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COMPOSITE project comes to Sheffield

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Comparative Police Studies in the EU (COMPOSITE) is a major new European Union Framework 7 funded research programme valued at 6.6 million Euros. Based on a study of police forces across Europe, COMPOSITE aims to improve the planning and execution of change initiatives in the police, identifying how these activities can be better aligned with the cultural and societal context per country and explaining how negative process effects can be mitigated. The project also aims to improve individual police organisation per country and joint European capabilities.

The consortium consists of 15 research partners and 25 police forces in 10 European Union countries. The programme itself is made of eleven separate Work Packages.

Dr Kamal Birdi (Institute of Work Psychology, Management School, University of Sheffield) is leading Work Package 3 ‘Knowledge sharing capabilities and best practices in police organisations’ . This has received funding of £333,000 and will run from August 2010 to July 2014. The research objectives are:

1. To develop a framework for understanding knowledge-sharing practices between police organisations across Europe. This framework will comprehend knowledge sharing at three levels of complexity: communication, cooperation and collaboration.

2. Assess individual and organisational barriers and enablers to knowledge sharing.

3. Develop a diagnostic tool to assess the Knowledge Sharing Capabilities of an organisation.

The project is intended to enhance both the understanding and practice of organisational learning in police forces.

Dr Birdi has worked with a wide variety of pubic and private sector organisations and has published widely in both national and international journals. He is a fully Chartered Occupational Psychologist with the British Psychological Society/Health Professions Council and is Director of one of the UK’s leading MScs in Occupational Psychology at the University of Sheffield.

Building winning communities for Olympic success

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Geoff Nichols has recently received a grant from the Knowledge Transfer Rapid Response fund to conduct research with Manchester Event Volunteers (MEV) to explore ways of developing volunteering opportunities for the future.  Established after the 2002 Commonwealth Games, MEV is supported by Manchester City Council and was set up to develop a range of volunteering opportunities and to develop the human legacy of the Games.  MEV acts as a broker, feeding events into the NW of England and contributing an essential sector of the tourism labour force.

The research will explore MEV’s success in developing volunteer programmes and the expectations of volunteers and event managers  to inform public policy for the 2012 Olympics and beyond and how this might be used to create a legacy of volunteering.

Increasing volunteering has economic benefits for local tourism, creates opportunities for sports participation and delivers a great deal of personal satisfaction to participants.

The research will be conducted in collaboration with Rita Ralston at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Management School Academic funded by Ofgem to tackle problem for CE-Electric

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Dr Andrew Brint has recently been awarded £22,000 through Ofgem’s Innovative Funding Initiative to help CE-Electric solve a problem. Utility distribution network owners need to ensure that their networks (electricity, water, gas, roads) are maintained to a sufficient level to meet their service requirements. However asset condition information for items such as individual 11kV switchgear is collected infrequently over long periods of time. This means that a recently determined overall condition index is often only known for a proportion of the assets. Detailed knowledge of the conditions of the other assets stems from when they were last inspected which typically could be 10 years ago. However, it is important to be able to accurately estimate the number of assets currently in each overall condition index interval (e.g. between 0 and 1, between 1 and 2, etc.) for planning purposes. Hence information from the older inspections of items that have not recently been inspected, is still important but is just less reliable than information from items that have recently been observed. Combining these sources of information together is not a problem covered by standard statistical theory. Consequently the project developed a number of estimation procedures and compared their performance in a variety of circumstances with the aim of identifying a technique (or techniques) that was easy to implement in Excel and that provided accurate predictions.