Management with Impact

Slacking it? The problems of technology at work

Slack came as a solution to our email problem, but its game-like elements can be problematic, writes Dr Jamie Woodcock

Slack, if you have never come across it before, is an instant messaging application. As the company itself explains, it is “team communication for the 21st century” and one intended to result in work having “less email” and becoming “more productive.” […]

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    Question Time: how to promote online knowledge exchange among employees

Question Time: how to promote online knowledge exchange among employees

Those who actively share knowledge on online platforms have a unique disposition, and organisations can promote it, argues Katsuhiko Yoshikawa.

It’s 10a.m in London, and while sipping on your morning coffee, you’ve connected with the team in Hamburg, put queries to colleagues in the Middle East, and checked in with Hong Kong. In just a few hours, your inbox will […]

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    Five ways to drive collaborative change in your organisation

Five ways to drive collaborative change in your organisation

Change efforts can fail unless they’re coordinated, writes Dr. Rebecca Newton

We need to focus as much on how we drive change as what change we drive. Research we conducted at the London School of Economics suggests that resistance to change stems often from a negative experience of change leadership, rather than resistance to the change itself.

We know that for change […]

How to make a living in the self-service era

We’re fast evolving from paid work to customer self-service, but can we make a living from cutting our own hair, asks Dr Carsten Sørensen

There is currently much debate on the future of paid employment. Evocative imagery ranges from a rather prosaic future of self-driving cars and lorries to the digital immortality of bodiless beings. I wish here to emphasise […]

Pay for performance risks discouraging motivated employees

The use of monitoring technologies to measure employees’ performance discourages them the most, according to Dr Antonio Cordella and Dr Tito Cordella.

Incentive schemes, which rely on monitoring technologies, are becoming increasing popular as a means to foster productivity in public sector organisations. A legitimate question to ask is whether they improve service delivery or, instead, they force already motivated […]

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    Social entrepreneurs beware – don’t ignore those institutional forces

Social entrepreneurs beware – don’t ignore those institutional forces

Dr Nadia Millington reveals the power of culture, ethics and behavioural norms for the development of social enterprises. 

Social entrepreneurship is on the rise in emerging economies. More and more, established firms and start-ups are seeking to position themselves to address the world’s most pressing problems and environmental concerns via enterprise structures that focus equally on commercial and social goals. However, […]

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    Integrating digital systems to help city residents plan seamless journeys

Integrating digital systems to help city residents plan seamless journeys

Dr Will Venters and Ayesha Khanna studied Berlin’s prototype and unravel the forces that influence the development of a mobility focused information infrastructure. 

The 21st century has seen a growing recognition of the importance of cities in the world: not only does over half of humanity live in cities, but cities contribute 60 per cent of global GDP, consume 75 […]

Self-employment attracts the optimist

The self-employed are more optimistic in nature, but have the tendency to overestimate their income, according to Professor David de Meza.

Bearing in mind that only some 50 percent of businesses survive their first five years, what sort of person does it take to start one? The answer: an optimist. Still, other answers are possible. The returns to success may be so […]

Strategies for working smoothly with your peers

Five simple steps can increase confidence when working with peers, writes Dr Rebecca Newton.

Your boss supports you and wants the best for you – she hired you after all. Your employees support you, and your clients value you. But what about your peers? Time after time, I’ve encountered successful professionals whose one confidence barrier seems to be their relationship […]

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    Most multinationals use unaffiliated suppliers in their supply chains

Most multinationals use unaffiliated suppliers in their supply chains

The ways that the multinational firms use related parties and third-party suppliers are more complex than previously thought, argue Natalia Ramondo, Veronica Rappoport and Kim Ruhl.

The global nature of supply chains has rapidly come to dominate international trade. This article presents new evidence on production fragmentation and intra-firm trade. For US corporations, cross-country shipments of goods between units of the […]