Monthly Archives: March 2014

Is your communication & engagement in the blogosphere ‘sophisticated and impressive’?

Yes! We all have opinions and beliefs and we represent a diverse range of backgrounds with those opinions and beliefs. It’s good to have integrity and to be able to offer a cogent argument and present your ideas with conviction. But do we as teachers practise what we preach when it comes to communicating and adapting language, and interacting and responding? Are we doing so in ‘sophisticated and impressive’ ways, or are we limited with room for development?

I’ve just been putting together a marking grid for a raft of speaking & listening assessments I’ll be running with my GCSE English students next week and I thought it’d be brilliant if everyone on blog discussion forums aimed for the Band 5 (Grade A) assessment criteria:

  • Communicating & Adapting Language
    • Student highlights priorities and essential detail when communicating complex and demanding subject matter (yes, everyone in blog discussions seem to be quite good at that)
    • Student uses a sophisticated repertoire of strategies to meet challenging contexts and purposes (introduction of Venn diagrams sometimes helps ;-))
    • Shows an assured choice and flexible use of standard English vocabulary and grammar in appropriate situations (yes, everyone’s brilliant at that too)
  • Interacting & Responding
    • Student sustains concentrated listening, showing understanding of complex ideas through interrogating what is said (it sometimes seems that this is where things start to go to pot – do people really ‘listen’ and ‘interrogate’ enough… not with the Gestapo light shining in your face, but seeking to clarify and really understand the other person’s point of view and where they are coming from…)
    • Student shapes direction and content of talk, responding with flexibility to develop ideas and challenges assumptions (I sometimes wonder if people could be a little more flexible with a view to developing ideas in blog discussions, rather than remaining so entrenched… I’ve been accused of being entrenched so I’m guilty of this too sometimes – does integrity have to equate to total rigidity? If you might be wrong, at what point do you engage with that possibility? To challenge assumptions you do have to work out where the other person is coming from and why they hold their ideas.)
    • Student initiates, develops and sustains discussion through encouraging participation and interaction, resolving differences and achieving positive outcomes (I don’t think we value this one enough and we all need to work on this… even if it does seem like our ideas are at the opposite end of a schematic diagram)..

All comments welcome 🙂

Research projects I was involved in, 2002 to 2009.

In terms of actual research projects I’ve been involved in during my time in HE, there were quite a few and I really enjoyed being involved in most of them. Here’s a listy overview. I might blog about each of them separately on another occasion.

Funded Research:  

·        Lead Academic on dissemination sub-project (£20,000) under auspices of the HEFCE Funded Food Innovation Project, , ‘A Systematic Review of Stimulation for Food Innovation for University KT to SMEs’, April 2008 to August 2009.

·        Lead Academic on internal project, ‘Investigation into Underperforming Modules on the Sheffield Hallam University HND Business Management Programme’, under HEFCE Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) funding (£20,000), September 2007 to March 2008.

·        Co-author and project co-ordinator of EPRSCfunded (£62,508) Taught Course in Complexity Science and Complex Systems, EP/D033667/1, ‘Awareness and Understanding of Complexity Science Principles for Real World Research’, Cranfield University, December 2005 to December 2006. In a post project review, the outputs were judged ‘outstanding’ by the EPSRC.
 
Contributions to other funded research or KT projects:  

·        Senior Agile Project Management (APM) Advisor to the Institute of Management and Regional Economics at Lucerne School of Business, Switzerland, on their ‘Agile Project Management’ Project (€12,500), 1 May 2008 to 30 October 2009, in collaboration with the IRE (Innovating Regions in Europe) Network (http://www.innovating-regions.org/).

·        Senior Knowledge Management (KM) Advisor for the Dubai Holding European Benchmarking Programme (£49,500), Amsterdam, 27 April – 2 May 2008, with the Centre for Integral Excellence, Sheffield Hallam University, in collaboration with Philips High Tech Campus (Eindhoven), Dutch KPMG (Amstelveen), and a consortium of Dubai Holding subsidiaries: The Executive Council; Dubai Properties; Tecom Investments; Dubai First; The Jumeirah Hotel Group; and, Sama Dubai.

·         Researcherand research supervision on HEFCE funded (£21.5k) Food Innovation Project, ‘Managing Client Relationships’, Sheffield Hallam University, Centre for Integral Excellence, September 2007 to February 2008.

