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Prof Latreille amongst high profile speakers at workplace mediation conference

Friday, February 10th, 2017

A packed Civil Mediation Council (CMC) workplace mediation conference held in the Old Library of Lloyd’s of London on 1 February enjoyed an interactive session from Chair in Management at SUMS, Prof Paul Latreille.

His focus on workplace conflict gathered on-the-spot data from the audience via polling technology, revealing that nearly three-quarters (71%) of the senior-level delegates were from the private sector, suggesting a growing interest in mediation there. The demand for practical help was equally clear – 78% had been aware of or experienced workplace conflict over the previous year, and the top three costs of workplace conflict identified by the poll were: the damaging impact on management time; reduced engagement and performance among parties in conflict; and the costs of absenteeism.

Some of Paul’s written reports produced for Acas, including a recent study of a conflict resolution system in an NHS Trust (see below), were also referenced by their chairman Sir Brendan Barber.

The conference brought together practitioners from a range of organisations including speakers from the BBC, Sony, the NHS and Tesco, and explored an array of areas in workplace mediation and conflict. Caroline Sheridan, Chair of the CMC Workplace and Employment Group, said: “Mediation is enjoying considerable momentum as a core business process for employee engagement and conflict resolution. We have focused on the arguments and strategies to fuel the momentum and to develop confidence in anticipating and addressing the most likely challenges.”

Paul continued: “It was a great privilege to address delegates at this event. By incorporating live data, my session benefited from current information and a highly engaged audience – we were able to identify and explore some of the greatest challenges we face in the workplace conflict arena, on the spot.”

Paul has since been invited to speak at a series of similar CMC regional events later in the year, with the provisional schedule including Bristol in June, Birmingham in October and the North East.

Read Paul’s reports on workplace conflict and mediation by clicking on the links below:

Real-world insight: Our students pitch AECOM entrepreneurship expertise

Friday, December 9th, 2016

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Entrepreneurship is about more than individuals starting businesses – in fact increasingly, big businesses are thinking and working more entrepreneurially.

As a part of our MSc Entrepreneurship and Management, students pitched ideas for entrepreneurship inside an organisation to directors at AECOM, a multinational engineering firm.

The module leader, Dr Chay Brooks, emphasised the importance of working with AECOM on the module, explaining: “Visiting AECOM is a great opportunity for our students and is a part of the learning experience, the contribution of AECOM to the module brings the realities of entrepreneurial activity in a corporate setting to life.”

This semester, students have studied the theory and practice of how big businesses are looking to create environments that encourage employees to be more entrepreneurial, while continuing to deliver their core business. Our collaboration with AECOM gives students a unique opportunity to see how an organisation with over 90,000 employees is changing its working practices to become more innovative and entrepreneurial. As a part of the module students have had guest lecturers by AECOM staff that provide real-world insights, and as a part of their final assessment they presented their recommendations for them to become a more entrepreneurial organisation.

Professor Tim Vorley, Director of the Centre for Regional for Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), who developed the relationship with AECOM, said: “Taking our students out of the Management School to present their work in a corporate environment is a fantastic opportunity for them, and it is great to see them rising to the challenge as they pitch their ideas.”

The MSc Entrepreneurship and Management provides students with an understanding of entrepreneurship in different countries and contexts, as well as from start-ups to corporate organisation.

In 2017 Sheffield University Management School is hosting the EFMD Entrepreneurship Education Conference, the theme of which focuses on ‘Entrepreneurship inside Organisations’. This area of entrepreneurship education is of growing in interest to business and management schools, and is one in which Sheffield is a leading by example.

Click here to find out more about the conference.

Eastern influence: Dr Shaban discusses corporate finance for SMEs in Asia

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Reader in Finance at the Management School, Dr Mohamed Shaban, is making an impression in Asian finance networks.

His research into corporate finance, with a particular focus on funding availability for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Asia, has seen him deliver a series of high-level keynotes across the continent.

Following on from a successful conference in Brunei, hosted by the International Finance and Banking Society (IFABS), of which he is vice-president, Mohamed travelled to the island of Lombok, Indonesia, to address the BPK which is the supreme audit board of Indonesia – responsible for auditing state-owned government entities (pictured below, left). The international seminar reviewed the efficiency and financial stability of their local development bank – he spoke on its importance and how it should contribute to local economies by supporting SMEs.

Similar to other emerging economies, the Indonesian economy faces challenges of weak institutions, weak law enforcement, corruption and politically directed lending. The BPK is using Mohamed’s research to conduct an efficiency audit on Indonesian banks.

