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Addressing the productivity challenge in the UK

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Academics, policymakers and business leaders from across the UK are set to gather in Sheffield tomorrow 13 March 2019 to tackle one of the UK’s most pressing economic challenges: how to raise productivity.

They will gather in Sheffield for a conference titled ‘Changing the Tone of the Debate’. The conference is organised by the Productivity Insights Network at the Sheffield University Management School.

The event will take place in the University’s historic Firth Hall building and will hosted by Lord Jim O’Neill. Prominent figures including Sir Paul Collier, Professor Jennifer Rubin, and Mr Murray Sherwin will deliver keynote addresses looking at how to address productivity discrepancies across Britain, how productivity varies in practice, and how research can help solve this productivity puzzle.

Professor Tim Vorley, Sheffield University Management School,  said, “Given the highly regional nature of the productivity puzzle it is fantastic that the University of Sheffield is hosting the Productivity Insights Network conference, which brings a number of leading figures together to advance thinking on the productivity puzzle.”

“The Productivity Insights Network is leading a major programme of work bringing together researchers, policymakers, businesses and civil society stakeholders to change the tone of the productivity debate and what this means for people and places across the UK.”

For more information about the Productivity Insights Network, visit: https://productivityinsightsnetwork.co.uk/








Language and translation in international management research

Monday, June 11th, 2018

 

  • Symposium announcement:
    Dr Huiping Xian, Lecturer in Human Resources Management and Organisational Behaviour at Sheffield University Management, is organising a symposium on language and translation at the European Academy of Management Conference 2018


Increasingly, research projects are located across the globe and therefore situated in countries, regions and institutions which are culturally, socially, politically and linguistically diverse.  Researchers collect empirical data that is frequently expressed in local languages. Yet at the crucial moment of dissemination of knowledge and in particular at the publication stage, English is often recognised as the only legitimate language, as if it captures the experience of all ‘others’.

The symposium is located in a field of inquiry, which concerns itself with the role of languages and translation in international business/management research. Currently, this research stream focuses on the existence of language diversity at international workplaces. The symposium takes the ideas emanating from this body of work forward by asking more specific questions about the role of translation as a concomitant aspect of language diversity. Questions which will be addressed pertain to designing, conducting, reporting and disseminating international research. These include aspects relating to philosophical-ontological questions, the empirical research process, and the role of English in the publication world.

Panelists with expertise in international research will share their experience and explore theoretical, methodological and practical issues in both quantitative and qualitative research. Three broad themes will be explored:

  • Publish or perish – in English: This contribution explores implicit, unacknowledged assumptions about the publication of research accounts written in English in order to achieve the status of legitimate, recognisable and valid knowledge. This assumption is supported by references to journal ranking lists, which provide an institutionally sanctioned tool to categorise the value of published knowledge. This theme focuses on the ‘consequences of knowledge’ and provides practical ideas about how to challenge this English language dominance without endangering its power as a bridging language to capture empirical and conceptual diversity through translation.
  • Translation in empirical projects: This theme explores crucial issues in the translation process, such as who translates, what and how, how to report this into written research accounts, what gets left out, or added on in the translation process, what gets created? In the symposium, we will discuss protocols how to report such data in written research account.
  • Translation of bodies of knowledge: This theme focuses on the dissemination of knowledge to a multilingual audience. Western bodies of knowledge serving as a guiding conceptual framework in ‘other’ contexts have been considered as standard practice in international research. We will explore different ways of developing indigenous research/knowledge. Issues of training next generation of international researchers will also be discussed.

This workshop will be of interest to researchers and doctoral candidates undertaking research in a language other than English, and to academics, who are native English speakers but working in multi-cultural and multi-lingual projects.

 

Symposium Title: Multilingual research, monolingual publication: Language & translation in international management research

Organiser: Dr Huiping Xian, University of Sheffield

Time: 21st June, 14:00-15:30

Venue: Arnagardar Building A201, University of Iceland

Chair: Professor Susanne Tietze, Sheffield Hallam University

Discussants:

  • Professor Bill Lee, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Huiping Xian, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Philippe Lecomte, Toulouse Business Schoool
  • Dr Nan Jiang, University of Westminster
  • Dr Outila Virpi, Aalto University
  • Dr Natalie Wilmot, Sheffield Hallam University

The message from Japan – joint conference investigates science/technology innovation and entrepreneurship

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

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A recent conference held jointly between the Management School and Kobe University, held at Osaka Innovation Hub, investigated science and technology innovation and entrepreneurship.