·         Researcher on 44 partner EC FP6 project, ‘NeWater’, ‘New Approaches to Adaptive Water Management under Uncertainty’, 511179/GOCE, Integrated Project in PRIORITY 6.3 Global Change and Ecosystems, Cranfield University, April 06 – August 07. NeWater total budget approx total cost 18 Mio Euro.

·        Researcher and project manager on EC Asia Link funded (295,945 Euro) ‘Development of Master Level Teaching and Professional Training in Managing Implementation of Enterprise Information Systems (Mi-EIS)’, CN/ASIALINK/021(105-576), Cranfield University, October 2005 to March 2007.

·        Researcheron EC FP5 project, ‘RODEO’, “Robust Business Development of Organisations – Adaptation within Turbulent Environments”, EC-IST-2001-35329, Cranfield University, April 2002 to Sept 2004 (approx £215,000)

 

Research Project Outputs 2002-2009

Of all the research projects I was privileged to work on while working in HE between 2002 to 2009, it wasn’t just a case of attending project meetings in interesting places, (e.g. China, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Holland…) although that was good, there was obviously a lot of work produced as well. This blog post is just meant to provide a summary of the research outputs with my name on them from that era. If you see anything on the list that you want to know more about. just let me know.

Research Reports:  

·        Webb, C. (August, 2009). Literature Review on Stimulation for Food Innovation for Knowledge Transfer to SMEs. Prepared for delivery to Sheffield Hallam University, HEFCE sponsored Food Innovation Project.

·        Webb, C. (April 2008). Underperforming Modules Investigation Project (Sept 07 to April 08): HND Business Management Programme Final Report. Prepared for delivery to Sheffield Hallam University LTA, under HEFCE Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) funding

·        NeWater Deliverable – D4.3.2: Guidance and training material (July 2007), Authors: Sophie Rotter (SEECON), Fons Jaspers (Alterra), Peter van der Keur (GEUS), Martine Poolman (TU Delft), Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga (Alterra), Greet Francois (COPP), Carol Webb (Cranfield University), Raziyeh Farmani (University of Exeter), Karina Rasche (SEECON). Prepared under contract to the European Commission, Contract no 511179 (GOCE), Integrated Project in, PRIORITY 6.3 Global Change and Ecosystems in the 6th EU framework programme

·        NeWater Deliverable – D4.3.1: Training & Dissemination Plan (June 2006), Authors: Sophie Rotter (SEECON), Fons Jaspers (Alterra), Peter van der Keur (GEUS), Martine Poolman (TU Delft), Catharien Terwisscha van Scheltinga (Alterra), Greet Francois (COPP), Carol Webb (Cranfield University), Raziyeh Farmani (University of Exeter), Karina Rasche (SEECON). Prepared under contract to the European Commission, Contract no 511179 (GOCE), Integrated Project in, PRIORITY 6.3 Global Change and Ecosystems in the 6th EU framework programme

·        Webb, C., and Jeffrey, P. (May 2006), Chapter 4.2.2, ‘GWP Handbook Enhancement, “Catalyzing Change: A handbook for developing integrated water resources management (IWRM) and water efficiency strategies”, in NeWater Deliverable 4.2.2: Report – Specification for the Enhancement of Existing Tools. Prepared under contract to the European Commission, Contract no 511179 (GOCE), Integrated Project in, PRIORITY 6.3 Global Change and Ecosystems in the 6th EU framework programme

·        Webb, C., Bermell-Garcia, P., Fan, I-S., (December 2006), Final project report to EPSRC on completion of Taught Course in Complexity Science and Complex Systems, EP/D033667/1, ‘Awareness and Understanding of Complexity Science Principles for Real World Research’, Cranfield University.

