Our Business Perspectives webinar on ‘Better Governance. Better Consequence’ took place on Wednesday 15 March 2017. If you missed the webinar or want to watch it again, it is now available to view on demand.
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During our webinar we used sport as a metaphor to explore governance. We explored multiple facets of governance and how, in an ever changing world, sport and business have similar qualities. We also explained how lessons from sport may be applied across business. The webinar also included video highlights from our masterclass in London on 23 February.
Professor Simon Lee, Professor of Law and Director of the Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Area at The Open University joined as our speaker. The webinar was facilitated by Peter Wainwright, MBA alumnus and Consultant at Askyra Ltd.
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During our masterclass in London on 23 February, Professor Simon Lee, Professor of Law at The Open University (OU), explored the links between governance and sport. Professor Simon Lee made the case that governance isn’t about being the referee, it’s about being the goalkeeper. Being able to take a step back from the central action allows businesses to anticipate potential risks and make a strategic plan.
Professor Lee used examples from the sport and business worlds to explain how:
- Governance is an attitude of mind rather than a particular process;
- Trust and responsibility are key to corporate governance success;
- Anticipating change and making appropriate adaptations will stand businesses in better stead;
- It is important to account for the fact there will always be situations businesses cannot plan for.
During the masterclass, Professor Lee was joined by Pete Winkelman, Chairman of MK Dons FC, who spoke about regulation in football, and Etienne Stott MBE, Olympic Gold Medallist (Canoe Slalom) from London 2012, who showed how the governance of his sport created the structure for success. Video highlights are available:
Regulation in Sport – Time and Money
Pete Winkelman – Chairman, MK Dons FC
Governance in the Goldilocks Zone: Structure of Success (Part 2)*
Etienne Stott MBE – Olympic Gold Medallist (Canoe Slalom), London 2012
*Part 1 of this video is available via our online webinar.
Further video highlights are available from:
- Professor Simon Lee, Professor of Law and Director of the Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Area at The Open University focusing on governance and current affairs;
- Etienne Stott MBE, London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist (Canoe Slalom) looks at the governance choices of his sport in nurturing athletes.
You can watch more videos on our one-hour webinar, which takes place on 15 March 2017, by registering online.
The complimentary webinar, from The Open University Business School, will use sport as a metaphor to explore governance. The one-hour online webinar will take place on Wednesday 15 March at 7pm (GMT).
During the webinar, we’ll explore multiple facets of governance and how, in an ever changing world, sport and business have similar qualities. We will also explain how lessons from sport may be applied across business.
The webinar will include video highlights from our masterclass in London on 23 February. We’ll draw on the contributions from our masterclass and further develop these discussion points during the webinar, and we invite you to contribute via our live online polls and Q&A forums.
Webinar panellists include Professor Simon Lee, Professor of Law and Director of the Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Area at The Open University. The webinar will be facilitated by Peter Wainwright, MBA alumnus and consultant at Askyra Ltd.
For further information, please visit our website.
Our Business Perspectives masterclass will take place on Thursday 23 February 2017 at 12:00 – 17:00 in London. Join Professor Simon Lee, Professor of Law and Director of the Citizenship and Governance Strategic Research Centre at The Open University and other leading experts, who will use sport as a metaphor to explore governance.
In this masterclass, Professor Simon Lee will base his presentation on latest current affairs in the sporting world. We will explore multiple facets of governance and how, in an ever changing world, sport and business have similar qualities. Professor Lee will also explain how lessons from sport may be applied across business.
In this session, you will broaden your knowledge on governance rules, structure and regulations, which may help you and your organisation improve ways of working.
Places are limited. To book and for further information, please visit The Open University Business School website.
Radisson Blu Hotel, 301 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL
Wednesday 8 February 2017, 16:30-19:30
The Open University in Scotland and Scottish Water are delighted to invite you to the twilight seminar: Business Legitimacy – Staying on the “right” side of public opinion – and how to avoid controversy.
This free event will be of particular interest to those in middle or senior leadership positions, in the public or private sectors, with an interest in influencing and maintaining internal and external, credible relationships.
Ever questioned what makes your business legitimate, or thought about how you navigate your business through challenges when its legitimacy is questioned? Want to stay on the “right” side of public opinion when facing adversity?
This highly thought provoking seminar will enable you to reflect on those complex questions in your own work environment and to share with others who have wrestled with the same dilemmas.
For more information, including details on how to register, please visit The Open University Business School website.
Our Business Perspectives masterclass will take place in London on 21 September, led by Professor Thomas Lawton, Professor of Strategy and International Management at The Open University Business School (OUBS). Professor Lawton is a published author on international business and strategic management and has spent twenty years advising leaders, managers and entrepreneurs on business development and market growth.
Guest speakers include:
- Antoine Boatwright, CTO, Hillgate Travel
- Patrick Callinan, Global Head of Data and Analytics at Added Value (a Kantar/WPP Plc company)
- Hilary Collins, Lecturer in Management, OUBS
A symbiotic relationship exists at the heart of successful strategy between what the customer wants and what the company can deliver. In this masterclass we’ll explore:
- What are the critical components to design and deliver an innovative, effective business model?
