• Learning CSR for sustainable corporate advantage

      Kakabadse, Andrew P.; Kakabadse, Nada K.; Lee-Davies, Linda; Cranfield School of Management; University of Northampton; London Academy Business School (IGI Global, 2016-08)
      Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a strategic and operational reality of the business and academic world. Not that the principles of CSR are always respected or that its practice is consistently applied. Bearing in mind the multi-faceted nature of both CSR and the corporate environment, as well as the paradox of what is taught in Higher Education and what is practised within its own walls, this paper provides a learning cyclical pathway to sustainable CSR implementation and progress review. As well as highlighting the role that Higher Education has to play, the paper emphasises that in order to embed CSR within the corporate environment, questions need to be raised concerning on-going CSR improvement in order to both protect and engage a wide range of stakeholders towards sustainable corporate advantage.
    • Creativity, innovation and human resource development.

      Loewenberger, Pauline Anne (Palgrave MacMillan, 2015)
    • Developing creative leadership in a public sector organisation

      Loewenberger, Pauline Anne; Newton, Mark; Wick, Kylie; University of Bedfordshire; British Transport Police (Emerald, 2014)
      Purpose – This paper aims to demonstrate the effective development of creative and innovative capability in a rigid bureaucratic public sector environment of an area of the British Transport Police, championed by the Area Commander and informed by extant literature. Design/methodology/approach – The focus is on an intervention that addressed two related issues suggested by extant literature, cognitive blocks to creative thinking and organisational barriers. A diagnostic assessment of the climate for creativity prompted reflection leading to simultaneous interventions, combining supervisory and senior management support with a structured process of creative problem solving focusing on problems generated at a strategic level. Findings – This has proved highly effective. At the end of the first year, five six-week cycles had already resulted in more than 600 new ideas, of which 52 were in the pipeline and 13 had already been endorsed. Few required financial investment and have increased effectiveness and optimised use of resources – literally doing more with less. Evidence is emerging of a climate more supportive of creativity and innovation. Practical implications – Positive outcomes have significant implications for the enhancement of creativity and innovation through intrinsic motivation. This example has potential for other public service organisations. Originality/value – Simultaneous interventions across multiple levels are rare. That this has been achieved in a rigid bureaucratic environment public sector organisation adds to the unique value of this contribution.
    • Towards a critical study of standardization: corporate social responsibility, discourse and management practices.

      Bocean, Claudiu George; Delattre, Miguel; Ocler, Rodolphe; Sitnikov, Catalina Soriana; University of Craiova; Université Jean Moulin; University of Bedfordshire (Emerald, 2014)
      Purpose – This paper aims to highlight the links among standardization, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and critical management. It also aims at understanding the implication of the normalization process for CSR but also questions the nature of this concept. Design/methodology/approach – To determine the interest in standardization, we forecasted the trend in issuing ISO certificates based on autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) and Holt statistical models. Then a critical approach is used to understand the nature of CSR. Findings – The paper focuses on a critical approach and challenge the definition of CSR through the lenses of standardization. It shows that the notion of CSR is polysemic and highlights the limits of standardization process. Research limitations/implications – The research is only based on ISO standards, not other kind of standardization process. Social implications – The paper questions the notion of CSR and shows the different elements that this notion covers. Originality/value – The paper questions the role of standardization and its impact on CSR adopting a critical view.
    • Cadre de service public: le leadership, un levier crédible?

      Delattre, Miguel; Ocler, Rodolphe (Canopé, 2014)
    • Constructing a leader's identity through a leadership development programme: an intersectional analysis

      Moorosi, Pontso; University of Warwick (SAGE, 2013-09-24)
      This article explores the notion of leadership identity construction as it happens through a leadership development programme. Influenced by a conception that leadership development is essentially about facilitating an identity transition, it uses an intersectional approach to explore school leaders’ identity construction as it was shaped and influenced by experiences on the leadership development programme. The article draws data from a mixed-methods study that evaluated the impact of the leadership training programme offered to practising school leaders in South Africa. In order to examine the process of leadership identity construction, the article draws from data where identity work was visible. It argues that categories of identity – gender, race and social class – interacted simultaneously with the contexts and backgrounds of participants to shape and influence the outcome of the leadership development programme. This complex intersection enabled unexpected outcomes where women appeared to benefit more from the programme despite their less privileged entry status. The article calls for more work that asks direct questions on leaders’ construction of identity in order to inform leadership development programmes more meaningfully.
    • The role of HRD in stimulating, supporting and sustaining creativity and innovation.

