A study on 'Delivering practice based stories of small and medium enterprise', authored by Dr Robert Smith and Dr Charles Juwah from Robert Gordon University's (RGU) Aberdeen Business School, was chosen as one of the top five management articles in the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Management Articles of the Year competition, which aims to bridge the gap between academic management research and practising managers working in UK organisations.
Dr Robert Smith and Dr Charles Juwah's article entitled 'Delivering practice based stories of small and medium enterprise' explores how traditionally delivering academic input to members of the small and medium enterprise community can be problematic because the material is often considered too theoretical or is skewed towards delivery to post graduate or paying corporate clients who dictate the curricula. The practice based article discusses an innovative, funded course "Going for Growth" delivered to small business people using complementary practice based stories.
CMI issued a challenge to the academic community, inviting academics to submit research for professional managers to review. The article shortlist was selected through a two stage process. First, articles entered into the competition are reviewed and rated online by CMI's membership for their usefulness to practising managers. Secondly the articles achieving the highest average ratings were scrutinised by CMI Academic Advisory Council, a committee made up of leading academics drawn from across the United Kingdom.
The other four articles that made the top five were submitted by University of Bradford School of Management, Bath School of Management, Lancaster University Management School and Aston Business School.
Ann Francke, chief executive of CMI, said: "There is some truly excellent management research taking place in the UK – but more needs to be done to make sure this research finds its way to the UK's management workforce. Through the Management Articles of the Year competition, we're looking to build a bank of the best, most accessible, relevant management articles available, and ensure they get shared with practitioners on the ground – helping to raise the standards of management and benefitting UK Plc as a whole. This is the first initiative of its kind and we hope to see it grow and grow in the months and years to come."
Dr Robert Smith, Reader in Entrepreneurship at RGU's, Aberdeen Business School said: "My colleague Charles Juwah and I are both extremely delighted to be chosen as one of the CMI top 5 Management Articles of 2011. The CMI Management Articles series is a wonderful bridge between the theoretical and the practical and I would encourage other scholars to participate".
CMI launched the new initiative with the dual aims of ensuring business school research meets business needs and directing time-poor managers to the research that will help them most. The competition helps meet priorities set out by the Government for universities to work more closely with businesses. It is also in line with research funding criteria which require academics to demonstrate research impact, and enables business schools to get practical feedback from the managers the research is meant to benefit.
Encouraging and recognising accessible academic writing and bringing it to the attention of practising managers is a key part of CMI's commitment to improving the quality and integrity of managers and leaders who will, in turn, help their organisations perform better. The CMI Management Articles of the Year initiative is supported by the British Academy of Management, the Advanced Institute of Management Research, the Association of Business Schools, and the British Library, and is sponsored by John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
Notes to Editor:
CMI is the only chartered professional body dedicated to raising standards of management and leadership across all sectors of UK commerce and industry. CMI is the founder of the National Occupational Standards for Management and Leadership and sets the standards that others follow.
Dr. Charles Juwah Biography: Dr Charles Juwah is a Teaching Fellow and Senior Educational Development Officer at the Department for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Assessment (DELTA), Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. Charles' interests are in the use of diverse pedagogies to promote effective learning and the enhancement of the student experience.
Robert Smith Biography: Robert Smith is a Reader in Entrepreneurship and Leadership at the Aberdeen Business School, The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. His research interests are eclectic but his primary research focus is on study of entrepreneurship in different settings and applications including the socially constructed nature of entrepreneurship and thus entrepreneurial identity, semiotics, narrative and storytelling in organizations including small and family business. He has published over 70 journal articles and book chapters to date many of which have narrative themes. Robert is also The Scottish Institute for Policing (SIPR) Lecturer on Leadership and Management.
All five articles are available to download in full in pdf form at www.managers.org.uk/articlesoftheyear
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