Leadership

Learning and Organizational Change Digest - Issue 4
11/14/14 by MSLOC

In This Issue

Think Differently: How can employees in learning organizations challenge traditional mental models around giving and receiving performance feedback?

Community Buzz: Voices Within Our Learning Community

MSLOC Community Snapshots: People on the Move

Northwestern University's MS Learning & Organizational Change community is a network of change agents working across industry and function who believe in advancing organizations through the power of people. The Learning & Organizational Change Digest highlights a few topics that have sparked conversation in our network.

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
Are Face-to-Face Teams More Creative than Virtual Teams?
7/2/14 by Akshata Narain, MSLOC 2014

One of the few big decisions made by Yahoo’s new CEO, Marissa Mayer, in September 2013 was to ban its employees from working from home. This decision was heavily criticized by many experts, referring to it as a step backwards for workplace flexibility. Mayer defended her decision by stressing that "people are more collaborative and innovative when they're together face to face” (Kleiman, 2013).

Traditionally teams met face to face. However with the advancements in technology and high demand for workplace flexibility, virtual teams became more prevalent. While virtual teams may be more cost-effective than face-to-face teams, there have been several discussions lately, like the one above, regarding the efficacy of virtual teams. Given this, most of the companies interested in building a global workplace will be interested in determining if virtual teams actually work. This study has been designed to evaluate if virtual teams are as creative as face to face teams and identify factors that increase and decrease creativity in virtual teams. The results of the study, based on an online quantitative survey, show that participants found face to face teams to be more creative than virtual teams.

Posted in: Learning & Development, Leadership
Learning and Organizational Change Digest - Issue 3
5/27/14 by MSLOC

In This Issue

Think Differently: How can slowing down to reflect enhance individual performance in your organization?

Community Buzz
         - Decision-making across all levels
         - Social enterprise: the fear factors

MSLOC Community Snapshots

         - May People on the Move
         - MSLOC Course On-Sites and Spring Showcase

Northwestern University's MS Learning & Organizational Change community is a network of change agents working across industry and function who believe in driving progress through collaborative conversations. The Learning & Organizational Change Digest highlights a few topics each month that have sparked conversation in our network.

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
How Managers Approach Strategic Decisions: Think, See or Do?
5/14/14 by Bea La O', MSLOC 2014

Managers make decisions every day that directly impact the growth and stability of their organizations. In this study, Bea La O’ (MSLOC 2014) uses Mintzberg and Westley’s (2001) lens of “think-first,” “see-first” and “do-first” to explore how managers make strategic decisions. The results reveal that managers who balanced the three approaches engaged in organizational norms such as open communication, data analysis and prototyping to promote organizational learning. Based on her findings, Bea provides practical recommendations for managers who are looking to 1) expand the variety of decision-making approaches used in her team or organization, 2) build commitment to a change, and 3) bring out her colleagues’ strengths in decision-making.

Posted in: Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership
Learning and Organizational Change Digest - Issue 1
3/10/14 by MSLOC

In This Issue

  • Think Differently: The Future of Work
  • Community Buzz
    • Interview Season
    • Mentorship
  • MSLOC Community Snapshots
    • A Look Inside the Classroom
    • People on the Move

Northwestern University's MS Learning & Organizational Change community is a network of change agents working across industry and function who believe in driving progress through collaborative conversations. The Learning & Organizational Change Digest highlights a few topics each month that have sparked conversation in our network.

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
MSLOC Online - December 2013
1/6/14 by MSLOC

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Northwestern University's MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program regularly share knowledge and resources online about organizational development, leadership coaching, strategic change, talent management, knowledge management, and learning and development. Browse the December 2013 highlights from Twitter, blogs, Google+ and other online resources.

Join the conversation this winter: Twitter @NU_MSLOC and #MSLOC  |  Diigo  | Google+ | LinkedIn |  Facebook

Interested in going deeper? Join the Learning & Change Google+ Community

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
MSLOC Online - November 2013
12/19/13 by MSLOC

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Northwestern University's MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program regularly share knowledge and resources online about organizational development, leadership coaching, strategic change, talent management, knowledge management, and learning and development. Browse the November 2013 highlights from Twitter, blogs, Google+ and other online resources.

Join the conversation this winter: Twitter @NU_MSLOC and #MSLOC  |  Diigo  | Google+ | LinkedIn |  Facebook

Interested in going deeper? Join the Learning & Change Google+ Community

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
MSLOC Online - October 2013
11/5/13 by MSLOC

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Northwestern University's MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program regularly share knowledge and resources online about organizational development, strategic change, talent management, knowledge management, and learning and development. Browse the October 2013 highlights from Twitter, blogs, Google+ and other online resources. Then join the conversation this fall!