      Loewenberger, Pauline Anne (SAGE, 2013-09-20)
      Abstract Challenging environments call for creativity and innovation, dynamic processes that depend upon the interaction of the individual with the social and organizational environment, placing people issues in the foreground. Extant literature suggests a number of problems. First, the frequent confusion that surrounds what this actually means in practice. Second, regardless of the potential for all creative idea generation is not common for most individuals. Finally, successful exploitation of new ideas must overcome social and organizational barriers in the work environment. All are problems that HRD is well placed to address. Integration with creativity and innovation research is essential for HRD to effectively stimulate capability and commitment across multiple levels of the organizational system. An integrated review of literature sources supports the suggestion that integration remains in its infancy. This article proposes a synthesis of extant literature in the field of creativity and innovation with HRD leading to an exploration of practical implications.
    • Discursive strategies for navigating the terrain between the sacred and the profane

      Schwabenland, Christina (Taylor & Francis, 2013-09-16)
      Tensions between communities of identity that are framed by a hermeneutics of religion are a significant and growing element in contemporary societies, sometimes leading to violent confrontations. Butler [2009. Frames of War: When Life is Grievable. London: Verso] suggests that the discursive frames we use to influence our understanding of the ‘other’ significantly affect whether that other is deemed worthy of protection or is made vulnerable to violence. Therefore, following Butler, this article investigates the discursive strategies manifested by organizational actors in response to these tensions, and how they ‘work’ to construct alternative ways of framing the ‘other’. Six voluntary organizations situated geographically in three different areas of inter-communal violence; India, Israel/Palestine and Ireland were chosen for the study. Four discursive strategies are identified; erasing religion, ethnicizing religion, accommodating religion and finally, that of re-sacralizing the public sphere. Each is analysed in terms of their different possibilities for recognition and rejection.
    • The challenge to Western consultancy by gulf Arab culture

      Read, Ian; Lee-Davies, Linda (Taylor & Francis, 2013-09)
      This article provides an empirical, comparative study of the consultancy skills available from expatriates in relation to those required by the Emirati vision and their current and evolving culture. A rigorous quantitative study of consultancy skills applied to a carefully selected—and as representative as possible—sample of more than 100 senior management consultants from both Emirati and expatriate background demonstrates potential blocks to progress and the need for more specific communication abilities to overcome them. Set in context of real work experience through the analysis of a work diary and in more strategic context by the analysis of a range of consultancy job descriptions, findings are placed alongside current and classic cultural literature.
    • Professionalism and organization: polysemy of concepts and narratives of actors

      Delattre, Miguel; Ocler, Rodolphe (Emerald, 2013-01)
      The notion of professionalism is polysemic in nature. In this paper we aim at analysing the development of this notion and identify its components. The paper examines the process that lead to the development of professionalism based on the interaction between the actors and the organization. These social interactions, grounded in an organizational environment, reveal the tensions that such interactions expose
    • Using poetics in teaching diversity

      Schwabenland, Christina (Intellect, 2013)
    • Managing diverse identities at work

      Johnson, Janice V.; Schwabenland, Christina (Kogan Page, 2013)
    • Individual and organisational leadership: the shared approach

      Lee-Davies, Linda; Kakabadse, Nada K.; University of Bedfordshire; University of Reading (2013)
      Purpose - this paper focuses on reducing the margin for leadership error in meeting strategic aims by forming a more robust approach to developing a broader and more reliable set of leadership skills to provide a greater likelihood of strategic alignment between corporate and individual need, increasing both of their respective shelve lives. Design and Methodology - underpinned by empirical studies as well as conceptual argument, a new and original model of shared leadership is formed from six previous publications by the same authors as well as selected leadership literature reviews resulting in interesting and novel propositions. Findings – the examination presented shows that these skills, therefore, need to be embedded in every day practice and shared at every strategic level in order to provide necessary strength and yet be flexible enough to adapt to survive in differing environments. These push the modern leader into developing softer skills to really get to know themselves and their company in a more holistic manner with the purpose of increasing the long range planning and survival of both. Originality and Value - the resulting original model demonstrates the value of leadership through collaboration which requires a different approach from developing self to acquiring and sharing critical organisational information for more informed decision making through a deliberative inquiry approach, before aligning all effort towards the organisational vision.
    • Creativity, innovation and the management of knowledge

