Wednesday 14 April
6 - 8:30pm
Professor Mike West
Executive Dean of Aston Business School
"This presentation will focus on the key elements needed for teams and organisations to be creative and innovative.
Based on research conducted at Aston over the last ten years, the presentation offers practical guidance for ensuring teams and organisations are 'sparkling fountains of innovation' rather than 'stagnant ponds'.
This session will explore elements of creating a vision, ensuring confidence in creativity, promoting positive emotions and support, capitalising on team working and diversity, encouraging persistence, ensuring cycles of learning through 'reflexivity' and sustaining a culture of creativity and innovation. Finally, the session will explore the values that are needed to underpin a creative and innovative organisation."
Dr Helen Shipton
Course Director for the Aston MSc in Human Resource Management and Business, as well as co-director of the Aston Centre for Human Resources
"The question of how organisations learn is of interest to practitioners and management scholars alike.
Through learning, organisations improve their performance, achieve strategic renewal and create more enriching, exciting and secure environments for their employees to work. Although there has been a burgeoning of interest in this area from both applied and academic communities over the past decade or so, there is no clear consensus about how to manage learning in organisations, with most studies either focusing on learning at the individual level (coaching, for example) or highlighting the various ‘thinking’ stages involved (for example, acquiring knowledge, interpreting, sharing and implementing). Our work takes a different perspective. During the five-year study of an electronics company located in the West Midlands, we explored changes in peoples’ understanding (their ‘re-construal’) of strategic episodes over time and, assessed the extent to which such changes involved emotional, rather than cognitive, factors. The study suggests that peoples’ feelings and confidence are paramount to enable the organisational learning necessary for on-going progress and success.
During the presentation, I will highlight practical implications for organizations as new strategic episodes are devised and implemented, drawing on examples from this case."
Professor Samuel Aryee
Professor of organisational behaviour and human resource management in Aston Business School
"Research in strategic human resource management has focused predominantly on understanding how and why bundles of human resource practices are related to organizational performance. While this stream of research has underscored the role of the HRM function in contributing to organisational performance, it has not delivered on the promise of promoting a mutual gains enterprise. Integral to strategic HRM is the adoption of a bundle of family friendly practices that promote integration of work and family responsibilities leading to employee health and well-being.
This presentation will draw on the extant research to demonstrate the thesis that incorporating family friendly policies into these bundles of human resource practices promotes the well-being of employees, ensures the realization of the mutual gains enterprise, and constitutes a prerequisite for achieving sustainable organisational success."
Organised by Aston Centre for Human Resources (ACHR) in Collaboration with CIPD Birmingham Branch
A buffet will be available for attendees between 6pm - 6.30pm.
Visit the CIPD branch website to register and for more details: http://www.cipd.co.uk/branch/birmingham/events