To lobby, or not to lobby? That is not the question. Determining the needs of UK business is a complex area, with changes to legislation coming thick and fast – some having the potential to impact on existing business models and sectors: energy, defence, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, fast moving consumer goods, UK manufacturing – to name just some of the areas high on the political agenda.To what extent should organisations flex, adapt and reinvent themselves to adjust to today’s dynamic and rapidly changing political landscape? To what extent should they fight to both resist and affect those changes to improve the likelihood of growth in their business? Both play an important role in the strategy process.
Lobbying is often portrayed as a guilty secret, best kept in the shadows – but if we are to enable the best possible political environment for UK business to prosper, this important activity needs to be developed to inform policy with evidence ‘from the shop floor’. Responsible, ethical and transparent government affairs strategies are key to this process. So the question is: How to lobby?
Cranfield School of Management and The Open University Business School – both highly ranked, triple-accredited business schools – are currently inviting expressions of interest in membership to a new Government Affairs Research Club.
The club and its corporate members seek to develop strategic foresight and practical strategic problem solving techniques which will enable the development of the voice used to communicate more persuasively with oversight bodies and government in general.
An inaugural symposium will take place on the 20th November at the Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London for CEOs, Directors and Vice Presidents of Corporate Affairs, Government and Industry Affairs. Participating in this event will enable you to be a part of this important conversation and experience how you could enhance your firm’s government affairs strategies. The discussion will inform a White Paper that will be published in January 2015.
To be a part of this important conversation and to develop your government affairs strategy with this unique new club, visit the web page at www.cranfield.ac.uk/som/garc
Tim Crick, Managing Partner at Decblue explains how decisioning can enable firms large and small to make the most of every touchpoint – and the management challenges this creates, particularly with regards to strategy, culture and customer data.
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Professor Graham Jones talks about high performing talent in the worlds of elite sport, military and business, highlighting the importance of creating the right environments for talent to thrive. Graham presents a model, comprising three key requirements, to guarantee sustainable top performance in any organisation: 1. Be clear what the expectations are regarding performance. 2. Create an environment where people can thrive and deliver on these expectations. 3. Provide the leadership to enable both of these requirements.
Dr Emma Parry, Director, International Executive Doctorate (DBA) and Reader in Human Resource Management welcomes a valuable contribution to this DBA webinar series by Dr Peter Saxton, DBA Alumnus (1999 cohort) & Owner-Director at Capstick Saxton Associates Ltd.
Having completed his DBA in 2003, Peter was one of the very first to undertake the programme at Cranfield, back in 1999, with a thesis entitled `The impact of consensus on performance in monopolistic supply situations in the air transport industry`, supervised by Dr David Partington, Prof Cliff Bowman and Prof Mark Jenkins.
In this webcast, Peter talks us through his research and DBA experience, explaining how it has contributed to his career so far. Professor Mark Jenkins contributes from a faculty support perspective.
Here are the top downloaded pieces of content from the Cranfield Collection of E-Research throughout the months of June, July and August 2014.
It was lovely to catch up with some of our DBA Alumni on 2nd July – and a huge thank you to all those who contributed to the day’s events: Alumni, Faculty Supervisors, Current Researchers and Research Office and Alumni Office Staff.
Dr Alice Maynard set the scene for the evening BBQ event by delivering an inspirational presentation entitled ‘Curiouser & Curiouser: Building a portfolio career from a rabbit hole’.
Here are some related links from Alice:
End the Awkward – http://bit.ly/1jN7rCh
Strip for Scope! – http://bit.ly/1mWTarx
Congratulations to Alice on all of her recent achievements:
- Named by The Female FTSE in 2013 as one of the 100 Women to Watch http://bit.ly/1kffCaA
- Presented with an honorary degree by The University of York http://bit.ly/1oy1r4E
- Awarded by The Sunday Times in April for her not-for-profit Non-Executive Director work http://bit.ly/1o2gd0t
- Presented with a Non-Executive Director Award in May http://bit.ly/1mUsYxM
We hope to see you all again in 2015 and look forward to hearing all about your year!
Cranfield International Executive Doctorate (DBA)
Mohamed Aljunaibi, Cranfield International Executive Doctorate (DBA) Researcher explains his research interest around talent management in the procurement function.