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In October, Mohamed was invited to Tokyo to deliver a keynote speech at an international conference hosted by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI, pictured above centre), the research arm of the Asian Development Bank. Amongst other research, policy makers and industry experts he discussed the lack of access to lending for micro-SMEs (MSMEs) in Asia – a key area of development as sustainable capacity building becomes core to future prosperity. Mohamed proposed that the ADBI would benefit from creating local units which deal directly with MSMEs; with this, a dialogue between banks and organisations will begin – reducing banks’ perception of entrepreneurs as agents and reluctance to lend, whilst increasing trust, quality and frequency of reporting.

A further suggestion from Mohamed proposes that SMEs employs or train managers, arguing that the entrepreneur lacks managerial experience. Employment of management staff is something he’s seen great success with in industry with organisations seeing a ten-fold growth in profits. This is the focus of Mohamed’s new research project.

Finally, Mohamed gave keynotes to executives from the Chinese banking industry at the 2016 China-UK Financial Talent Education Meeting on Banking (pictured above right). This was organised in October in Guangzhou in collaboration with Guangzhou Tianhe Central Business District Administrative Committee and the UK Department for International Trade. Around 200 senior executives from commercial banks in Guangdong Province attended this meeting. Mohamed’s keynote was on China’s banking sector. He focused on opening new banks to serve SMEs which are significant in Asia, representing up to 99% of business.

Mohamed was also invited to join a high profile panel which was composed of senior executives from Central Bank of China and other major Chinese banks to discuss the global trends in banking and its implications for Chinese financial sector.

By applying his research to these organisations, Mohamed is making a difference to the development of policy and emerging economies across Asia.

Global entrepreneurship education conference comes to the Management School

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

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Sheffield University Management School is hosting the 2017 EFMD Entrepreneurship Education Conference, from 8- 10 March 2017.

As home to the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), a team of researchers focused on enterprise and entrepreneurship, whose expertise feeds into our Masters in Entrepreneurship and Management, the School is committed to advancing knowledge through research insights and communicating its work to policymaking and practitioner communities to promote stronger entrepreneurial environments in the UK and internationally.

Director of CREED, Professor Tim Vorley, is leading the event. He said: “Researchers and practitioners in the field of entrepreneurship continue to push the boundaries about what we understand about entrepreneurs and how they operate. This has important implications for entrepreneurship education, both in terms of what leading businesses and management schools teach and how they teach it.

“Entrepreneurship education is no longer characterised by classes on start-up and business plan assessments. Over the past five years the EFMD Entrepreneurship Education Conference has showcased a range of pedagogic approaches and practices at the frontiers of the field. In 2017 the theme of the EFMD conference focuses on ‘Entrepreneurship inside Organisations’ as an area of entrepreneurship and management education that is growing in interest.”

Working closely with businesses and organisations of all sizes, both on our doorstep and globally, is essential to all aspects of Sheffield University Management School; by doing this our research is informed by practitioners, our students benefit from a comprehensive employability programme, and we know we’re teaching cutting-edge material across all courses.

Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, Dr Robert Wapshott, said: “Students at business schools, from graduates to executives, are increasingly concerned with the question of how to foster entrepreneurship inside organisations, which for academics and entrepreneurship educators leads us to rethink the learning environments we’re developing. Through the conference participants will be encouraged to reflect upon their own professional practice.”

The notion of entrepreneurial practices occurring within organisations is increasingly regarded as a driver of productivity and profitability. During the conference, keynotes, sessions and workshops will explore how companies have come to approach the challenge of becoming more entrepreneurial and what this means for entrepreneurial education and entrepreneurial educators.

Click here to find out more and book your place.

SUMS hosts BAFA corporate governance conference

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Sharif Khalid and Jill Atkins at the Management School are welcoming paper submissions for the BAFA (British Accounting & Finance Association) Special Interest Group on Corporate Governance conference, to be held at Sheffield University Management School on 21 December 2016.

The theme is qualitative research in governance and accountability. The conference will bring together academic researchers from around the world where points of discussion will include: governance mechanisms (such as boards, committees and NEDs); accountability mechanisms (audits, stakeholder engagement, shareholder relations); governance and accountability issues in emerging and developing economies; social and environmental accounting, accountability, auditing and governance; and codes of practice (their effectiveness and development).

Sharif said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming guests to Sheffield, and to discussing such a fascinating, fast-moving subject. There’s a long standing tradition of quantitative research into corporate governance, but recently many researchers in the area have moved towards a qualitative manner of understanding. We want to focus on the rich results and understanding that good quantitative research can lead to.”

An invited guest speaker will be announced in due course; there will also be a research methods session for doctoral researchers, as well as a facilitated doctoral stream.