·        Fan, I-S., Wognum, N., Webb, C. (March 2006), Mi-EIS Deliverable D2.1: ‘Reference Curriculum for Master Level Courses in Managing Implementation of Enterprise System Implementation’. Prepared under contract to the European Commission, Asia-Link Europe-Aid Cooperation Office, contract no CN/ASIALINK/021 (105-576)

·        Webb, C. (January 2006), Mi-EIS Work Package 8 Visibility Action Plan. Prepared under contract to the European Commission, Asia-Link Europe-Aid Cooperation Office, contract no CN/ASIALINK/021 (105-576)

·        Webb, C. (January 2006), Mi-EIS Task 2.4, ‘Local Implementation Plan – Cranfield University’. Prepared under contract to the European Commission, Asia-Link Europe-Aid Cooperation Office, contract no CN/ASIALINK/021 (105-576)


·        Webb, C. (January 2006), Mi-EIS Task 2.4, ‘Market Analysis Report – Cranfield University’. Prepared under contract to the European Commission, Asia-Link Europe-Aid Cooperation Office, contract no CN/ASIALINK/021 (105-576)

·        Webb, C., Fan, I-S. (December 2005; March 2006; June 2006; September 2006), Project Management Quarterly Reports for the ‘Development of Master Level Teaching and Professional Training Modules in Managing Implementation of Enterprise Information Systems (Mi-EIS)’ project. Prepared under contract to the European Commission, Asia-Link Europe-Aid Cooperation Office, contract no CN/ASIALINK/021 (105-576)

·        RODEO: KnowledgeBoard Project of the Month: November 2004. Introductory text, downloadable documents and project newsletters, available from http://www.knowledgeboard.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=131495&d=pndand a one hour online conversation with the RODEO team – transcript available from http://www.knowledgeboard.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=133353

·        Webb, C. Lettice, F. (November, 2003; May, 2004; August, 2004; November, 2004) RODEO Evaluation and Validation Process & Reports. Work Package 6: Evaluation & Validation. Releases a, b, c and d.  Brussels: European Commission.

·        Webb, C., Lettice, F. (November, 2002) RODEO Metaphor Bank Chapter. Work Package 1: Industrial and Research State-of-the-Art, Brussels: European Commission.

‘To the writing of many books there is no end’, so here’s a few of my bits :-)

More background info here to some books I’ve managed to deliver, publish, co-publish or edit. Some of this is better than other bits 🙂 I cringe now when I look at some of it! Most of it is just a compilation of material developed on some of the fascinating research projects I’ve worked on:

Edited Books:

“The Secrets of the Six Principles: A Guide to Robust Development of Organisations” (2004) Edited by Carol Webb, Liza Wohlfart, Michael Wunram, and Atai Ziv. ISBN 965-907 10-1-9. Available to download for free from:     


“Are you Ready to Disrupt-It? An illustrated Guide to Disruptive Innovation” (2004) Edited by Ron Dvir, Fiona Lettice and Peter Thomond; with Carol Webb (I just helped proof-read/edit this really). Available from www.innovationecology.com. ISBN 965-90710-0-0

Books:  

·       Webb, C. (August 2007) ‘Managing Adaptive Flexible Implementation through the Use of Agile Project Management’. Accompanying the “Learn About Adaptive Management: Implement Adaptively” Training course under the NeWater Adaptive Flexible Implementation Plan training theme. This 215 page book was prepared on the NeWater project, under contract to the European Commission, Contract no 511179 (GOCE), Integrated Project in, PRIORITY 6.3 Global Change and Ecosystems in the 6th EU framework programme. Not publicly available.

·       Webb, C. (August 2007). ‘Managing Adaptive Flexible Implementation through an Understanding of Change Management in Theory & Practice: Self-Study Reading & Diary-Writing Guide’. Accompanying the “Learn About Adaptive Management: Implement Adaptively” Training course under the NeWater Adaptive Flexible Implementation Plan training theme. This80 page handbook was prepared on the NeWater project, under contract to the European Commission, Contract no 511179 (GOCE), Integrated Project in, PRIORITY 6.3 Global Change and Ecosystems in the 6th EU framework programme. Download summary PPT from http://www.newater.uni-osnabrueck.de/training/KLC-E-booklet-CDROM-27-01-2009_files/BackgroundInfoForPart3_GuideDisseminationSession.pdf  and download full guide from: http://www.newater.uni-osnabrueck.de/training/KLC-E-booklet-CDROM-27-01-2009_files/BackgroundInfoForPart3_ImplementAdaptively_ChangeManagement-.pdf 

·        Webb, C. (May 2007), ‘Keeping Change Going: A Supplementary Note on Adaptive Water Resources  Management (AWRM)’. A handbook for practitioners intended as a supplement to the Global Water Partnership’s, “Catalyzing Change: A handbook for developing integrated water resources management (IWRM) and water efficiency strategies”. This 49 page supplement was prepared on the NeWater project, under contract to the European Commission, Contract no 511179 (GOCE), Integrated Project in, PRIORITY 6.3 Global Change and Ecosystems in the 6th EU framework programme. Free download available from: http://www.newater.uni-osnabrueck.de/training/KLC-E-booklet-CDROM-27-01-2009_files/BackgroundInfoForPart2_02GWPSupplementDraft01.pdf .

