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If most Leadership Development programmes fail, why bother?

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November 8th, 2013

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A recent post by Ray Williams on Psychology Today made a cogent, and provocative, argument as to Why Leadership Development Fails to Produce Good Leaders, suggesting that the focus of development programmes is wrong. Williams offers substantial evidence and data, citing: Failure rates of Chief Executives in the past 20 years (30% of Fortune 500 […]

Universities in a changing world 4: Building the Organisation

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October 21st, 2013

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Universities are complex systems, whose sense of being an entity or organisation is often heterogeneous. At one level, they often share common procedures and systems for recruiting and enrolling students. Support services also have a degree of homogeneity, though even this breaks down if there are multiple sites. Faculties or schools may use common practices […]

Universities in a changing World 3: The democratisation of learning

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October 15th, 2013

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What’s so great about going to university? Perhaps never before has this question been asked as much as it is today. Driven by world events – mostly economic – people in Britain and elsewhere are questioning the value of a university education. Nowhere is this more so than in the criticism of the more esoteric […]

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 […]