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
Building Trust to Enhance Knowledge Sharing in Virtual Teams
10/31/13 by Carrie Gibson

As virtual teams continue to become more commonplace within organizations, factors which impact their performance are increasingly examined. One such factor is knowledge sharing, a key determinant of team effectiveness (McNeish & Mann, 2010, p. 19). Overcoming physical distance, time differences, and lack of face-to-face contact, presents a particular challenge for the leaders of virtual teams. In this article, Carrie Gibson (MSLOC 2013) explores how leaders can help build trust among members of virtual teams in order to increase knowledge sharing.

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Leadership
MSLOC Online -September 2013
10/16/13 by MSLOC

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Northwestern University's MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program regularly share knowledge and resources online about organizational development, strategic change, leadership, knowledge management, and learning and development. Browse the September 2013 highlights from Twitter, blogs, Google+ and other online resources. Then join the conversation this fall!

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
MSLOC Online - July 2013
8/6/13 by MSLOC

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Northwestern University's MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program regularly share knowledge and resources online about strategic change, leadership, knowledge management, and learning and development. Browse the July 2013 highlights from Twitter, blogs, Google+ and other online resources. Then join the conversation this fall.

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
Increasing Community Member Participation in Enterprise Social Software Platforms Through Leadership Communication
8/1/13 by Jessica Catz (MSLOC 2013)

Many leaders strive to increase the adoption and viability of their online social communities. This research study illuminates some effective practices regarding leadership communications in enterprise social software platforms to help organizational leaders (and the internal communicators that support them) to best understand how to effectively engage in these environments. This research indicates that leaders who use reciprocal and frequent communication styles may increase community member participation in enterprise social software platforms.

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Leadership
MSLOC Online - June 2013
7/15/13 by MSLOC

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Northwestern University's MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program regularly share knowledge and resources online about strategic change, leadership, knowledge management, and learning and development. Browse the June 2013 highlights from Twitter, blogs, Google+ and other online resources. Then join the conversation this summer!

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
Communicating with Employees during Mergers and Acquisitions: How is the Use of the Authentic Communication Principles Associated with Employee Outcomes?
7/19/13 by Renata Figueiredo

Many mergers and acquisitions (M&A) fail to achieve their expected results. Among the factors that impact M&A performance is the quality of the communication with employees. This study examines whether the use of Bishop’s (2006) ten principles of authentic communication is associated with the following employee outcomes in the context of M&A: employee satisfaction, employee commitment, and perceptions of the long-term effects of the M&A.

Posted in: Strategic Change, Leadership
MSLOC Online - May 2013
6/12/13 by MSLOCStudents, faculty, staff and alumni of Northwestern University's MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program regularly share knowledge and resources online about strategic change, leadership, knowledge management, and learning and development. Browse the May 2013 highlights from Twitter, blogs, Google+ and other online resources. Then join the conversation this summer! Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
Know Thyself...and Other Leadership Development Insights for Women in Fortune 500 Companies
6/19/13 by Linda Hartman-Reehl

The talent pool of women is higher than ever: women now comprise 51% of the workforce in management, professional and related occupations. Diversity and inclusion efforts in Fortune 500 companies are adding more women into leadership roles, including the C-suite. Great momentum—but what about ensuring women are ready to take on progressive roles?

Posted in: Learning & Development, Leadership
MSLOC Online - April 2013
5/10/13 by MSLOC

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Northwestern University's MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program regularly share knowledge and resources online about strategic change, leadership, knowledge management, and learning and development. Browse the April 2013 highlights from Twitter, blogs, Google+ and other online resources. Then join the conversation this spring!

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
Striving for No Difference: Examining Effective Leadership Between Nonprofit and For-Profit Contexts
4/23/13 by Eric Johnson, MSLOC 2013

Leaders are leaders, and they lead well no matter the environment in which they are leading. Right? Not quite. The context in which leaders are situated is important to understanding how effective they stand to be. Ten Chicago-based, nonprofit chief executives — each with for-profit experience — recently discussed their experiences in both sectors as a means of distinguishing their performance as leaders. This Capstone study addresses the following question: To what extent does effective leadership vary between nonprofit and for-profit contexts?

Posted in: Leadership
MSLOC Online - March 2013
4/15/13 by MSLOC

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Northwestern University's MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program regularly share knowledge and resources online about strategic change, leadership, knowledge management, learning and development and design. Browse the March 2013 highlights from Twitter, blogs, Google+ and other online resources. Then join the conversation this spring!

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership
MSLOC Online - February 2013
3/6/13 by MSLOC

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Northwestern University's MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program regularly share knowledge and resources online about transforming organizations. Browse the February 2013 highlights from Twitter, blogs, Google+ and other online resources. Then join the conversation this spring!

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
MSLOC Online - January 2013
2/4/13 by MSLOC

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Northwestern University's MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program regularly share knowledge and resources online about transforming organizations. Browse the January 2013 highlights from Twitter, blogs, Google+ and other online resources. Then join the conversation this winter!