      Loewenberger, Pauline Anne (Kogan Page, 2013)
    • Les conditions de développement du professionnalisme des cadres en hôpitaux psychiatriques

      Delattre, Miguel; Ocler, Rodolphe (Centre national de documentation pédagogique ( CNDP) et l’Ecole supérieure de l’éducation nationale ( ESEN), 2012-08)
      This chapter explores the polysemy of the concept of professionalism and its development across time. Based on a case study, it identifies the impacts of this evolution in the health care industry in France. Focusing on non medical staff, this research aims at describing the specificities linked to the implementation of professionalism in a unique sector using three major notions: profession, common values and added values. Determining driving and restraining forces in an evolving sector, it highlights the complexity of the concept of professionalism.
    • The artistry of practice or the practice of artistry: embodying art and practice in a business school context

      Minocha, Sonal; Reynolds, Martin (Sage Journals, 2012-08)
      This article is an autoethnographic perspective on innovative management practice in the U.K. business school context. Business schools, in general, have long been criticized for their “formulaic” and “irrelevant” approach to management education. The authors take the position that the alternative model of management education that addresses the criticisms of business schools is the practice-based model, most well articulated by Mintzberg. This practice-based view formed the basis of a new vision for their case study organization (a leading U.K. business school) that they set out to embed in the organization and its space through the use of wall art. Recognizing the role played by art, design, and creativity in management, the authors reflect on their use of wall art as part of an approach to embedding a new business school vision, offering the lessons that can be drawn for further application of this practice within other business school contexts.
    • Metaphor and dialectic in managing diversity

      Schwabenland, Christina (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012-06)
      The diversity of the workforce and the implications for management continue to be the focus of a great deal of interest. This is partly because of the importance and urgency of the issues that diversity entails and also because of a growing recognition that many of the dilemmas of diversity management are not proving amenable to easy solutions. Indeed, recent research demonstrates that Britain and the US are, in many ways, becoming more, rather than less unequal societies. This book suggests that metaphor and dialectic play a powerful role in shaping our understandings of ourselves and each other. It draws on original research in organizations and in management education to explore how we can become more aware of these processes within ourselves and challenge those assumptions and stereotypes that contribute to maintaining people in disadvantaged positions.
    • Swacch Narayani, the goddess of good governance: the creation of a goddess as an organisational intervention

      Schwabenland, Christina (Copenhagen Business School Press, 2012)
      This paper describes a case study into an NGO (non-governmental organisation) in India which has invented a goddess in order to effect transformations in many dimensions including personal, political, societal and symbolic. Based on primary evidence gained through participation and interviews, and secondary evidence from articles written by the organisation’s founder, the paper describes the background to the goddess’s creation and the desired transformations and explores some of the ways in which the goddess, through the ambiguity of her symbolism, creates a space for resistance
    • Situated learning theory and agentic orientation: A relational sociology approach

      Kakavelakis, Konstantinos; Edwards, Tim (Sage Journals, 2011-12-27)
      The orthodox literature on situated learning has favoured a conception of agency which is linked to habitual action and as a consequence it emphasizes learning as routinized enactment based on social cohesion. To highlight the contested nature of situated learning we draw on the case study of situated learning during organizational change and we employ a relational sociology perspective. The latter views agency as a process encompassing iterative, projective and practical evaluative dimensions which unfold in relation to the temporal and structural contexts within which situated learning is embedded. The evidence illustrates situated learning as an emergent process shaped by the diverse modes in which actors—operating in a context imbued with ambiguity—connected with a seemingly shared set of principles informing their practice.