on the importance of good management for innovation in europe….or: Is management education and research a blind spot in European policy?

Via Scoop.itDual impact of research; towards the impactelligent university

Improving management practises is essential for boosting research and innovation in Europe at a time when everyone’s moto is “more for less”, writes Richard Straub from EFMD.   “Sociologists characterise 20th-century society as a society with fundamentally new characteristics compared with previous historical societies. It is a society of organisations. Organisations have pervaded all parts of our lives. They range from business organisations, to education, hospitals, semi-public and public organisations, NPOs, and so on. They are the organs of modern society – hence society is dependent on their quality. In order to function they need to have means to achieve their purpose. This is where management comes in – without proper management the organisations cannot achieve their purpose. It is quite obvious for businesses, but equally clear for education institutions, hospitals, research organisations and public sector bodies. Against a backdrop of the modern society of organisations, the systematic study of management started in the early part of the 20th century and saw a notable acceleration in the post-war years. University-based business schools and independent institutions sprang up everywhere leading today to a mind-boggling number of more the 12,000 globally. Large businesses were the natural place to start with education and the systematic application of management as their increasing scale, scope and complexity required specific skills to survive and thrive in competitive markets. The emerging discipline of management included various elements such as operations, human resources, strategy, leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. General management and increasingly specialised disciplines took on an accelerated development, which can be measured by the number of books, scientific articles and management conferences. Besides a few fads a huge body of useful knowledge (ancient Greek – Techne) was produced that made management an essential social technology. Yet outside business the application of management knowledge was rather limited, to say the least.   source: euractive.com; Published 29 February 2012 – Updated 01 March 2012 Author: Richard Straub is Director of EU Affairs and Corporate Services at EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development), an international membership organisation based in Brussels.
Via www.euractiv.com

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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: www.rsm.nl Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/694621/RMIMR-Repository/ The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/rss/694621/ Here is my other weblog on impact of research: http://www.scoop.it/t/dualimpact

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