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Publication date: 1 August 2002

Pawan Budhwar, Andy Crane, Annette Davies, Rick Delbridge, Tim Edwards, Mahmoud Ezzamel, Lloyd Harris, Emmanuel Ogbonna and Robyn Thomas

Wonders whether companies actually have employees best interests at heart across physical, mental and spiritual spheres. Posits that most organizations ignore their…

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Wonders whether companies actually have employees best interests at heart across physical, mental and spiritual spheres. Posits that most organizations ignore their workforce – not even, in many cases, describing workers as assets! Describes many studies to back up this claim in theis work based on the 2002 Employment Research Unit Annual Conference, in Cardiff, Wales.

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Management Research News, vol. 25 no. 8/9/10
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0140-9174

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Publication date: 20 March 2007

Tim Edwards

In offering a critical account of knowledge management in a small‐ and medium‐sized enterprise this paper aims to theorise the creation and sharing of knowledge from a…

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Purpose

In offering a critical account of knowledge management in a small‐ and medium‐sized enterprise this paper aims to theorise the creation and sharing of knowledge from a relational perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

Drawing on the findings of an in‐depth longitudinal study of a knowledge transfer partnership (KTP) the paper assesses the role and impact of exogenous change events on the innovation process.

Findings

The case indicates that knowledge management constitutes an ongoing process of social engagement when the unfolding social context presents actors with greater and/or fewer opportunities for critical reflection and strategic choice. Failure to adopt knowledge often relates to the way exogenous change events disrupt how actors connect with their social context and as such are able to manage knowledge and uncertainty.

Research limitations/implications

Based on a single case study this research provides insights that are context specific. In this respect, future work should involve a broader assessment of the changing social context of innovation and knowledge management.

Originality/value

This critical account of knowledge management is in contrast to mainstream and positivist accounts found in the literature.

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International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, vol. 13 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2554

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Publication date: 1 August 1999

Tim Richards

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Journal of Property Investment & Finance, vol. 17 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1463-578X

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Publication date: 7 August 2007

Tim Edwards

In offering a critical account of project‐based innovation projects, this paper aims to assess the creation and sharing of knowledge from a social constructionist perspective.

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Purpose

In offering a critical account of project‐based innovation projects, this paper aims to assess the creation and sharing of knowledge from a social constructionist perspective.

Design/methodology/approach

Using findings from an in‐depth longitudinal study of a UK Government Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme, the paper shows that the ability to adopt knowledge is linked to the efforts of actors to cope with the uncertainties that emerge from crisis events when actors can transform their social context in ways that allow them to overcome the politicisation of tasks. By conceptualising “knowledge” as a social process, this paper proposes that the individual and collective ability to introduce new meaning is not simply related to the propositional aspects of knowledge (through the acquisition of new systems and practices), it also relies on the socially embedded nature of knowledge – the legitimating role of the local context.

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To ascertain a better understanding of knowledge creation and sharing this paper considers the process through which individuals appropriate knowledge where crisis events disrupt and jeopardise the social relations between the members of the innovation project. Here the paper demonstrates how actors renegotiate participation in projects and therefore reconstitute the context through which such activities are organised.

Research limitations/implications

Based on a single case study, this research offers a limited view of context. The study is also based on the appropriation of practices linked to TQM. Future work should look at a range of contexts and technologies to ascertain differentiation in the way the social context mediates knowledge communication.

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This paper offers a critical account of knowledge management and innovation. It stands in contrast to more mainstream positivist accounts.

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European Journal of Innovation Management, vol. 10 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1460-1060

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Publication date: 19 September 2008

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International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior & Research, vol. 14 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2554

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Publication date: 1 March 1994

LETTER FROM AMERICA Valspar Unit to Acquire Cargill The Valspar Corp. has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission that will allow its…

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LETTER FROM AMERICA Valspar Unit to Acquire Cargill The Valspar Corp. has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission that will allow its subsidiary, McWhorter Inc., to acquire Cargill Inc.'s Resin Products Division.

