Archives for May 10th, 2000

SUPPORTING THE SOFT SIDE OF BPR

Abstracts, PublicNet: 10 May, 2000

Marjanovic OBusiness Process Management Journal, (UK), 2000 Vol 6 No 1

Start page: 43. No of pages: 11

Investigates the human aspects of business process re-engineering (BPR), focusing on how IT, such as group support systems (GSS) can support this perspective of BPR and reduce resistance to change. Argues that the human side of BPR requires a strategy that: identifies employee attitudes towards reengineering and their objections to it; recognizes the threatening nature of BPR; explains the need for change; involves employees in the process; and aims to improve communications at all organizational levels. Examines the links between information technology and BPR.. Describes the process of GSS technology through its preparation phase, the electronic session of the process, and the evaluation phase.

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SUPER BEACON SCHOOLS WIN CASH

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 May, 2000

The 48 schools which will be given ‘Training School’ status from September will receive 100,000 pounds over the next three years. Most of the schools that achieved this new status are among the 200 taking part in the beacon scheme which was launched in 1998. Some 130 schools applied for super beacon status and the winners demonstrated that they had something special to offer in sharing good practice and innovation.In return for the funding the schools will share the best of their existing practice with other schools in a range of areas, such as assessment and recording, literacy and numeracy, managing and mentoring newly qualified teachers, and working with classroom assistants. They will also be expected to pioneer new approaches to ITT and become involved in research.

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LONG TERM CARE RE-THINK CALL

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 May, 2000

The King’s Fund has called on the Government to re-think long term care and the way it is funded. The report ‘Funding Long-Term Care: Reshaping the debate’, highlights the need for fundamental reforms of long-term care and how it is funded rather than tinkering with the rules of the current system. It describes the opportunity to create a coherent welfare system that responds to the real needs of older people.The current system of long-term care funding drives people into residential care when they do not need it and encourages hospitals to discharge people before proper home support can be arranged. It has created unnecessary complexity and confusion, leaving many vulnerable people without adequate support and others facing grave financial loss.

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