Value of Research for Managers: Effectively Working Through Complexity

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Date of event: 5 November 2014
Event ends: 5 November 2014
Start time: 13:30
End time: 14:30
Value of Research for Managers: Effectively Working Through Complexity

In a world of ever greater complexity, managers face the challenge of making sense of the pressures and demands made on them and their organisation. Nada Kakabadse, Professor of Policy, Governance and Ethics at Henley Business School discussed how doctoral research considerably enhances the problem solving and consulting skills of managers.

 

A webinar for Henley Business School alumni

 

Date: Wednesday 5 November 2014

Time: 12:30 - 13:30 GMT 

 

Alumni were invited to join us for a special webinar on ‘Value of Research for Managers’ with Professor Nada Kakabadse, Professor of Policy, Governance and Ethics at Henley Business School. 

In a world of ever greater complexity, managers face the challenge of making sense of the contrasting pressures and demands made on them and their organisation. Emerging from that analysis they need to provide a compelling argument on how to move forward. Logical deduction, data gathering, modelling and presentation of the nature of current circumstance and how to work through them, is becoming the norm.

As the mechanism for working through complexity, this webinar discussed why doctoral studies are of distinct relevance for managers.

The question ‘Why pursue research?’ is supported by an overview of the nature of science and the types of research that can be undertaken. Inevitably all research requires consideration of trade-offs as does the reality of any manager’s life, so whether to pursue scientific knowledge or practitioner knowledge is central to each inquiry. Terms such as ‘logic’, ‘concept’, ‘theory’ and ‘hypothesis’ were scrutinised so that a clear understanding of research language is evident to each enquirer.

Attention was also given to research design and methodology. Further, the reason for choice of topic and how to emerge with a focused, pragmatic and workable research question was given great attention. In fact, emerging with a core research question is primary to effective doctoral research.

Discussion then focussed on what data is to be gathered with a particular emphasis on how to undertake qualitative research and work with other managers and gain their confidence for them to discuss their experience, opinions and expectations.

Research facilitates the development of critical skills such as logical thinking, reflexivity and how to pull together contrasting information and emerge with plausible, evidence based argument.

The ultimate benefit for managers is the development of a logical, systematic, evidence based mind-set which helps each rethink their situation and structure persuasive argument.  Research considerably enhances the problem solving and consulting skills of managers. 

 

Online Booking

This webinar has now taken place.

 

The Henley Alumni Webinar Series

Part of the new programme of alumni events organised by the Alumni Relations team, this was the second webinar in the 2014-15 academic year.

The webinars will all be scheduled to take place around UK lunchtime. This will allow the maximum number of Henley alumni in different time zones to participate live in the webinars.

We would like to encourage our alumni around the world to use the webinars as starting points for alumni group activities. Why not organise an alumni meeting in a boardroom with web access and a big screen to participate in this interactive webinar live as a group and continue the discussion afterwards? We hope alumni groups will take the webinars as an opportunity to organise some early evening gatherings in Asia and breakfast meetings in the Americas.

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