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A study on ‘The need to get more, from less’, authored by a mother and daughter team of academics from the University of Bradford School of Management and Real World Group, has been chosen as the inaugural winner of 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.

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.

CMI issued a challenge to the academic community, inviting academics to submit research for professional managers to review. Submitted articles were reviewed online and given a usefulness rating by CMI members and those with the best ratings were then scrutinised by the CMI Academic Advisory Council, a committee made up of leading academics from across the UK. The following articles were then selected to make up the top five and an overall winner awarded the ‘Management Article of the Year’ title:

  • The need to get more for less: a new model of engaging transformational leadership and evidence of its effect on team productivity, staff morale and wellbeing at work by Prof. Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe, University of Bradford School of Management, and Juliette Alban-Metcalfe, Real World Group (overall winner)
  • Against the tyranny of PowerPoint: technology-in-use and technology abuse by Prof. Yiannis Gabriel, Bath School of Management Delivering practice based stories of small and medium enterprise by Dr Robert Smith and Dr Charles Juwah, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University
  • Leading through change: To what extent is a transformational approach appropriate during unprecedented restructuring of the police? by Ian Hesketh, Lancaster University Management School
  • Rethinking change: downsizing businesses, changing behaviours and still managing to come out on top by Dr Michael J.R. Butler of Aston Business School, David Crundwell, a communications and change management professional, and Professor Mike Sweeney of Cranfield University

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.

‘The need to get more for less’ was chosen as the overall winner because it achieved the highest average rating from CMI members. The article explores the importance of employee engagement, and what forms of leadership produce high levels of engagement, as well as proposing a model of ‘engaging, transformational leadership’, based on research amongst over 4,500 public and private sector (FTSE100) staff. It finds that leadership is most engaging when it consists of genuine partnership, united around a shared vision, and creates an environment where empowerment, appreciation, curiosity, experimentation, questioning the status quo and learning are highly valued – and where these values are not just confined to leadership roles.

Ann Francke, chief executive of CMI, said: “This important initiative helps bridge the gap between theory and practice by allowing today’s managers to rate which academic articles they find most useful. This not only helps raise management standards by sharing the latest in research and best practice with leaders, but also encourages academics to focus their efforts on news that makes a difference in the management world- a win for both parties. It is our hope that we will build a bank of relevant articles that represent the best of both worlds.”

Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe, co-author of the winning article said: “The creation of this award by CMI, at a time of un-paralleled challenge to UK organisations, will hopefully encourage academics to translate their academic research findings into a form that makes practical sense to busy managers and professionals, and by doing so, inspire, enrich, and multiply the benefits to all involved.”

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