 

·        Webb, C. (May 2007), ‘Understanding Complex Adaptive Systems for AWRM: A Social Simulation & Workshop’. A facilitator handbook intended as a supplement to the Global Water Partnership’s, “Catalyzing Change: A handbook for developing integrated water resources management (IWRM) and water efficiency strategies”. This 10 page supplement was prepared on the NeWater project, under contract to the European Commission, Contract no 511179 (GOCE), Integrated Project in, PRIORITY 6.3 Global Change and Ecosystems in the 6th EU framework programme. Free download available from: http://www.newater.uni-osnabrueck.de/training/KLC-E-booklet-CDROM-27-01-2009_files/BackgroundInfoForPart2_03SocialSimulation&workshop.pdf  

Book Reviews:  

Invited book proposal reviewer by Routledge Publishers (Business and Management list) for a complexity and leadership title (March, 2008)

Where I’m coming from academically; a few journal papers…

In my time within HE as a researcher and lecturer (2002 to 2009, and more loosely since 2012 again) I wrote or co-wrote a few things deemed good enough to be published in peer reviewed journals. In case anyone is interested to see ‘where I’m coming from’ academically then please do have a look. I’m open to exploring possibilities for collaboration and I’d love to get back into research.

 Refereed Academic Journal Papers

Webb, C. (2008). ‘Measuring Social Capital & Knowledge Networks’. In Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol: 12, No: 3. Special Issue: Knowledge-Based Development. ISSN: 1367-3270.

 
Dvir, R., Lettice, F., Webb, C., Schwartzberg, Y. (2007). “The Future Centre as an Empowering Ecology”, in issue 5 (2/3) of the Journal of Information, Communication & Ethics in Society (JICES) ISSN: 1477-996X http://www.emeraldinsight.com/jices.htm
 
Webb, C. Lettice, F. & Fan, I.S. (2007) ‘“Don’t Dis’ the Ants, Man!”: Acknowledging the Place of Ants, Termites, Birds, and Bees’, in Emergence: Complexity & Organization, Volume 9 Numbers 1 & 2, Special Issue: Complexity Thinking and Systems Theory. ISSN: 1521-3250, http://www.emergence.org/

Dvir, R., Schwartzberg, T., Avni., Webb, C., Lettice, F. (2006) ‘The future center as an urban innovation engine, in the Journal of Knowledge Management, Volume: 10 Issue: 5, Page: 110-123, http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/13673270610691224 ISSN: 1367-3270


Webb, C. Lettice, F. & Lemon, M. (2006). ‘Facilitating Learning and Innovation in Organizations Using Complexity Science Principles’, in Emergence: Complexity & Organization, Volume 8 Number 1,  2006, Special Issue: Complexity & Innovation. ISSN: 1521-3250, http://www.emergence.org/

Rousal jags; frame of reference; getting to know people; my conference papers.

Sometimes you meet people in life and get a “rousal jag”. No idea if that’s a real word and term or not, but it was one of my dad’s, and we all knew what he meant when he said it. It’s like when something gets your attention and takes you back a bit, shocking you into a state of alertness or new and heightened realisation. It makes you sit up and think, or step back and take action. It also makes you pause and reflect on who or what prompted this. Which often makes you wonder what the background is of someone who might have been involved. So sometimes you need something to go on to get to know people with so you can understand them a bit more.

Because of this, I thought I’d post some of my previous work and publications, starting with conference paper type stuff. It’s just a list, but you can see the dates I published stuff, themes I was interested in and the kind of groups I was influenced by and interacted with. Obviously this changed over time.

Anyway, here’s a list of conference papers I’ve delivered or co-written. If anyone wants a copy let me know. If anyone wants to collaborate or talk about a theme further, let me know 🙂 I’m going to post other things separately.

