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Publication date: 1 January 1980

Angela M. Bowey and Richard Thorpe

What effects did the last Government's wage restraint policy have on wage and salary administration at company and local levels? A research team at Strathclyde Business…

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What effects did the last Government's wage restraint policy have on wage and salary administration at company and local levels? A research team at Strathclyde Business School has been studying newly introduced incentive payment schemes and holding seminars with management and trade union negotiators over the past 12 months. This paper reports some of their findings, and shows how the jobs of wage and salary administrators have been affected by the experiences of the past five years.

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Employee Relations, vol. 2 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0142-5455

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Publication date: 6 May 2014

Richard Thorpe and Richard Rawlinson

The purpose of this paper is to explore how business schools can better engage with business practice, building on literature that highlights their lack of impact and…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore how business schools can better engage with business practice, building on literature that highlights their lack of impact and questions their business-model sustainability. Reporting exemplars of good practice in engagement (in both research and teaching), the paper offers six recommendations for Deans of business schools, government, and businesses.

Design/methodology/approach

The research was undertaken for a report commissioned by the Association of Business Schools for the Minister of State for Universities and Science. Methods included a review of published literature; surveys of practising managers, managers who had changed careers to work in business schools, managers who had taken MBA degrees, doctoral students, deans of business schools, and fellows of learned societies; and interviews with individuals close to government who were themselves preparing reports on shaping government policy for business development and economic growth. Examples of good practice were examined for both content and lessons on how they developed.

Findings

Six recommendations are proposed, on programme design; faculty skills and experience; developing partnerships and relationships; assessing impact; managing and organizing research; and differentiating business-school offerings for enhanced profile and distinctiveness. Two further crosscutting themes relate to the incentives that might be required for change to happen, and the capabilities needed for delivery.

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Originality in the paper stems from its focus on the solutions to the problems identified, as opposed to the restatement of the problems themselves.

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Journal of Management Development, vol. 33 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0262-1711

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Publication date: 1 April 1996

Mark Easterby‐Smith, Richard Thorpe and David Holman

It is now 15 years since the Journal of European Industrial Training published its first monograph on repertory grid technique (Volume 4 Number 2, 1980). Since that time…

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It is now 15 years since the Journal of European Industrial Training published its first monograph on repertory grid technique (Volume 4 Number 2, 1980). Since that time many changes have occurred in both the use and the application of grids. Aims to bring the reader up to date with developments which have taken place in the application and analysis of repertory grid technique. Unlike the initial monograph, places greater emphasis on practicalities of completing a grid and the different types of analysis possible than on the applications of the grid. After encouragement from Roger Bennett, among others, this revised and expanded monograph capitalizes on the collaboration of the original author, Mark Easterby‐Smith, with Richard Thorpe and David Holman. Their combined experience of the theory and use of repertory grid technique updates the original monograph.

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Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 20 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0590

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Publication date: 1 January 1989

Angela Bowey and Richard Thorpe

This article is the second in the series detailing recent andcontinuing research into Payment Systems. The previous article dealtwith some of the main features found to be…

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This article is the second in the series detailing recent and continuing research into Payment Systems. The previous article dealt with some of the main features found to be important in scheme success, whilst this one, “Participation in Payment System Design”, shows how the research results can be translated into practice. The procedure outlined here is one that has been recently applied to a number of organisations with uniform success.

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Employee Relations, vol. 11 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0142-5455

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Publication date: 1 October 2004

Lisa Anderson and Richard Thorpe

This article discusses the role of criticality in action learning and in Master's level management education; examines approaches to developing criticality through social…

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This article discusses the role of criticality in action learning and in Master's level management education; examines approaches to developing criticality through social constructionist approaches to learning and illustrates how a heightened consciousness of language use by managers can be used to develop critical reflection. Examines critical management pedagogy and critical reflection and their relationship to action learning. Discusses the nature of Master's level management education and the role of criticality in the pursuit of “scholarship”. Reviews social constructionist approaches to management learning and examines the use of critical management language in a Master's programme at a UK university. Shows how social constructionist approaches to management development can lead to critical reflection. This was a regional sample, requiring more geographical coverage. Provides information and ideas for management developers using action learning who wish to develop critical thinking. Gives a new and additional perspective on social constructionist approaches to learning.

