Monthly Archives: March 2018

Innovation labs as a means of preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet | BERA

Innovation labs as a means of preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet
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My latest blog post published by the British Educational Research Association

Abstract: Using Agile Project Management for Managing Regional Innovation Projects (2008). Wolf, Webb and Schweikert

Wolf, P., Webb, C., Schweikert, S. (2008). “Using Agile Project Management for Managing Regional Innovation Projects.” Full paper accepted to the 9th International CINet (Continuous Innovation Network) Conference, ‘Radical Challenges in Innovation Management’, Valencia, Spain, 5-9 September 2008.

Abstract:

In this paper, the authors assume that the application of Agile Project Management practices in regional innovation projects – which are seen as complex adaptive systems – would benefit the sustainability of the project outcomes and thereby the capability of a region to continuously innovate. To clarify this issue, they conducted a single case study with a project aiming towards the development of a regional innovation strategy. This paper presents the findings.

Download paper full text from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322722487_Using_Agile_Project_Management_for_Managing_Regional_Innovation_Projects

Abstract: Proposing the Need for an Integrated Diversity Agenda for European Business, Management and Social Policy at the Regional Level. By Webb, C (2008).

“Proposing the Need for an Integrated Diversity Agenda for European Business, Management & Social Policy at the Regional Level”

Submitted to and presented at the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Global Diversity Management (GDM): Mainstreaming Diversity through Effective CSR Programmes in Global Organisations’ Track of the 8th EURAM Conference, May 2008, Ljubljana & Bled, Slovenia

Dr Carol Webb

Abstract: This paper presents an overview of current thinking on the topic of diversity and diversity management. The field of concern spans the organizational context as well as the social and regional sphere and a core premise of this paper is that in order to conduct significant and effective diversity management the endeavour as a methodological starting point, approach, and any interventions must be integrated across these different units of analysis and application. This paper considers the context of the European Union, outlines the opportunities and challenges presented by diversity, and summarises recently proposed methods for diversity management which appear to offer value. The substantial gap identified presents a lack of frameworks, approaches and methods which step up to the challenge of conducting diversity management at
the integrated regional level to encompass the social as well as the organizational contexts of diversity.

Read full paper at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carol_Webb6/publication/322722423_Proposing_the_Need_for_an_Integrated_Diversity_Agenda_for_European_Business_Management_Social_Policy_at_the_Regional_Level/links/5a6b483f0f7e9b1c12d3726e/Proposing-the-Need-for-an-Integrated-Diversity-Agenda-for-European-Business-Management-Social-Policy-at-the-Regional-Level.pdf

Facilitating learning and innovation in organizations using complexity science principles, Webb, Lettice & Lemon (2006): Abstract

Facilitating learning and innovation in organizations using complexity science principles

Carol Webb, Fiona Lettice & Mark Lemon

Abstract: Difficulties have been encountered in communicating the meaning and value of complexity science principles to people in organizations. While one school of thought in the literature holds that it is not necessary to attempt to communicate the principles transparently, one set of researchers set out to develop a range of tools and a workshop session to do just this, and called it ‘The Complexity Starter Kit’. The Complexity Starter Kit features a six-day calendar and ‘water–cooler’ area posters, an exercise class and group sensemaking session, and an online knowledge development tool with group discussion boards. This paper describes the Complexity Starter Kit at high level, proposes its usefulness in the context of innovation, and provides an overview of educational strategies that facilitate learning about complexity science, a consideration of the ways in which these correlate with complexity science, and how this informed the development of the Complexity Starter Kit.

Cite article as:

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

Published by ‘Emergence’: http://www.emergence.org/ (Google Scholar h5-index of 12 and h5-median of 16).

Download full paper from: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mark_Lemon2/publication/322722187_Facilitating_Learning_and_Innovation_in_Organizations_Using_Complexity_Science_Principles/links/5559d57008ae6fd2d82745cf/Facilitating-Learning-and-Innovation-in-Organizations-Using-Complexity-Science-Principles.pdf