Scoping the charity outsourcing market

This research, commissioned by Charity Business (providers of outsourced services to the charity sector) in the summer of 2008, looks at the potential use of outsourcing in the voluntary sector, particularly in light of the current economic climate.

Updated: 31/12/2014
Comments: 11
Views: 7,849

The Development of an OD intervention: team builder

Author(s):

Paul Dobson

 et al.

This report presents the 9+1 model of team effectiveness and the team building process that have been developed to this end and outlines the initial research and piloting of the intervention across a wide range of teams (including executive boards, policy bodies, sales, project and operational teams, multicultural and semi-virtual teams, and representative bodies) in both public and private sector organizations.

Updated: 31/12/2014
Comments: 12
Views: 8,427

Building semi-virtual teams

Author(s):

Paul Dobson

 et al.

This paper outlines the content and process of the experiential workshops that Cass has developed to help build SVTs on its modular executive MBA programmes in Europe and the Middle East.

Updated: 04/01/2015
Comments: 12
Views: 7,411

On telling stories but hearing snippets: sense-taking from presentations of practice

In this paper we explore these as a way of looking at how audiences learn from stories they are told. We considered a range of speakers from high profile "circuit speakers" to little known "experience sharers".

Updated: 02/11/2011
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Views: 5,340

Making a difference: the use (and abuse) of diversity management at the UK’s elite law firms

This research suggests that though diversity strategies do little to change organisational cultures, those that recognise both the depth of professional prejudice within the sector and the reality of educational inequality across the UK may prove relatively progressive nonetheless.

Updated: 02/11/2011
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“They’re not all bastards”: prospects for gender equality in the UK’s elite law firms

Whilst acknowledging that women are often confined to lower paid or marginalised positions, this paper uses qualitative data collected in five corporate law firms in the City of London to question the motives for women's disadvantage and the mechanisms by which it is achieved.

Updated: 02/11/2011
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Views: 5,458

Beyond received wisdom: an integrative perspective on organizing professionals

We argue for an integrative perspective on organizing professionals, one which focuses on the dynamic interplay between the professional service firm and the contending, and sometimes conflicting, perspectives presented by the profession, professionals, and their clients.

Updated: 02/11/2011
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Views: 5,126

What are professional service firms and why do we study them?

The word 'professional' is often used rather loosely: the lay person will as easily apply it to footballers, actors, and hairdressers as to lawyers and accountants. In the altogether more precise language of academics it is still a highly contested term - as, by extension, is the expression professional service firm (PSF).

Updated: 16/07/2015
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Reflections on leadership in South Africa

David Sims, Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass and Head of the Faculty of Management, shares his impressions of a recent trip he made to South Africa in the autumn of 2009, where he lead an elective on Leadership in Complex Situations for Cass Exectuvite MBA students.

Updated: 02/11/2011
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Views: 7,412