13 April 2016 - Research Culture Session
Caroline Rook (HROB) presented for discussion a draft of her paper: Lay Representations of Workplace Well-being: Exploring Components through a Work Context Approach
Abstract: Individuals’ understanding of their well-being experience at work is likely to impact on their experience and actions in relation to maintaining and enhancing well-being, that is, how they rate their well-being in surveys, how they respond to well-being interventions, and how they manage their well-being themselves. Therefore, this study explores lay description of workplace well-being and extends previous research on lay understanding of workplace well-being by using an inductive framework of a occupationally heterogeneous sample. Different groups of employees in different work settings were given qualitative surveys and took part in interviews in order to establish components of workplace well-being. Furthermore, this study explores whether the work context would influence well-being experiences of respondents and therefore their conceptualisations/understanding. Dominant components were established through the use of thematic content analysis. Similarities and differences were found between lay and theoretical conceptualisation of workplace well-being. Results indicate that lay descriptions of workplace well-being are multi-facetted and context-depended. The importance of considering lay understandings of well-being in and the use of a context-specific approach for well-being interventions is discussed in order to improve future research and practice on enhancing employee well-being in the workplace.
16 March 2016 - Research Culture Session
Lewis Walsh (IIMP) gave a presentation of his PhD Thesis research: The Regulators’ Perspective of Engagements with Small Firms – The Case of London 2012
Abstract: This thesis contributes to the contemporary debates concerning the impact of regulators’ engagements with small firms. Building on the work of previous studies, this research explores the regulators’ perspective of the regulator - small firm relationship, set within the case of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Prior studies focus almost exclusively on the small firms’ perspective of the small firm – regulator relationship, leading many to treat regulation as a static and negative ’burden’ on business. This study adopts a more nuanced approach, one informed by critical realism that seeks to explore the interactions (relations, autonomy, and control) between Olympic and non-Olympic stakeholders as new Olympic regulations were introduced, and to understand how these interactions affected regulators’ engagement with local small firms. The data for this study was drawn from qualitative semi-structured interviews with 20 respondents. Ten of those respondents occupied policy and enforcement positions at the London 2012 Games (e.g., the Olympic Delivery Authority), while a further ten operated in non-Olympic regulatory contexts (e.g., Trading Standards); thus, giving a perspective from regulators of Olympic and non-Olympic ‘everyday’ regulation.
My initial observations and findings from data analysis point to three significant contributions to knowledge. First, the research will contribute to investigating the phenomenon of regulation from the regulators’ perspective of the small firm - regulator relationship. Second, it explores the informal, as well as formal, mechanisms which characterise the interactions between the agencies in the regulatory constellation. Third, it shows how the organisational identity of non-Olympic regulators has a direct impact on the way that mega-event regulation is planned and enforced. In the case of London 2012 the pro-business organisational identify of non-Olympic regulators led to a high level discretion of infringements – despite the seemingly immovable regulations that were enshrined in criminal statute.
9 March 2016 - IIMP Scrum Event
We are happy to announce the third IIMP Scrum event of 2016: Viva Speed Dating, delivered by our own Professor Emanuele Giovannetti.
Prof. Giovannetti is a Professor of economics at the Institute for International Management Practice (IIMP). He gained a PhD in Economics from Trinity College, University of Cambridge (1997), a Doctoral Degree at the University of Rome La Sapienza (1994) and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge (1991), and before joining Anglia Ruskin University, he was Economic Advisor for the Chief Economist Office at the Office of Fair Trading (2008-2011), London.
The IIMP Scrum provides an opportunity to present your PhD topic (5 minutes or less) and to be grilled by Prof. Giovannetti, and other experienced academics, using typical viva questions! This is a useful exercise in defending your research and in preparing in advance for the difficult questions. It will also be fun.
10 February 2016 - Research Culture Session
Elisa Alt (IIMP/MET) gave a presentation of her draft paper: Selling issues with solutions: Igniting social intrapreneurship in for-profit organizations
Abstract: We offer an explanation of the issue selling process when issues deviate from the dominant logic of organizations. Our main objective is to articulate the multiple ways in which socially oriented innovations can be legitimated in for-profit organizations through the work of bottomup change agents, also known as social intrapreneurs. To unpack this multiplicity, we draw on both institutional theory and the framing perspective in social movements. Specifically, we propose how sellers may advance social issues with solutions by drawing on the logic composite of both organizations and selling targets. By providing an account of the social issue selling process in for-profit organizations, we consider how the nature of an issue shapes selling efforts when it diverges from the dominant logic, and we shed light on how the content choices of sellers relate to the meaning systems of organizations and targets.
13 January 2016 - Research Culture Session
Alison Hirst (IIMP) presented her draft paper: Invisible hierarchy: Visibility, movement and status in open workspace
Abstract: The material transformation of the workspace is being used extensively as a means to eroding organizational hierarchies and encouraging fluid, network-like structures with only temporary and contingent ascriptions of status. Based on assumptions that the mutual proximity and visibility of superiors and subordinates will enable more informal interaction between them, and in turn, the blurring of hierarchical distinctions, ‘new offices’ are highly visible, encourage movement, and lack material indications of status. I use a longitudinal ethnographic study of a new office used as the strategic headquarters of a UK local authority organization to analyse how it intervened in the construction of hierarchical relationships. The building instantiated less hierarchical relations but did not sustain them. The organizational hierarchy was re-expressed in terms of routine patterns of movement and occupation of the space which differed according to formal status, but was complicated by the fact that everyone was visible. Superiors devised strategies for retrieving control over when and by whom they could be seen, and subordinates endured almost constant surveillance. The paper adds to current knowledge of how hierarchy is constructed spatially and visually, and to understanding of the complex and unintended consequences arising from attempts to erode hierarchy.