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Pigment & Resin Technology, vol. 23 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0369-9420

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Publication date: 4 December 2020

Heike Bartel

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Men Writing Eating Disorders: Autobiographical Writing and Illness Experience in English and German Narratives
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ISBN: 978-1-83909-920-5

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Publication date: 30 March 2010

R.M. Chandima Ratnayake and Tore Markeset

The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview of technical integrity management (TIM) and propose a methodology for assessing to which extent the…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview of technical integrity management (TIM) and propose a methodology for assessing to which extent the technical integrity (TI) performance is balanced in terms of goal awareness among the personnel responsible for TIM, and the degree to which high level goals are implemented in maintenance strategies.

Design/methodology/approach

The study involved a comprehensive literature survey as well as information and data collected in the Norwegian oil and gas (O&G) industry. Several discussion rounds were carried out with the industrial maintenance management experts to recognize the existing practices and to confirm the suggested model.

Findings

The literature review indicated that there is a need for a methodology for assessing to which extent the technical integrity (TI) performance is balanced in terms of goal awareness among the personnel responsible for TIM, and the degree to which high‐level goals are implemented in maintenance strategies. The suggested model can incorporate industrial data as well as intentions, intuitions and experiences of industrial experts who are making decisions sensitive to TI of a production installation.

Research limitations/implications

The study has been conducted in relation to TIM of production installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). The study is limited to measuring TI performance in relations to experts' awareness.

Practical implications

The study stresses the need for improving synergy between the TI and maintenance management function. It proposes a methodology to measure to which extent organizational priorities are balanced, while addressing financial as well as health, safety and environmental (HSE) interests when selecting a maintenance strategy.

Originality/value

This paper addresses a problem that is not given enough attention in the currently available literature. Available approaches suggest models and frameworks for measuring integrity performance. However, the operationalization of most of the existing models and frameworks, remains vague. Instead a formal mechanism is needed to analyze the gap between the present performance and performance targets.

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Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, vol. 16 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2511

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Publication date: 18 July 2018

Hongxia Li and Xiugang Yang

The argument that work engagement enhances job performance has gained wide acceptance among practitioners and human resources management literature. There is consensus in…

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The argument that work engagement enhances job performance has gained wide acceptance among practitioners and human resources management literature. There is consensus in management literature that job crafting can affect work engagement. The concept of callings from theology has been resurrected in job behavior and continues to garner growing attention from practitioners in recent years. However, few studies examine how and why living a calling influence job crafting and work engagement. The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationships between living a calling, job crafting and work engagement for knowledgeable employees through questionnaires.

Design/methodology/approach

The part-time MBA students were asked to reflect on present jobs. In total, 390 effective questionnaires were collected from part-time MBA students of four universities in Chongqing, China for finance, administration, manufacturing, service, technology, medication, education and others. Results were analyzed using SPSS and Amos. The measurement scale is given in Appendix.

Findings

First, the author explicitly proposes and validates the direct relationship between living a calling and job crafting. Second, this study confirms that crafting challenging job demands are significant to vigor subdimension and dedication subdimension of work engagement, whereas crafting challenging job demands not significant to absorption subdimension of work engagement. Third, this study indicates that crafting hindering job demands are nonsignificant to vigor, dedication and absorption about three subdimensions of work engagement. Fourth, this study showed living a calling can enhance work engagement for employees. Fifth, this study finds three groups (eight items) of mediation effect between living a calling, job crafting and work engagement.

Practical implications

These insights may help managers to focus on living a calling and encourage beneficial job crafting behaviors in China. The sample is original and has the potential to contribute to debate on work life balance and particularly the meaning of work/careers in China.

Social implications

This study is an interesting revisit to the old workplace sociology and organizational psychology which has become somewhat neglected these days.

Originality/value

This study has provided insight in the relationships between living a calling, job crafting and work engagement.

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Journal of Chinese Human Resource Management, vol. 9 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2040-8005

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Publication date: 17 April 2009

C. Edwards

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