Alongside Kobe’s Vice Dean for the Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation Prof Kenji Kutsuna, Dr Naoko Komori, lecturer in accounting at Sheffield, organised and delivered the successful event which was funded by the Compass to Healthy Life Research Complex Programme.

Dr Komori invited a number of renowned scholars and practitioners to speak at the conference which considered ‘the message from Japan’ in the context of science/technology corporations seeking to improve their competitiveness by fostering entrepreneurship.

About 100 attendees, including academics and business representatives, enjoyed the lively programme which welcomed three keynote speakers. Prof Kentaro Nobeoka, Dean of the Institute of Innovation Research (Hitotsubashi Uni) and author of ‘Thinking Beyond Lean’ led the programme, followed by Prof Dimo Dimov (University of Bath) and AJ Van Bochoven (Head of Strategic Innovation, ‎Cambridge Consultants). They discussed innovation strategies between Japanese and European/UK corporations.

Following the formal programme, a popular networking event was held at the World Beer Museum.

Dr Komori said: “This is a landmark conference that introduces studies on Japan that are largely missing in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship. The kick-off event, held on 21 October, has enabled us to develop a strong research team in the UK that will start to develop research on translating cultural knowledge on Japan in an international arena”.

“This was the third event held by Kobe’s Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation. I’m delighted with the feedback we received from attendees and look forward to starting work on the event for 2018.”

This is the Management School’s second collaborative event with Kobe. Click here to read about prior activities.

Click here to see the conference website.

Entrepreneurship conference showcases regional business expertise

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

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A conference hosted by Sheffield University Management School (SUMS) is taking full advantage of the city region’s vibrant business community.

Organised in collaboration with EFMD, a European management development network based in Brussels, the conference (8-10 March) explores the theme of entrepreneurship within organisations and launches in the Management School’s Middleton lecture theatre with a panel event featuring guests from organisations including Plusnet, Tech North and KPMG.

Attracting academics from all over Europe and the US, its influence, which draws on Sheffield’s business strengths, will have global impact. Chair of the conference, Professor Tim Vorley, said: “Researchers and practitioners in the field of entrepreneurship continue to push the boundaries about what we understand about entrepreneurs and how they operate. This has important implications for entrepreneurship education, both in terms of what leading businesses and management schools teach and how they teach it.

“Entrepreneurship inside organisations is an area of management education that is growing in interest. We’re delighted to be pairing with EFMD on leading this renowned annual event – welcoming input from the region’s business community is essential to its success.”

Guests on the panel include Andy Baker, CEO of Plusnet whose career at BT saw him take leadership roles in WiFi and gaming; business leader Douglas Dawson from the Liberty Industries Group who brings his exceptional global knowledge; Laura Bennett from Tech North, whose experience in entrepreneurship and organisational development sees her lead their Founders Network; KPMG’s Head of South Yorkshire region Philippa Sanderson; and Palie Smart from Cranfield School of Management whose interests encapsulate innovation and technology management.

EFMD runs and awards the EQUIS accreditation, one of SUMS’ triple crown accreditors which positions it in the top one per cent of business and management schools worldwide.

Click here to view the programme for the conference.

Prof Latreille amongst high profile speakers at workplace mediation conference

Friday, February 10th, 2017

A packed Civil Mediation Council (CMC) workplace mediation conference held in the Old Library of Lloyd’s of London on 1 February enjoyed an interactive session from Chair in Management at SUMS, Prof Paul Latreille.

His focus on workplace conflict gathered on-the-spot data from the audience via polling technology, revealing that nearly three-quarters (71%) of the senior-level delegates were from the private sector, suggesting a growing interest in mediation there. The demand for practical help was equally clear – 78% had been aware of or experienced workplace conflict over the previous year, and the top three costs of workplace conflict identified by the poll were: the damaging impact on management time; reduced engagement and performance among parties in conflict; and the costs of absenteeism.

Some of Paul’s written reports produced for Acas, including a recent study of a conflict resolution system in an NHS Trust (see below), were also referenced by their chairman Sir Brendan Barber.

The conference brought together practitioners from a range of organisations including speakers from the BBC, Sony, the NHS and Tesco, and explored an array of areas in workplace mediation and conflict. Caroline Sheridan, Chair of the CMC Workplace and Employment Group, said: “Mediation is enjoying considerable momentum as a core business process for employee engagement and conflict resolution. We have focused on the arguments and strategies to fuel the momentum and to develop confidence in anticipating and addressing the most likely challenges.”

Paul continued: “It was a great privilege to address delegates at this event. By incorporating live data, my session benefited from current information and a highly engaged audience – we were able to identify and explore some of the greatest challenges we face in the workplace conflict arena, on the spot.”