Refereed Conference Papers

·        Webb, C. (2008). “Proposing the Need for an Integrated Diversity Agenda for European Business, Management & Social Policy at the Regional Level: Managing the Challenges & Opportunities of the Spice of Life when Montezuma’s Revenge is Always Just around the Corner”. Full paper accepted to the Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity track of the 8th European Academy of Management (EURAM) Conference 2008, ‘Managing Diversity: European Destiny and Hope’, 14-17 May 2008, Ljubljana & Bled Slovenia.

·        Webb, C. (2008). “Dear Diary: Recommendations for Researching Knowledge Transfer of the Complex”. Full paper accepted for the 9th European Conference on Knowledge Management(ECKM), Southampton Solent University, Southampton, UK 4-5 September 2008.

·        Webb, C., Lettice, F. (2008). “Facilitating and Simplifying the Management of Diary-Based Research Projects: Recommendations for Practical Research Tools & Training”. Full paper accepted for the Research Methodology track of the British Academy of Management (BAM) Annual Conference, 9-11 September 2008, ‘The Academy Goes Relevant’, Harrogate, UK.

·        Wolf, P., Webb, C., Schweikert, S. (2008). “Using Agile Project Management for Managing Regional Innovation Projects: How Does Complex Adaptive Systems Thinking Influence a Manager?” Full paper accepted to the 9th International CINet (Continuous Innovation Network) Conference, ‘Radical Challenges in Innovation Management’, Valencia, Spain, 5-9 September 2008.

·        Pasher, E., Webb, C. (2008). “Adding Complexity to Conflict Resolution Dialogues”. Abstract accepted to Conference on Conflict and Complexity, Conflict Research Society and Conflict Analysis Research Centre, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, 2nd-3rd September 2008. 

·        Webb, C., Lettice, F. (2005). “Facilitating Learning and Sense-Making with Complexity Science Principles in Organisations by Means of a Complexity Starter Kit”. In: Proceedings of the Complexity, Science and Society Conference, 11th-14th September 2005, Centre for Complexity Research, University of Liverpool, UK. http://www.liv.ac.uk/ccr/2005_conf/index.htm

·        Webb, C., Lettice, F. (2005) “Performance Measurement, Intangibles, and Six Complexity Science Principles”. In: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Manufacturing Research (ICMR 2005), 6th-8th September 2005, Cranfield University, UK. http://www.icmr2005.org.uk

·        Webb, C., Wunram, M., Lettice, F., Klein, P. (2005). “Improving Problem Solving Capabilities in Concurrent Engineering via Knowledge Transformation & Six Complexity Science Principles”. In: Pawar, K.S., Weber, F., Thoben, K.-D., Katzy, B. (Eds.): Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Concurrent Enterprising: “Integrated Engineering of Products, Services and Organisations”, Munich, Germany, 20th-22nd June 2005, pp. 111-117. Published by: Centre for Concurrent Enterprising, Nottingham University Business School, University of Nottingham, UK. ISBN 978 0 85358 221 2. http://www.ice-conference.org/2005/

·        Webb, C., Lettice, F. (2004). “Exchanging Diaries for Management Theory: A Qualitative Research Process”. Conference Paper – British Academy of Management Annual Conference, “Management Futures”, 30th August – 1st September 2004, St. Andrews, Scotland. ISBN 0-9549608-1-5. To see proceedings go to: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~bam04

·        Webb, C., Lettice, F. (2003). “Facilitating Self-Organisation: A Feedback Analysis Approach”. Conference Paper: British Academy of Management, Harrogate, September 2003. Paper 205. www.bam.ac.uk

 
Conference Organisation

·        Invited member of the Conference Programme Committee for the ‘2008 Conference on Conflict and Complexity’, organised by the UK Conflict research Society, hosted by the University of Kent at Canterbury, 2-3 September 2008

·        Organising Committee Member, & Lead Academic Organiser, for the ‘Integrating for Excellence – Organisational Improvement’ Conference 2008, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, 24th & 25th June 2008

·        Conference Planning Committee Member & Breakout Group/Strand Facilitator, for the Organisation and Management Faculty Conference 2008, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, 9thJanuary 2008

·        Organising Committee Member, & Session Chair, for the Management track of the International ‘Complexity, Science & Society Conference 2005’, University of Liverpool, UK, 11th to 14th September 2005