“If you look at the data, it becomes clear that core management practices can’t be taken for granted. There are vast differences in how well companies execute basic tasks like setting targets and grooming talent, and those differences matter: Firms with strong managerial processes perform significantly better on high-level metrics such as productivity, profitability, growth, and longevity. In addition, the differences in the quality of those processes—and in performance—persist over time, suggesting that competent management is not easy to replicate.”
Source: Immelt, J. R. (2017). Harvard Business Review and available from the link (open access with personal registration).
“How can businesses take practical steps toward a culture of innovation in 2018? How far behind is Australia really in terms of cost competitiveness and what can be done to fix it? What has driven our energy crisis to date and is there any prospect of relief in the year ahead?”
Source: KPMG Australia and available from this link (open access).
“Playing the devil’s advocate or Red Teaming is a good way to avoid the trap you can fall into when ‘grading your own home work’. Asking an outsider to go through your work with an unflinching critical eye, according to Bryce Hoffman, can make good plans great or perhaps even save you from a disaster. In an extended interview he discusses how and why Red Teaming works, its origins, principles, tools and techniques.”
Source: Hoffman, B. (2018). Interview on ABC Radio National Best Practice program (length: 25 mins) and available from this link (open access).
“Studying innovative employee behaviours within knowledge-intensive public sector organizations (KIPSOs) might seem an odd thing to do given the lack of competitive pressures, the limited identification of the costs and benefits of innovative ideas and the lack of opportunities to incentivize employees financially. Nevertheless, KIPSOs require innovations to ensure long-term survival. To help achieve this goal, this paper explores the role of supervisors in supporting innovative work behaviour (IWB) by considering the unique challenges of KIPSOs and the conditions and characteristics of IWB in this context.”
Source: Bos-Nehles, A., Bondarouk, T., & Nijenhuis, K. (2017). The International Journal of Human Resource Management, and available from this link (open access).
“Strategic concepts and practices first evolved in the private sector, so they evoked much controversy when they migrated to the public sector from the late 1970s onwards. Partly this was about their (in)applicability to the distinctive features of government organizations, in particular their focus on public as well as private value, their situation in a political rather than a market environment, their almost exclusive capacity to use legal authority to achieve purposes, and the extent to which they often need to share power over personnel and resources with other public sector agencies.”
Alford, J.; Greve, C. (2017). Administrative Sciences, and available from this link (open access).
Manly Harbour/M. Hardy
“As the Department of Defense (DOD) transitions to a new administration, it will be accompanied by numerous editorials advocating for equipment modernization and changing our theater-specific postures. Many of these discussions will call for altering DOD’s current strategy. In essence, they will reiterate a dogmatic logic among the department’s leadership: the best way to solve a problem is to develop a new strategy. To succeed, we must realize that focusing mainly on strategy will cause us to overlook our greatest advantage—organizational culture.”
Source: Schmidt, M., & Slaughter, R. (2017). Joint Force Quarterly and available from this link (open access).
“This document discusses the gaps in Australia’s emergency management legislation and the coordination of federal, state and local disaster management arrangements in Australia. It analyses key legislation from the UK and US jurisdictions and reveals important lessons that could be adopted in Australia.”
Source: Eburn, M. (2017). ASPI Insights and avilable from this link (open access).
“Some researchers suggest that police professionals see little value in adopting evidence based approaches to tackle policing challenges. To examine this issue, 586 Canadian police professionals were surveyed. We explore responses to one particular question, which caused 353 respondents to reflect on whether they think their agencies enact evidence based policing (EBP) principles in daily operations; specifically, the principles of targeting, testing, and tracking the implementation of new policing strategies.”
Source: Huey, L., Blaskovits, B., Bennell, C., Kalyal, H. J., & Walker, T. (2017). Police Practice and Research, and available from this link (subscription journal).
“In surveys of 106 C-suite executives representing 91 private- and public-sector companies from 17 countries, the author found that a full 85% agreed that their organizations were bad at problem diagnosis, and 87% agreed that this flaw carried significant costs. Fewer than one in 10 said they were unaffected by the issue. What they struggle with, it turns out, is not solving problems but figuring out what the problems are. And creative solutions nearly always come from an alternative explanation for—or a reframing of—your problem. The point of reframing is not to find the “real” problem but, rather, to see if there is a better problem to solve.”
Source: Alahmari, F. (2017). Harvard Business Review, and available from this link (subscription journal).
“This guidebook presents intelligence-led policing (ILP) as a modern and proactive law enforcement model, and a realistic alternative to traditionally reactive forms of policing for OSCE participating States. ILP, which has already been adopted in a number of countries in recent years with promising results, combines intelligence gathering, evaluation and analysis with informed decision-making procedures and mechanisms, thus providing more efficient and effective management of national law enforcement.”
Source: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and available from this link (open access).