Paul has since been invited to speak at a series of similar CMC regional events later in the year, with the provisional schedule including Bristol in June, Birmingham in October and the North East.

Read Paul’s reports on workplace conflict and mediation by clicking on the links below:

Real-world insight: Our students pitch AECOM entrepreneurship expertise

Friday, December 9th, 2016

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Entrepreneurship is about more than individuals starting businesses – in fact increasingly, big businesses are thinking and working more entrepreneurially.

As a part of our MSc Entrepreneurship and Management, students pitched ideas for entrepreneurship inside an organisation to directors at AECOM, a multinational engineering firm.

The module leader, Dr Chay Brooks, emphasised the importance of working with AECOM on the module, explaining: “Visiting AECOM is a great opportunity for our students and is a part of the learning experience, the contribution of AECOM to the module brings the realities of entrepreneurial activity in a corporate setting to life.”

This semester, students have studied the theory and practice of how big businesses are looking to create environments that encourage employees to be more entrepreneurial, while continuing to deliver their core business. Our collaboration with AECOM gives students a unique opportunity to see how an organisation with over 90,000 employees is changing its working practices to become more innovative and entrepreneurial. As a part of the module students have had guest lecturers by AECOM staff that provide real-world insights, and as a part of their final assessment they presented their recommendations for them to become a more entrepreneurial organisation.

Professor Tim Vorley, Director of the Centre for Regional for Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), who developed the relationship with AECOM, said: “Taking our students out of the Management School to present their work in a corporate environment is a fantastic opportunity for them, and it is great to see them rising to the challenge as they pitch their ideas.”

The MSc Entrepreneurship and Management provides students with an understanding of entrepreneurship in different countries and contexts, as well as from start-ups to corporate organisation.

In 2017 Sheffield University Management School is hosting the EFMD Entrepreneurship Education Conference, the theme of which focuses on ‘Entrepreneurship inside Organisations’. This area of entrepreneurship education is of growing in interest to business and management schools, and is one in which Sheffield is a leading by example.

Click here to find out more about the conference.

Eastern influence: Dr Shaban discusses corporate finance for SMEs in Asia

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Reader in Finance at the Management School, Dr Mohamed Shaban, is making an impression in Asian finance networks.

His research into corporate finance, with a particular focus on funding availability for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Asia, has seen him deliver a series of high-level keynotes across the continent.

Following on from a successful conference in Brunei, hosted by the International Finance and Banking Society (IFABS), of which he is vice-president, Mohamed travelled to the island of Lombok, Indonesia, to address the BPK which is the supreme audit board of Indonesia – responsible for auditing state-owned government entities (pictured below, left). The international seminar reviewed the efficiency and financial stability of their local development bank – he spoke on its importance and how it should contribute to local economies by supporting SMEs.

Similar to other emerging economies, the Indonesian economy faces challenges of weak institutions, weak law enforcement, corruption and politically directed lending. The BPK is using Mohamed’s research to conduct an efficiency audit on Indonesian banks.

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In October, Mohamed was invited to Tokyo to deliver a keynote speech at an international conference hosted by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI, pictured above centre), the research arm of the Asian Development Bank. Amongst other research, policy makers and industry experts he discussed the lack of access to lending for micro-SMEs (MSMEs) in Asia – a key area of development as sustainable capacity building becomes core to future prosperity. Mohamed proposed that the ADBI would benefit from creating local units which deal directly with MSMEs; with this, a dialogue between banks and organisations will begin – reducing banks’ perception of entrepreneurs as agents and reluctance to lend, whilst increasing trust, quality and frequency of reporting.

A further suggestion from Mohamed proposes that SMEs employs or train managers, arguing that the entrepreneur lacks managerial experience. Employment of management staff is something he’s seen great success with in industry with organisations seeing a ten-fold growth in profits. This is the focus of Mohamed’s new research project.

Finally, Mohamed gave keynotes to executives from the Chinese banking industry at the 2016 China-UK Financial Talent Education Meeting on Banking (pictured above right). This was organised in October in Guangzhou in collaboration with Guangzhou Tianhe Central Business District Administrative Committee and the UK Department for International Trade. Around 200 senior executives from commercial banks in Guangdong Province attended this meeting. Mohamed’s keynote was on China’s banking sector. He focused on opening new banks to serve SMEs which are significant in Asia, representing up to 99% of business.

Mohamed was also invited to join a high profile panel which was composed of senior executives from Central Bank of China and other major Chinese banks to discuss the global trends in banking and its implications for Chinese financial sector.