Sharif and Jill are calling for abstracts to be submitted to j.f.atkins@sheffield.ac.uk by 31 August 2016. Papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of the journal Qualitative Research in Financial Markets. Click here to read more about the conference.

Established finance conference heads to Brunei

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Following a successful series of conferences, the International Finance and Banking Society (IFABS) are gearing up for their next big event.

Mohamed Shaban, reader in finance at Sheffield University Management School and vice president of IFABS, is a member of the Asia 2016 Brunei Conference Executive Committee. He looks forward to the event which is themed around ‘Corporate Finance Decisions in a Changing Global Environment’.

He said: “IFABS’s next event is in Brunei on 16-18 August, hosted by the Universiti Teknologi Brunei and the Central Bank of Brunei, in collaboration with the Universities of Oxford, Nottingham, Sheffield and Hull.

“The conferences are engaging, interactive events and in Brunei we look forward to welcoming four fantastic keynote speakers from academia and private organisations, alongside other presenters with papers and posters to discuss.”

The conference’s prominent keynote speakers include Prof William Megginson from the University of Oklahoma, Professor Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute, Yusof Abdul Rahman, Managing Director of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam, and Ashishkumar Chauhan, CEO of the Bombay Stock Exchange.

A lively social programme runs alongside the conference, also serving as an opportunity to network for impact case collaboration and internationalisation activities. At the last event in June, around 350 delegates attended from over 54 countries, so it a truly international affair.

Click here to find out more about the Brunei conference.

IWP Conference 2016 – submission deadline extended to 7 December 2015

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Attendees now have more time to submit their work to be considered for the Institute of Work Psychology’s International Conference 2016.

The deadline for submission has been extended to Monday 7 December 2015 – and it’s easier than ever to upload your work.

Dr Eva Selenko, Academic Chair of the conference, said: “We’re delighted to keep paper submissions open for the conference in June, which will look at how work and occupational psychology can make a difference, with a particular focus on work, wellbeing and performance. The conference always attracts a lively and varied selection of papers and presentations and we look forward to reviewing them in the new year.”

You can find guidelines, as well as the submission form, here.

The conference has attracted a number of high profile keynote speakers, including Prof Gillian Symon, Prof Rolf Van Dick and Prof Michael Leiter. Find out more here.

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.

We are 40 – our MSc Occupational Psychology celebrates four decades of success

Friday, September 25th, 2015

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The Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), part of the Management School, has plenty of reason to celebrate this academic year.

Ahead of the biennial conference from 21-23 June 2016, the MSc Occupational Psychology programme has celebrated its 40th anniversary. Long-standing staff, and the programme’s new cohort, joined programme founder Professor Peter Warr for a short talk about the history of the MSC Occupational Psychology and IWP in general, followed by celebratory cake.

Prof Warr’s talk covered the history and development of the field of occupational psychology in the UK, and expressed to attendees how fundamental the University of Sheffield’s Social and Applied Psychology Unit (later to become IWP) was in establishing national recognition and generations of researchers – many of whom are still at Sheffield.

In June 2016, the fifth IWP International Conference will take place, focusing on cutting-edge research and theoretical contributions from all areas of work and organisational psychology, with particular focus on the areas of work, wellbeing and performance.

Held primarily at the Management School, the team hopes to see similar success to the 2014 event where we welcomed over 200 delegates from across 36 countries.

Read more about the conference here.

Prof Lee’s paper acknowledged by the Academy of Management

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

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A paper by Professor Bill Lee, Head of the Accounting and Finance division at the Management School, was acknowleged at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Vancouver, Canada.

Co-written with Professor Cathy Cassell of Leeds University Business School, the duo’s paper entitled ‘Understanding translation work in the multi-organizational translation of ideas‘, was placed as runner-up for the Carolyn Dexter Award for Best International Paper.

On the paper, Prof Lee said: “The article is about how an initiative that was first conceived in the UK – that of trade union supported learning representatives – was transferred to New Zealand.  The research involved three periods of fieldwork in New Zealand; one when the idea of learning representatives was being developed for the New Zealand context, another when the idea was being piloted and a third after the full scheme had been operational for a while. We discuss how the scheme evolved and changed as different actors either became involved or dropped out.

“Cathy and I have been working together on different research projects for well over a decade; indeed, the first period of fieldwork in New Zealand on this project took place in February-March 2005 and we had been studying  the corresponding scheme in the UK for a number of years before that.”

There are only two all-academy annual awards, this being one of them. There were 3,646 accepted papers at the conference this year – each of the 24 divisions put forward their best international paper for consideration. Lee and Cassell’s paper was put forward by the Organizational Development and Change Division.