- How do you render a growth-oriented business model robust enough to deal with today’s unpredictable world?
- How can you factor in global disruptions driven by digitalisation, big data and geopolitical risk?
We’ll also look at the latest thinking and frameworks to better enable growth oriented business strategies that are adaptable and responsive to technological change.
Places are limited. For more information and to register, visit our website.
During our webinar, we explored issues of legitimacy in an organisational context and shared insight into the pharmaceutical industry, as a real life example of why legitimacy is so important for businesses.
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Our webinar panellists included Dr Björn Claes, Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at the OU Business School and Sonia Siraz, International Fellow at the OU Business School. The webinar was facilitated by Peter Wainwright, OU MBA alumnus and Business Consultant at Askyra Ltd.
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You are invited to join the latest Business Perspectives ‘Business Legitimacy’ roadshows entitled ‘Staying on the “right” side of public opinion… and how to avoid controversy’; commencing at 18:00 until 20:15 with networking drinks and canapés reception afterwards on the following dates:
- Wednesday 11 May 2016 in Dublin at Croke Park Conference Centre
- Thursday 19 May 2016 in Munich at The Hilton Park
- Thursday 26 May 2016 in Manchester at The Hilton Deansgate
We are especially delighted to announce Dr Björn Claes, Senior Lecturer in Operations Management at The Open University Business School (OUBS) will lead a highly interactive workshop to engage and debate.
Keynote guest speakers will be:
- Dublin – Marc Sweeney, Thorntons & Partners Director, Thorntons Group
- Munich – Andreas Klugescheid, Head of Steering and CSR, BMW
- Manchester – Lucy Hinds, Head of Facilities, Covance
Facilitators will be:
- Dublin – John Darcy, National Director, The Open University in Ireland
- Munich – Paul Heardman, Consul General Munich, British Council
- Manchester – Jim Yates, Director Fulcrum Management Limited
In the interactive workshop we will explore the issues of legitimacy in the organisational environment and activities will include:
- Identify legitimators as evaluator
- Identify legitimators as evaluees
- Devise legitimation strategy from differing perspectives
During the event we will also cover maintaining legitimacy through CSR strategies.
To book and for further information, please visit our event website pages for Dublin, Munich, Manchester. Please note, places are limited.
Guest blogger: Dr Katrina Pritchard, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Studies at The Open University Business School. Dr Pritchard will be facilitating our forthcoming Business Perspectives masterclass in London in February.
Hardly a day goes by without the UK press highlighting issues associated with the changing age demographics of the UK population. My Open University colleague, Rebecca Whiting and I, are never short of materials to comment on in our daily blogs about Age at Work. For example, recently we have considered the announcement of ‘older worker champions’ at UK Job Centre’s to help the over-50’s develop ‘digital skills’, asking if this might perpetuate a stereotype of the older worker as less-IT proficient.
Despite having been on the media radar for the last few years, the challenges of age diversity at work are however poorly understood. Academic research has traditionally treated age as just a number. However ‘age’ is a significantly more complex than a chronological marker or membership of an alphabetically denoted generational category might suggest. For example, it is it is recognised that chronological age is at best a proxy measure (rather than a causal variable) for issues influencing work-related outcomes.
Moreover despite many consultancy-led reports highlighting challenges, there are few fora for managers to share practical experiences. Employers need to consider their legal obligations (avoiding age discrimination, for example), understand the potential implications of an age diverse workforce and also to consider how age-related stereotypes might present challenges to the achievement of organisational goals. Age related issues are often presented as a competition, between older and younger generations. Characteristics which are ascribed to generations are said to cause tensions at work, tensions which managers and leaders in age-diverse organisations need to address.
In this respect our Business Perspectives event provides a great opportunity to explore issues related to age diversity with insights from senior figures in the legal, automotive and health sectors. We are also delighted to welcome Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, whose mission is ‘Championing better work and working lives’. Alongside academic perspectives, our sessions will explore issues related to both younger and older working lives providing the much need opportunity to share insights and practical experiences with organisations for which age diversity is critical business issue.
Our latest Business Perspectives trend report looks at our current topic of Management Now: tomorrow’s demands on today’s leaders. The report considers the wider world of the future manager, focusing on mindset, culture, technology, agility and current trends.
The pace of business has never been so fast, which is why this summary has been designed so it can quickly inspire you at home, in an airport or on the go. You can download the report now, absolutely free.
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Continue the conversation with our free Management Now webinar, focusing on the challenges that face managers today and the demands of the future. Our free one hour webinar will take place on Wednesday 12 November 2014 at 19:00 (GMT).
The online webinar will introduce video highlights from the Business Perspectives thought leaders roundtable discussion, held in London on Tuesday 21 October. During the webinar, we’ll draw on the contributions from our roundtable discussion and further develop these discussion points. You can contribute via our live online polls and Q&A forums.
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