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Stan Abraham

To present the highlights of The Association for Strategic Planning's 2004 conference, “Strategy in a Turbulent World”.

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Purpose

To present the highlights of The Association for Strategic Planning's 2004 conference, “Strategy in a Turbulent World”.

Design/methodology/approach

S&L Contributing Editor Stan Abraham attended the conference and selected the most interesting presentations for his report.

Findings

Highlights include: Dwight Allen, “Globalization at risk,” David La Piana, “Nonprofit organizations,” Peter Bershatsky, “Managing innovation,” and Doug Randall, “Imagine the future.”

Research limitations/implications

These are conference presentations with various research methodologies.

Originality/value

In his presentation, Dwight Allen suggests that great uncertainty exists as to how international or global trade might develop. Faced with such uncertainty, strategists should undertake scenario planning to develop flexible strategies that can be implemented in a variety of futures.

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Strategy & Leadership, vol. 33 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1087-8572

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Punit Renjen and Dwight Allen

The field of M&A management remains a work in progress. The principles and practices for effective integration are only partly codified and imperfectly understood. Even

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The field of M&A management remains a work in progress. The principles and practices for effective integration are only partly codified and imperfectly understood. Even with respect to the techniques that are known, it's possible to lose something in the translation and jeopardize a deal through misapplication.

Design/methodology/approach

Eight examples illustrate how certain formulas for success can be true as far as they go, yet be potentially misleading or even counterproductive.

Findings

Companies integrating organizations after an acquisition should avoid overpromising, define in advance how the NewCo is to look and function once integration is complete, resolve political issues early, adjust the integration master plan as the process goes forward, ensure that every segment of the organization is appropriately engaged in the integration effort throughout, focus on revenue preservation rather than revenue enhancement during the early stages, document the baseline against which synergy achievements will be evaluated, ensure that essential tasks are completed even if that means accepting solutions that are “good enough” rather than perfect, and maintain momentum after Day One.

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The most sophisticated M&A team may be just one deal away from a major misstep. Executives should resist the temptation to assume their organizations possess the whole truth when it comes to M&A management, and approach each deal with the wary conviction that we all have much to learn.

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Journal of Business Strategy, vol. 28 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0275-6668

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Dwight Allen and Michael E. Raynor

Many executives base their strategies on the assumption that globalization is here to stay – they bank on a future of open markets, cross‐border capital flows, and…

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Many executives base their strategies on the assumption that globalization is here to stay – they bank on a future of open markets, cross‐border capital flows, and international cooperation. However, companies should consider the possibility that what lies ahead are conditions reminiscent of the early decades of the 20th century, with business activities constrained by protectionist walls and international conflict – not globalization, but deglobalization. If the future does bring more international discord and disorder, the commercial impacts could be momentous. But nobody can say for sure which vision of the future will materialize. How can a company move forward given this uncertainty? Strategic flexibility is the answer – an approach to planning that involves defining scenarios on how the marketplace might develop and then adopting strategies that fit all scenarios while making limited investments in assets needed only if specific scenarios emerge. The latter are treated as a portfolio of real options – the investments are increased, held, or abandoned depending on how events unfold. Strategic flexibility is thus valuable to executives facing strategic risks due to globalization’s unclear future.

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Journal of Business Strategy, vol. 25 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0275-6668

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David McLelland

David McLelland outlines the way in which micro teaching by CCTV can be of help to the student teacher and his tutor in assessing progress in teaching practice.

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David McLelland outlines the way in which micro teaching by CCTV can be of help to the student teacher and his tutor in assessing progress in teaching practice.

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Education + Training, vol. 13 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0040-0912

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Journal of Business Strategy, vol. 25 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0275-6668

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MARK HANSON

All too often in education the “band wagon” has played an important role in the adoption of innovations. An innovation is often dropped into the schools' environment by…

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All too often in education the “band wagon” has played an important role in the adoption of innovations. An innovation is often dropped into the schools' environment by enthusiastic leaders who have the expectation that anyone can recognize its obvious merits and will adapt his behavior accordingly. Subordinates, however, make their own judgements on how to respond to the innovation and, in varying degrees, elect to accept or subvert its conditions. Within a framework of organizational theory, this study attempts to explain the differing positive/negative responses of distinct groupings of educators toward the adoption of various classifications of innovations. The findings in this study suggest that the educational subsystem or subsystems which, in order to adopt the innovation, are required to make the greatest modifications in their normal procedures of operation will raise the highest level of resistance.

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Journal of Educational Administration, vol. 11 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-8234

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Academic Freedom: Autonomy, Challenges and Conformation
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-83909-883-3

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Barbara F.H. Allen

Service learning has become an important teaching methodology in many American schools, colleges, and universities. Libraries will thus want to add resources to their…

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Purpose

Service learning has become an important teaching methodology in many American schools, colleges, and universities. Libraries will thus want to add resources to their collections in this subject area to support faculty and student research. This article aims to briefly define the concept of service learning and to describe selected resources in the area.

Design/methodology/approach

The annotated bibliography is divided into three sections: organizations and their web sites, Periodicals, and Books.

Findings

Service learning, once an experimental teaching and learning approach, has become well established as a pedagogy. In designing a successful service learning experience, teachers and faculty must identify real community needs, must structure the experience in such a way that students can grow and learn from it and, on completion of the experience, must assess its outcomes.

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This paper synthesizes the literature on service learning and provides a guide for librarians who want to add materials in this area to their collection.

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Collection Building, vol. 24 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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Tony Wall, Dwight E. Giles and Tim Stanton

Service-learning (SL) is an educational movement with roots in academic activism fuelled by commitments to accessibility, social mobility, social justice, community…

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Service-learning (SL) is an educational movement with roots in academic activism fuelled by commitments to accessibility, social mobility, social justice, community engagement, sustainable development and learning. Reviewing the voices of the original US ‘pioneers’ and contemporary practitioners over the last 30 years, this chapter argues that (1) contemporary SL has been ‘mainstreamed’ in various ways and (2) such a re-conceptualisation seems to have re-formatted educational commitments in line with contemporary economic framings and circumstances of higher education (HE). However, it also argues that beyond overt compliance and resistance, it is possible for practitioners and HE more broadly to create responses and spaces where educational adaptation and transformation can emerge. To facilitate such responses, it is important to embrace the strong driving force of passion and emotion, which can drive and sustain change agents in practice. This chapter aspires to revitalise and rejuvenate academic activism as a legitimate catalyst of educational transformation on a global platform.

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Access to Success and Social Mobility through Higher Education: A Curate's Egg?
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-78743-836-1

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Peter L. Cruise

Beginning in the late 1940s, classical Public Administration was challenged by the works of Herbert Simon and the movement he started, logical positivism. Although only…

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Beginning in the late 1940s, classical Public Administration was challenged by the works of Herbert Simon and the movement he started, logical positivism. Although only writing in the field for a few years, Simon shifted the locus and focus of the field so dramatically, for a time it almost disappeared from view. This article examines Simonʼns legacy, first by exploring its philosophical antecedents and its later epistemological progeny. The article concludes with an assessment of how the field of Public Administration responded to Simonʼns challenge in the late twentieth century and now, early in the twenty first century.

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International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, vol. 7 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1093-4537

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