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

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Seating Delegates

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.

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