Issues like the Enron scandal (where the Chief Executive was found guilty of 18 counts of fraud, conspiracy and insider trading) and the VW emissions scandal (where technology was used to cheat emissions testing protocol and a range of other scandals) show that unethical and unprincipled decision-making and leadership is not an uncommon problem and is most likely occurring right now behind closed boardroom doors in some organisation or other.

The damage done by unprincipled and unethical leadership can be... go to…nterview-podcast/ to get the rest of this post and a full transcript and free research briefings


More and more organisations are turning to big data to inform their decision-making, however they are finding that all is not well when they try to use big data.

A new study by researcher Maryam Ghasemaghaei and Goran Calic from De Grot Business School at McMaster University looking at why organisations often end up abandoning the use of Big Data in their decision making, makes for some useful and interesting reading. 

In this podcast I interview Dr. Maryam Ghasemaghaei about her research and findings.

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Social norms are the rules that guide and constrain behaviours within any culture or society and both stem from and control what is appropriate behaviour within that environment. Social norms are the arbiters of order, organisation and structure within any society. However, despite the fact that they regulate social interactions and maintain order within a society, norm violations are frequent.


A number of previous studies have found that in many societies, regular and blatant norm violators tend to be controlled, often in subtle ways, and they are frequently prevented from being able to gain positions of influence.

 These are normal parts of everyday life, but the questions are: 

  1. Why do some people violate social norms?
  2. How are norm violators controlled and their influence restricted?
  3. Why and who are the arbiters of social norm following?

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One of the big themes emerging from the management and organisational development literature at the moment is that of organisational ambidexterity.

A problem that has dogged many organisations is how to continue to exploit its existing capabilities whilst at the same time developing and exploring new ones.

A new study and review... To see the transcript, references and more go to:

Mentors have long played a significant role in the development of individuals within organisations. One of the more successful approaches to mentoring has been inter-organisational schemes where mentors from other organisations help new and developing leaders and managers to get to grips with their role and to see things from different perspectives...

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Being able to persuade or sell to others effectively is a core part of many people’s occupation and position. For example, leaders need to persuade followers, managers need to persuade employees and, generally, many people are put in a position where they are trying to persuade others about ideas, concepts and products. The art of persuasion has received much attention over the years from researchers and authors.

Whilst many people and organisations don't like to think of it like this, getting people to accept ideas, practices and change is in fact a sales process. A number of previous studies have shown that storytelling is a hugely effective method of persuasion and selling.

A new (2019) study looking at the impact of storytelling on sales and persuasion and on the effect of teaching people to use storytelling throughout the sales/persuasion process has just been published which looks at the impact of teaching students to incorporate storytelling into their sales processes.

In this podcast Sarah Smith (Contributing Editor) and David Wilkinson (Editor-in-Chief) look at how to use stories to sell ideas and products. 

When Employees get pissed off: Employee dissent spirals and how to deal with them as a manager

It is estimated that somewhere between 50 and 70% of employees, will, at some point in their employment feel that the organisation has wronged, mistreated or let them down in some way.

These issues are referred to as psychological contract breaches. This is where an employee feels that the organisation has failed to fulfil its obligations to them. Over the years there has been a considerable amount of research attention looking at these psychological contract breaches and their effect.

Psychological contract breaches and dissent spirals (explained in the podcast) can occur at any time but are particularly prevalent in times of organisational change.

In this podcast David looks at new research about how to deal with perceived psychological contract breaches and prevent dissent spirals, which can lead to all sorts of negative consequences for the employee, the managers and the organisation. 


Getting people to take responsibility for their own learning and helping to drive and engage in Communities of Practice is often hard work and frequently fails. The question is why? A research briefing sent to members in 2016 shows why it is difficult to get people to take responsibility for their own learning and engage in things like communities of practice and importantly what to do about it. 

#learning #CoPs #CommunitiesOfPractice #autonomy #TakeResponsibility #Coaching

Is the use of strengths at work as powerful as we might think? What are the factors that matter?

Keywords: Character, signature strengths, well-being, organisational behaviour, trait affect, job satisfaction, job strain

Many organisations today recognise the benefits of leveraging the positive qualities of employees, as well as minimising any problematic areas. Research in the field of positive organisational scholarship suggests this approach is well placed, with positive outcomes being seen from the development of employees’ strengths, maximising positive emotional states, and encouraging flourishing. In particular, the use of signature strengths at work has been associated with a variety of positive outcomes over the long term.

In this episode Sarah and David discuss some new research around the use of individual, personal or character strengths in organisational contexts.

In this podcast David provides a research briefing on some new research looking at the effects of corporate reputation on the people who work inside the organisation and the organisation’s performance in the market and has made some interesting finding.

#research #reputation #orgdev #corporatereputation #oxfordreview


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