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Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 28 no. 8/9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0590

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Publication date: 1 May 1983

In the last four years, since Volume I of this Bibliography first appeared, there has been an explosion of literature in all the main functional areas of business. This…

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In the last four years, since Volume I of this Bibliography first appeared, there has been an explosion of literature in all the main functional areas of business. This wealth of material poses problems for the researcher in management studies — and, of course, for the librarian: uncovering what has been written in any one area is not an easy task. This volume aims to help the librarian and the researcher overcome some of the immediate problems of identification of material. It is an annotated bibliography of management, drawing on the wide variety of literature produced by MCB University Press. Over the last four years, MCB University Press has produced an extensive range of books and serial publications covering most of the established and many of the developing areas of management. This volume, in conjunction with Volume I, provides a guide to all the material published so far.

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Management Decision, vol. 21 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 1 April 1988

Richard Thorpe and Angela Bowey

Drawing on research conducted over a number of years in a range of different organisations, how payment systems can be designed and implemented to increase the likelihood…

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Drawing on research conducted over a number of years in a range of different organisations, how payment systems can be designed and implemented to increase the likelihood of success is explained. In addition, it is suggested that a participative approach to change can produce beneficial consequences for companies largely because the process of consultation can itself lead to greater understanding and commitment.

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Employee Relations, vol. 10 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0142-5455

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Publication date: 1 July 2006

Jean Clarke, Richard Thorpe, Lisa Anderson and Jeff Gold

The purpose of this paper is to argue that action learning (AL) may provide a means of successfully developing small to medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs).

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to argue that action learning (AL) may provide a means of successfully developing small to medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs).

Design/methodology/approach

The literature around SME learning suggests a number of processes are important for SME learning which similarity, it is argued, are encompassed in AL. AL may therefore offer a means of developing SME. This argument is then supported through the results of a longitudinal qualitative evaluation study conducted in the north‐west of England, which involved the use of AL in 100 SMEs.

Findings

The paper finds that the discursive and critical reflection aspects of the set environment appeared to be of great utility and importance to the SMEs. Sets also had an optimum level of which helped them find “common ground”. Once common ground was established set members often continued to network and form alliances outside of the set environment. SME owner‐managers could discuss both personal and business. Finally, AL offered the opportunity to take time out of the business and “disengage” with the operational allowing them to become more strategic.

Practical implications

In this paper both the literature review and the results of the evaluation suggest AL may offer a means of engaging SMEs in training, which is relevant and useful to them. AL offers a way for policy makers and support agencies to get involved with SME management development while retaining context and naturalistic conditions.

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This paper attempts to move beyond other articles which assess SME response to government initiatives, through examining the literature around SME learning and constructing a rationale which proposes that AL encompasses many of the learning processes suggested in the literature as effective for SME development.

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Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 30 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0590

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Publication date: 1 February 1990

Richard Thorpe

The present state of management education in the UK is examined,discussing what managers actually do and the skills and competenciesrequired to do it. The idea of Action…

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The present state of management education in the UK is examined, discussing what managers actually do and the skills and competencies required to do it. The idea of Action Learning is also examined and the ways this method can be employed to overcome current difficulties are outlined.

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Journal of European Industrial Training, vol. 14 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-0590

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Publication date: 1 December 1998

Karel Pavlica, David Holman and Richard Thorpe

Kolb’s theory of experiential learning has proven extremely popular and useful in management education. However, despite its usefulness it is not entirely unproblematic…

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Kolb’s theory of experiential learning has proven extremely popular and useful in management education. However, despite its usefulness it is not entirely unproblematic and, using social constructionist perspectives, this paper critiques Kolb’s model of learning and his image of the manager as a “practical scientist”. From this critique, we suggest a more social and conversational view of learning, and present an image of the manager as a “practical author”. We then go on to show how managers as practical authors of learning can use different forms of conversation and activity to promote learning in themselves and others.

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Career Development International, vol. 3 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1362-0436

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