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Comments on report: Performance Management in UK HIgher Education Institutions: the need for a hybrid approach

Hi Mike,  Hope you are well.  I stumbled across your paper (Franco-Santos et al, 2014) via linked in and would like to congratulate you and your colleagues on an excellent piece of work.  From my time consulting in Central Government (DfE and BIS), I can advise you that the struggle between the stewardship based model … Continue reading

Report warns universities are in danger of stifling their own success

New research conducted by Cranfield School of Management on behalf of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) shows that, in response to pressures to perform, universities may in fact be damaging their own future success. The research reveals that universities are becoming more controlling, taking what is known as “an agency approach”, focussing their … Continue reading

Communities of Practice

No one is more surprised than me that my thesis has potential. You see, as a student in Cranfield University’s MSc Managing Organizational Performance, I initially struggled with my thesis. I focused on organizational learning, which has an extensive body of literature. So, I started by reading a small number of articles that each provided … Continue reading

Business models

How does your organisation deliver value to your customers and your owners? Over the Christmas period, our minds turned to kitchens (new floors rather than completely new kitchens luckily). Howdens Joinery Co have been advertising in expensive magazines, “Bring your dream kitchen to life”. A catchy headline, but the second line reads “through your local … Continue reading

Chaos as Normal

Christmas is the time of good cheer, goodwill to all and long distance travel. And so it was for me this Christmas. My journey from the South of England to Edinburgh was relatively easy with only a few delays despite the awful weather encountered. That is it was relatively easy until we hit the outskirts … Continue reading