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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Bureaucracy must be halted, business leader warns

Organisations are at severe risk if bureaucracy is not brought to a halt, a leading business thinker has warned.

Speaking at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's annual conference last week, management expert Gary Hamel told the audience that management is a "busted flush" and needs to be rebuilt from bottom up.

Hamel urged the audience, mainly learning professionals, to challenge old beliefs about management and leadership, in addition to rethinking core principles. He also argued that organisation's who want to thrive in today's world need to give their employees freedom to innovate.

Dr. John McGurk, research adviser at the CIPD, said: "Competing in a global economy requires new ways of thinking and doing. Innovation is not always about invention and product development - a great deal of innovation is about re-thinking and re-organisation systems, processes and structures.

"If the UK is to lift its currently poor productivity performance, it is likely to be through improving the way work is organised to release innovation and thus productivity. Some businesses are already organising work beyond traditional organisational boundaries and are reaping the benefits associated with knowledge sharing and collaboration. However, this new networked way of working requires us to rethink what we mean by human capital - it is no longer simply the people whom we employ and manage directly, but also those who work for clients and network partners.

"The challenges and opportunities for HR and L&D professionals are not insignificant, but we hope the insights discovered by the researchers at the University of Bath will help them play a crucial role in unleashing innovation within their organisations."


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