Archives for July 27th, 1998

CAN SPECIALISTS BE GENERAL MANAGERS ?

Abstracts, PublicNet: 27 July, 1998

Developing paradoxical thinking in middle managers

Clarke M
Journal of Management Development, (UK), Vol 17 No 3 98
Start page: 191 No of pages: 16

Summarizes the changes that have taken place in the middle managers’ role and in the way that they are expected to carry out their managerial responsibilities, reducing their role as a technical expert and increasing the need for them to possess more generalist managerial skills. Considers how these changes have affected the way that middle managers see their jobs and their position within the organization, describing the need for them to adjust to the contradictions within the new situation. Suggests that paradoxical thinking might hold the answer, explaining how it could help managers to deal with uncertainty and change. Outlines the work done in Cranfield School of Management (UK) in this area, describing their ‘general management for specialists programme’ which aims to help middle and senior managers to develop a general management perspective by introducing them to the concept of paradoxical thinking and training them in new approaches to problem solving and decision making.

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CHILDREN LOOKED AFTER BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES ON THE INCREASE

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 July, 1998

The number of children being looked after by local authorities is increasing year on year according to according to figures published today.

Nearly ninety thousand children are looked after at any one point in time by local authorities in England.

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BIGGER PRESCRIPTION FRAUD SQUAD WILL CRACKDOWN 100 MILLION POUND LOSS

Headlines, PublicNet: 27 July, 1998

Health Minister Alan Milburn today announced a major recruitment drive to boost by 50 per cent the number of staff centrally tackling the 100 million pound annual cost of prescription fraud in the NHS.

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MANAGING LEARNING IN ORGANIZATIONS

Book News, PublicNet: 27 July, 1998

David Casey

“This is an interesting and useful book written by a leading and widely respected consultant and learning facilatator.”
– Human Resource Management Journal.

“…the concepts and cases are fascinating… extremely thought provoking…well worth buying.” – Action Learning News

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