Archives for January 10th, 2001

CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING FOR MANAGERS

Book News, PublicNet: 10 January, 2001

Proctor TSidesteps theoretical discussions which definitions and theories invite, to concentrate on what managers can do to become more creative when addressing the challenges they face. Discusses the role of creativity in organisations and blocks to creativity, and provides an overview of several theories of creativity. Offers a framework for the exploration of techniques for stimulating creativity, which consists of objective finding; fact finding; problem finding; idea finding; solution finding; and acceptance finding. Discusses morphological analysis, brainstorming variations, lateral thinking, synectics, computer-assisted problem solving and, somewhat tangentially, evaluation (of creative ideas) and implementing of ideas. Includes plenty of examples and diagrams to illustrate techniques. Does not, however, offer a ‘royal road’ to creative problem solving. Does not constitute an easy read, nor are its examples always as relevant as one would wish.

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GOVERNORLINE – SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL GOVERNORS

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 January, 2001

A national advice line, to be known as GovernorLine, has been launched to give free help to the 370,000 governors of English schools.It offers a freephone number that any governor can use, to talk to legal, employment and other specialists and obtain advice quickly and easily from serving and experienced governors.

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DISCUSSION OPENED ON SCRUTINY

Headlines, PublicNet: 10 January, 2001

Local Government and the NHS have got together to present a single voice in the emerging debate over plans for local scrutiny of the NHS.In anticipation of the second reading of Health and Social Care Bill the NHS Confederation and the Local Government Association have welcomed the Government’s proposals for local authorities to be given powers to scrutinise local NHS services.

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IT TRENDS 2001/2

Abstracts, PublicNet: 10 January, 2001

This survey by SOCITM is based on the responses of over 200 Heads of ICT and more than 100 Directors of Social Services and Chief Executives of Health Trusts. This latter group have informed one of the major features of this year’s report, which is a look at the reality of “joined up” working across one part of the public sector. ‘Joining-up’ is a key aspect of the Government’s modernising programme and the survey looks at the extent to which local authorities and the health service are being successful in their attempts to achieve it. It offers an accurate picture of progress towards local e-government, including details of progress towards the 2005 targets for electronic delivery of services and an assessment of obstacles including financial, organisational and cultural problems. It also shows how local authorities are using ICT to achieve modernisation and best value, as well as providing ICT investment trends including details of the levels and sources of external funding.IT Trends 2001/2 is available as a printed report or in electronic format on a CD ROM. The printed report costs £50 to public sector purchasers,  £250 to Socitm subscribers, and £300 to others. The printed report with the CD ROM costs £140 to the public sector, £400 to Socitm subscribers, and £450 to others. The report can be ordered from www.socitm.gov.uk  http://www.socitm.gov.uk

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