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In this section we have taken the latest in management thinking and condensed it into concise, easy-to-read articles, designed to help you turn theory into practice.

From our database of over 85,000 articles we handpick the most pertinent issues for today’s manager in order to provide an action-based insight into the world of business.

Critical leadership challenges: how to build a flexible and responsive organization

As organizations operate in an increasingly borderless world where work is performed across various cultures, geographies and time zones, modern strategies and approaches for effective, global leadership are a necessity. Yet, IBM's Global Chief Human Officer study (to which more than 700 HR executives and workforce strategists around the world contributed) reveals that organizations continue to struggle to resolve a number of critical leadership challenges.

Sporting lessons can help to forge business success admirer

The traditional view of sporting leaders is of controlling, authoritarian types who rule by fear. Sportsmen and women in any field will not, however, respond indefinitely to the stick. Once they realize that their boss has nothing more to offer and that they will be castigated whether they perform well or not, they will lose any incentive to raise their game

Book Review: Sustainability in Austerity

Challenging the status quo, doing more with less, and delivering on sustainability issues. This book is designed to guide and inspire local government bodies in taking action on a range of sustainability and related environmental and social issues.

Challenges for online privacy: the use of cookies in social media

The pros and cons of mass self-communication are linked to notions of "user empowerment" and "user disempowerment". Empowerment in the general sense is defined as "enabling people to control their own lives and to take advantage of opportunities" or in other words "a process, a mechanism by which people, organizations, and communities gain mastery over their affairs."

Decision-making power in health care organizations

Power is not a very popular concept in health care because it refers to health care professionals' exercise of power over patients. However, health care organizations are, like any other organization, systems of power. Organizations are complex systems of individuals and coalitions, where everyone has their own interests, beliefs, values, preferences and angles. Owing to limited resources, there is competition, which results in conflicts. The actors whose roles are more critical for the organization gain more power.

Frequent knowledge sharing in multicultural organizations

Promoting knowledge creation and knowledge sharing within organizations is an essential challenge in today's business environment. Knowledge sharing is argued to lead to better performance due to improved decision making and better coordination.

Does pay satisfaction affect motivation and job satisfaction?

No other incentive or motivational technique comes close to money. Such a quotation reflects the dominant view that pay-for-performance incentive systems have a motivational effect. In fact, many feel that the primary aim of incentives is to enhance extrinsic motivation by satisfying an individual employee's needs indirectly through means of pay and bonuses.

Harold Resnick: the acquisition deal is done. Now what?

Most acquisitions are made with the expectation that one plus one will equal three. Unfortunately, post-acquisition analysis too often reveals a result that is something less than two. Why is this so? Harold Resnick has earned international recognition as a leading authority and innovator in organizational transformation and leadership development. Here he sets out guidelines for managing post-acquisition analysis.

The crucial role of the customer in new product development

The linkage between new product development (NPD) and inter-firm relationships has received increased attention both in research and practice. A number of key success factors have been identified, many of which are related to the crucial role of customers and suppliers. In particular, being able to access rich information and knowledge from key customers provides an understanding of the customers' problems and needs, which again is a critical success factor for the developer.

Forget the competency models: leadership starts with the leader

Leadership competency models, although apparently a good idea, hinder rather than help individuals in the development of their leadership capabilities. Given the sound history of modelling in so many other spheres and disciplines, it would seem that extending this kind of benchmarking to leadership ought to be beneficial. Yet this thinking is fundamentally flawed. Leadership competency models inhibit leadership development.