The “systems thinking” approach is a way in which a business looks at its overall organization to determine patterns and develop more effective ways of conducting business. Each problem is considered as a part of the system rather than as an overarching problem in a specific department. In his editorial for the Graziadio Business Review, … Continued
When two companies partner together, it can result in a clash of cultures. By establishing a common set of assumptions, a mutual appreciation for the partner differences and a mechanism for taking advantage of each partner’s unique and complementary strengths, trust is formed and the clash avoided.
I’m continually looking for ways to organize ideas, work, and activities, plus figure out how to prioritize and piece it all together. We all need a system that keeps us on top, rather than drowning in unfinished projects and lost to-do lists or sublimating what we really care about doing far beneath what has to get done.
Can’t see the above video? Click this link to watch. In this video interview, Ann Feyerherm, PhD, Professor of Organization and Management and Chair of the Applied Behavior Science and Organization Theory and Management Department, explores the psychological impact of losing a job and effective methods for bouncing back.
Today’s harsh economic realities continue to impact everyone. Hundreds of thousands have been losing their jobs each month. In California, even firemen and policemen are being laid off (California firemen are being laid off even as we approach fire season!). It does not matter if you work for a private enterprise or a tax-supported agency. … Continued
Can’t see the above video? Click here to watch or you can read the transcript. In this video interview, Kevin S. Groves, PhD, Assistant Professor of Organizational Theory and Management at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, discusses his research on executive development and succession planning, managerial thinking styles, social and emotional intelligence, and … Continued
Joseph Lee If you were anywhere near Dodger Stadium on March 23 for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) finals, you heard the drums and the thunder sticks of 45,000 South Korean fans drowning out the 5,000 Japanese fans—not to mention the 4,816 Americans there just to watch a good ball game. And a good ball … Continued
The results of the first GBR poll on the economy and workplace productivity are in! The majority of participants said their workplace has been affected in some way by the stress of the down economy 56% say that people are working harder to keep their jobs 15% say that people are too obsessed with what’s … Continued
The GBR Blog wants to know: [poll id=”3″] What’s going on at your work? Tell us in the comments. UPDATE: This poll was closed on March 30, 2009. Read our analysis of the poll and get “5 Tips to Boost Workplace Happiness During these Tough Times,” by Charles Kerns, PhD, Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral … Continued
(This blog post has been excerpted from a previous article by Dr. Strom in the Graziadio Business Report) The global financial crisis is having echo effects across many business sectors. Having coached executives who had been fired or laid off, I would like to share some of the lessons I learned that are particularly relevant … Continued
David Callen, MSOD Congratulations to David Callen, MSOD, the $1,000 winner of the First Annual Graziadio School Student Paper Competition presented by the GBR and the Graziadio School of Business and Management of Pepperdine University. The competition challenged Graziadio School students from all programs to submit a well-researched original article on any business thesis. … Continued
Managers are critical resources for national and global economic and social prosperity. They play a significant role in setting direction, executing strategies, and creating success. Their styles, along with their other competencies, impact the productivity and well-being of their employees, peers, superiors, and consequently firms. Our observations lead us to categorize four … Continued
This is a guest post by Charles D. Kerns, PhD, Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral Science If an organization does not perform and sustain performance it will decline over time and perhaps die. To sustain performance, a sufficient level of happiness needs to be introduced to an organization. Performance and happiness partner to help assure … Continued