird registration open now!

From 24-26 June, the biannual IWP International Conference will take place at Sheffield University Management School and Sheffield Town Hall.

The academic conference draws world-wide interest and is preceded by a number of workshops specifically tailored for practitioners and businesses. Limited places are available – early bird registration open now! For more information see http://iwpconference.group.shef.ac.uk/registration/

 

IWP open day 2014

We welcomed a group of keen students to the school to discover more about taking our MSc in Occupational Psychology or Work Psychology.

A wonderful group of staff, including programme director Dr Carolyn Axtell, made them feel very welcome and a good (as well as informative!) time was had by all. To find our more about the programmes, visit:

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/study/msc/courses/msc_occupational_psychology/index

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/management/study/msc/courses/msc_work_psychology/index

Call for Papers: Doctoral Student Conference on ‘Sustainable Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management’

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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Leaders of the conference, Dr Andrea Genovese and Dr Niraj Kumar (pictured left), aim to bring together young researchers (mainly doctoral students and early career researchers) to present their research works in a constructive environment and to facilitate and exchange research ideas, and receive constructive feedback on their work. The conference provides the ideal opportunity to network with your peers from other management and business schools in UK. The conference is sponsored by the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies (SAMS), and no fee will be charged for registration and attendance.The theme is ‘Sustainable Operations, Logistics and Supply Chain Management’, reflecting the key challenges for future in manufacturing and service sector. Papers on all topics related to the theme are invited, however preference will be given to the following topics:

  • Resource-efficient production
  • Sustainable design of production networks
  • Green and lean production and supply chains
  • Business models for sustainable operations
  • Information systems for sustainable supply chain
  • Supply chain environmental impacts measurement
  • Performance measures, metrics, and impact of sustainable businesses
  • Design of resource-efficient logistics networks
  • Socially responsible logistics and supply chains
  • Reverse logistics
  • Reference models for green production and supply chains
  • Sustainability issues in manufacturing and services sector
  • Strategies and decision making for resource efficient production and supply chains

The conference is intended as a forum for presenting innovative and transformational ideas in the field; submissions addressing contemporary and future practical challenges in the transition towards sustainable and resource-efficient operations are strongly encouraged.

Presenting at the conference is not mandatory, however it is highly encouraged, especially for students who may have little previous experience or who wish to present in a relaxed environment among peers.

Important Dates

Registration opening: 1 February 2014
Submission of extended abstract deadline: 28 February 2014
Notification of Acceptance: 14 March 2014
Submission of Full paper: 1 May 2014
Registration deadline: 10 May 2014
Conference: 5 June 2014

Instruction for contributors

  • An extended abstract (maximum 1,000 words) should be submitted by email to the organising team (contact details below) before the deadline – 28 February 2014
  • Abstracts will undergo blind review process and author(s) will be informed about the decision
  • Author(s) of the accepted abstract will be invited to submit the full paper (no more than ten pages) on their work. Full papers are accepted on the assumption that they are the original work of the authors, and previously not published
  •  Author(s) of the accepted papers (at least one person) must register, attend the conference and present the paper. For registering, authors can send an email with their details (Name, Affiliation and email address) to the organising team (contact details below)
  • The ‘Best Paper’ awards will be announced at the end of the conference

Organising team:

Dr Andrea Genovese, Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Phone: +44 (0) 114 222 3347
E-mail: a.genovese@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Niraj Kumar, Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management
Phone: +44 (0) 114 222 3360
E-mail: n.kumar@sheffield.ac.uk

Logistics and Supply Chain Management Research (LSCM) Centre
Sheffield University Management School, The University of Sheffield, Conduit Road, Sheffield S10 1FL, UK

 

App-y days for PhD student

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Chats by the printer, volunteering, networking or taking on extra roles in the office – if these informal work learning situations aren’t recognised as staff development, employers could be missing out.

Stephen McGlynn is a doctoral researcher in the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP) at Sheffield University Management School, and his innovative project, called ‘Keeping Track of your Development’, has led to a significant international prize-win and the opportunity to develop his idea.

Stephen (centre) with Dr Achim Preuß, CEO, and Babette Auhagen, Marketing Manager of cut-e Credit: Beatrix Polgar-Stüwe/cut-e

Stephen (centre) with Dr Achim Preuß, CEO, and Babette Auhagen, Marketing Manager of cut-e
Credit: Beatrix Polgar-Stüwe/cut-e

Using a smart-device app as its platform, Stephen submitted his idea to the cut-e Theta Innovation Prize – run by global online assessment operators cut-e to recognise outstanding innovation contributing to a better fit between people and jobs at any point in the employee lifecycle. An independent jury, comprising renowned researchers and HR professionals from large companies, reviewed the international entries and were impressed by the high level and diversity of the projects submitted – finally deciding that Stephen should be awarded the prize of a trip to their annual conference, the opportunity to present his idea and £5,000.Stephen said of the win: “I visited Hamburg to attend the annual cut-e HR conference, and was able to present my idea to the 150-or-so delegates. I’m overwhelmed by the response to an idea I considered so simple!

“In short, the app records informal personal training developments that contribute to occupational competence. Users can analyse and document their professional development skills which is not only beneficial for the individual, but also for staff development, research and producing reliable data on the sustainability of a learning or development process.

“The idea sparked immense interest from the audience, whose questions ranged from ‘where can I buy it?’ to ‘can we collaborate?’. It was an amazing experience.”

Since returning from Hamburg, Stephen has been inundated with emails and Skype calls from global parties interested in collaborating, investing and being involved in the development of the app. With this in mind, he has a plan for going forward and hopes to use the funds from his prize-win to do so: “I am planning to make it – the interest I’ve had is phenomenal. A representative from a multinational retailer has been in touch, offering members of their team to join the focus groups and see what they can do with it.

“I’ve got a lot people to stay in contact with, so will get a group together – inviting people from across academia and professional sectors (practitioners) to get ideas together and produce a prototype. That’s what I’d like to do next, and see where we go from there.”

Speakers at the conference included HR representatives from companies such as easyJet, Tesco, O2 Telefonica and the Bank of Ireland. Ova Schulze, head of leadership assessments at Ericsson, said of Stephen’s idea: “There is still a need for straightforward tools to aid employees in driving their development. It’s good to see this combined with opportunities to research and document.”

Professor David Towner, head of global assessment at BP International, continued: “Within organisations we know that a lot of learning takes place outside of formal settings, but have no way of collecting the data of what has been learned and verifying this. The development of Stephen’s app will go some way to rectify this gap.”

Stephen, who has experience of building apps, believes that the prize win has been a success on a number of levels. Individuals he’s in touch with from the conference are also interested in his PhD research, and that of his colleagues at the IWP, Sheffield University Management School.

With an engaged audience ready and waiting for Stephen’s idea to come to fruition, we can’t wait to see what happens next.

 

Read about Stephen McGlynn’s idea in full at www.theta-award.com/theta-the-cut-e-innovation-award/shortlist/track-your-development-app and watch his pre-win video interviews here: www.theta-award.com/theta-the-cut-e-innovation-award/finalists.

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