By applying his research to these organisations, Mohamed is making a difference to the development of policy and emerging economies across Asia.

Global entrepreneurship education conference comes to the Management School

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

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Sheffield University Management School is hosting the 2017 EFMD Entrepreneurship Education Conference, from 8- 10 March 2017.

As home to the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), a team of researchers focused on enterprise and entrepreneurship, whose expertise feeds into our Masters in Entrepreneurship and Management, the School is committed to advancing knowledge through research insights and communicating its work to policymaking and practitioner communities to promote stronger entrepreneurial environments in the UK and internationally.

Director of CREED, Professor Tim Vorley, is leading the event. He said: “Researchers and practitioners in the field of entrepreneurship continue to push the boundaries about what we understand about entrepreneurs and how they operate. This has important implications for entrepreneurship education, both in terms of what leading businesses and management schools teach and how they teach it.

“Entrepreneurship education is no longer characterised by classes on start-up and business plan assessments. Over the past five years the EFMD Entrepreneurship Education Conference has showcased a range of pedagogic approaches and practices at the frontiers of the field. In 2017 the theme of the EFMD conference focuses on ‘Entrepreneurship inside Organisations’ as an area of entrepreneurship and management education that is growing in interest.”

Working closely with businesses and organisations of all sizes, both on our doorstep and globally, is essential to all aspects of Sheffield University Management School; by doing this our research is informed by practitioners, our students benefit from a comprehensive employability programme, and we know we’re teaching cutting-edge material across all courses.

Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, Dr Robert Wapshott, said: “Students at business schools, from graduates to executives, are increasingly concerned with the question of how to foster entrepreneurship inside organisations, which for academics and entrepreneurship educators leads us to rethink the learning environments we’re developing. Through the conference participants will be encouraged to reflect upon their own professional practice.”

The notion of entrepreneurial practices occurring within organisations is increasingly regarded as a driver of productivity and profitability. During the conference, keynotes, sessions and workshops will explore how companies have come to approach the challenge of becoming more entrepreneurial and what this means for entrepreneurial education and entrepreneurial educators.

Click here to find out more and book your place.

SUMS hosts BAFA corporate governance conference

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Sharif Khalid and Jill Atkins at the Management School are welcoming paper submissions for the BAFA (British Accounting & Finance Association) Special Interest Group on Corporate Governance conference, to be held at Sheffield University Management School on 21 December 2016.

The theme is qualitative research in governance and accountability. The conference will bring together academic researchers from around the world where points of discussion will include: governance mechanisms (such as boards, committees and NEDs); accountability mechanisms (audits, stakeholder engagement, shareholder relations); governance and accountability issues in emerging and developing economies; social and environmental accounting, accountability, auditing and governance; and codes of practice (their effectiveness and development).

Sharif said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming guests to Sheffield, and to discussing such a fascinating, fast-moving subject. There’s a long standing tradition of quantitative research into corporate governance, but recently many researchers in the area have moved towards a qualitative manner of understanding. We want to focus on the rich results and understanding that good quantitative research can lead to.”

An invited guest speaker will be announced in due course; there will also be a research methods session for doctoral researchers, as well as a facilitated doctoral stream.

Sharif and Jill are calling for abstracts to be submitted to j.f.atkins@sheffield.ac.uk by 31 August 2016. Papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of the journal Qualitative Research in Financial Markets. Click here to read more about the conference.

Established finance conference heads to Brunei

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Following a successful series of conferences, the International Finance and Banking Society (IFABS) are gearing up for their next big event.

Mohamed Shaban, reader in finance at Sheffield University Management School and vice president of IFABS, is a member of the Asia 2016 Brunei Conference Executive Committee. He looks forward to the event which is themed around ‘Corporate Finance Decisions in a Changing Global Environment’.

He said: “IFABS’s next event is in Brunei on 16-18 August, hosted by the Universiti Teknologi Brunei and the Central Bank of Brunei, in collaboration with the Universities of Oxford, Nottingham, Sheffield and Hull.

“The conferences are engaging, interactive events and in Brunei we look forward to welcoming four fantastic keynote speakers from academia and private organisations, alongside other presenters with papers and posters to discuss.”

The conference’s prominent keynote speakers include Prof William Megginson from the University of Oklahoma, Professor Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute, Yusof Abdul Rahman, Managing Director of Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam, and Ashishkumar Chauhan, CEO of the Bombay Stock Exchange.

A lively social programme runs alongside the conference, also serving as an opportunity to network for impact case collaboration and internationalisation activities. At the last event in June, around 350 delegates attended from over 54 countries, so it a truly international affair.

Click here to find out more about the Brunei conference.