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
The Story of My Life: Developing Authentic Leaders
3/1/13 by Courtney Calinog

One strategy for developing authenticity in leaders is the sharing of their life story, providing followers with insight into their authenticity. This MSLOC Capstone study explores how awareness of a leader’s life story impacts followers’ perception of their authenticity, as well as how authentic leadership impacts follower job satisfaction.

Posted in: Leadership
MSLOC Online - Fall 2012
1/3/12 by MSLOC

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Northwestern University's MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program regularly share knowledge and resources online about transforming organizations. Review the Fall 2012 highlights from Twitter, blogs, Google+ and other online resources. Then join the conversation this winter!

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
MSLOC Online - August / September 2012
10/6/12 by Keeley Sorokti

Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Northwestern University's MS in Learning & Organizational Change Program regularly share knowledge and resources online about transforming organizations. Review the August/September 2012 highlights from Twitter, blogs, Google+ and other online resources. Then join the conversation this fall!

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Learning & Development, Strategic Change, Leadership, News & Events
It's More than Wearing Black: What the Design Profession Can Show Us About Creativity
10/8/12 by Jeff Merrell

Maggie Lewis (MSLOC 2008) is Managing Partner at design firm Studio Blue. In this seven-minute Innovator Talk, Maggie reflects on what designers may know about the creative process that other business professionals might not.

Posted in: Leadership
An Asset, Not a Liability: Volunteer Leadership in Non-Profits
10/8/12 by Jeff Merrell

Peter Finn (MSLOC 2007) is Director of Learning & Development at the Society of Women Engineers. In this seven-minute Innovator Talk, Pete shares his insights on using a competency framework to help insure non-profit board members are truly invested in the long-term growth of the organization.

Posted in: Leadership
Responsible for Global Talent Management? Don't Be Overwhelmed by All the Differences!
7/28/11 by Jeff Merrell

Consultant Kelly Ross (MSLOC 2011) reflects on her experience as an expatriat and globe-trotting consultant in this seven-minute Innovator Talk. The good news for global talent management: People are more similar than different.

Posted in: Leadership
(D) Evolving Toward the Future
10/3/12 by Jeff Merrell

MSLOC alum and entrepreneur Jason Becker explores the nature of strategy and change in a start-up environment. "Don't mistake a clear vision for a short distance."

Posted in: Leadership
Managing Boundaries Between Work and Family: Comparison of Satisfaction Levels Between Part-Time and Full-Time Working Mothers
7/30/12 by Keeley Sorokti, MSLOC 2011

Many dual-income couples with children report working too many hours and struggle with managing the increasingly overlapping work and family domains. This study investigates whether there are differences in satisfaction with job, job flexibility, work-family balance, and family by comparing part-time and full-time working mothers.

Posted in: Learning & Development, Leadership
How Corporate Citizenship Impacts Employee Engagement
6/22/12 by Sarah Ketvirtis

Organizations spend countless hours and energy on corporate citizenship initiatives and programming. While the debate about the benefits of socially responsible activities and corporate citizenship continues, the question remains: To what extent does "doing good" really matter when it comes to employee engagement?  

Posted in: Leadership
Personal Resources Training: A New Approach for Building Sustainable Competitive Advantage
6/9/12 by Renetta McCann

Psychological Capital (also known as personal resources) describes the within-person capacities of self-efficacy, hope, optimism and resilience. Targeted towards training & development professionals, this paper presents the findings of a study designed to identify an influential indicator in the selection of preferred training methods across these four within-person capacities.

Posted in: Learning & Development, Leadership
Managerial Success and Failure in the Law Firm Context
4/26/12 by Mary Gardner, MSLOC 2012

Lawyers and law firms are of particular interest in the management context because of the natural tension between the practicing law firm lawyer and the manager. This study examines managerial success and failure of mid-level attorney managers in becoming senior attorney managers in law firms.

Posted in: Learning & Development, Leadership
Groupthink: The Role of Leadership in Enhancing and Mitigating the Pitfall in Team Decision-Making
3/23/12 by Arpita Das Behl

Decision-making is an integral part of any team activity. But sometimes teams can follow a flawed process by not exchanging enough information, exploring inadequate alternatives, and make erroneous conclusions. 

Posted in: Leadership
Knowledge Sharing: Leveraging Trust and Leadership to Increase Team Performance
2/11/12 by Sarah Ketvirtis (MSLOC Student)

The leader of a team plays a critical role in facilitating knowledge sharing. This article looks at the role of leadership and trust in knowledge sharing and makes recommendations that can be used to increase knowledge sharing within organizational teams.

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Leadership
Once upon a Time at the Office: Learning to Recognize, Interpret and Tell Stories in Organizations
7/28/11 by Beth Black (MSLOC alumna 2011)

Being able to recognize, interpret and convey the significance of patterns in massive amounts of data is critical to organizational success.

Posted in: Knowledge Management, Leadership
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