Archive for the ‘Organisational Development’ category

Universities in a Changing World 2: Why see Universities as complex systems?

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September 23rd, 2013

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What is a university? Is it an organisation? If so, what form does it take? It is certainly complicated and multi-faceted: Local employer Career developer Provider of education Repository of intellectual capital Social centre and community Symbol of civic pride Research institute and source of challenge and new thinking Political body (internally and externally) Major […]

Universities in a changing World 1: The Tectonic Shift

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September 17th, 2013

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In the first of a series of blogs which explores the issues faced by the Higher Education sector, David Cleeton-Watkins highlights the shift in purpose required within this vital sector. The world’s largest university has almost 3.5 million students. All 10 of the largest in terms of students are in Asia – if you include […]

Strategic HR and OD – the difference and the overlap. What planet are we on?

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April 29th, 2013

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At HRD 2013, we recently presented the following session on the difference and overlap between Strategic HR and OD. The debate about HR and OD is on some levels interesting, and on other levels runs the risk of being conceptual and of little practical use. Our aim with the session was to do the following: […]

Taming Wicked Issues with Glenda H Eoyang and Human Systems Dynamics

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October 23rd, 2012

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The Human Systems Dynamics Institute specialize in wicked issues—the wickeder the better and they will join with Roffey Park in December to host a training program to help you tame your own wicked issues. How many of your issues are wicked?  A wicked issue: Keeps coming back, even after you think you have solved it. […]

What can we learn about organisational development from Danny Boyle?

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August 2nd, 2012

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“The isle is full of noises ,sounds and sweet airs that give delight and harm not” the words of Caliban, spoken by Isambard Kingdom Brunel aka Kenneth Branagh whose vigorous voice gave life to Shakespeare’s  words in the opening of Danny Boyle’s Olympic Ceremony. For the next three hours the isle was indeed full of […]