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Prof. Dr Willem Mastenbroek
Prof. Dr E. van de Bunt
Drs C. Visser



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Negotiating as emotion management
Prof. dr. W.F.G. Mastenbroek
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Readers Top 10

The readers top 10 is a list with the 10 best assessed contributions, assessed by our readers on a 10  point scale according to an advancing average over the past 7 weeks.


Designing the head office of a multinational corporation
Pieter Klaas Jagersma
Multinationals are reorganising in response to the changing environment, hoping to capitalize on opportunities for growth. These new business challenges often lead to changing corporate focus and, consequently, a changing role for the headquarters.


Deliberately choosing simplicity
Dick Markvoort
In every organization there are forces at play which push it towards large, complex projects. By deliberately choosing for simplicity, you can make major savings in time and money and gain meaningful jobs for those involved.


Combating Short -Termism - and Managing for the Long Run
Danny Miller and Isabelle Le Breton
Family businesses tend to outlast other companies by factors of two or three, and outperform in market valuations and returns on assets. Why the out-performance? A summary of a recent book by the authors themselves: “Managing for the Long Run” (Harvard Business School Press, 2005).


The Growth Mindset
Interview with Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
Coert Visser
Nowadays, there is a lot of talk about the 'war for talent' in organizations. How important is talent really? Can capabilities be developed or are they fixed? Should selection practices focus on finding the brightest people or should they focus on people with a great desire to learn? Is it worthwhile for managers to help people learn or is this merely a waste of time? In this interview with Carol Dweck of Stanford University, we find important and fascinating answers.


The Role of the Knowledge Centre in Knowledge Management
The failings of decentralised knowledge facilitation. Choosing the opposite direction.
Boyd Hendriks
The failings of decentralised knowledge facilitation. Choosing the opposite direction.


Young Professionals: Cultivate the Habits of Friendship
You don’t have to be a natural to get better at this
David Maister
Most young professionals realize that skill in generating business will be an important determinant of their success. However, many believe that, in the early stages of their career, they do not have much opportunity to develop these skills. This could not be further from the truth.


Strategic sourcing; a bridge too far?
Teije Bakker, Matthieu Goede en Gert Teusink
The concept of sourcing is gaining popularity in both organisation and management studies. This article offers a conceptual framework that regards sourcing as a strategic function of a company. Using a handful of real world examples, the authors illustrate how different levels of improvement in the sourcing function can be attained.


New Forces in Performance Management
It's a good time for HR managers to start exploring
David Creelman
Many enterprise performance management projects are disasters. Still, it concerns a very promising idea. Twenty years from now everyone will have some kind of enterprise performance management system. It's a good time for HR managers to start exploring this area.


How emotional are your business goals?
Some arguments against corporate blogging
Luc de Ruijter
Corporate blogs are like the corporate polls and forums from the haydays of the internet revolution. These were short lived hypes, well marketed by IT-vendors. What binds all these gimmicks is their lack of practical purpose other than the seemingly never ending quest for interaction amongst communication advisors.


When will the Q-Project finally be finished?!
Willem Mastenbroek
"Responsibility for improvement belongs in the line!" Everybody always agrees with this statement. Subsequently, every effort is made to undermine that responsibilty. Regular change management promotes irresponsible behavior! This applies to TQM and many other change programs. An approach that links up directly with the line organization is summarized.

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Readers' Response
Indeed, the interview thrown insight into the crux of the problem i.e. downsizing. Very few studies...
K. Srinivasa Rao
Don't treat the symptoms, treat the illness
Reading your response, Luc, I'd like to clarify some of my writing. I think you paraphrased it quite...
Richard Peters
Treat the illness, not the symptoms
Reading your response, Luc, I'd like to clarify some of my writing. I think you paraphrased it quite...
Richard Peters
Solution-focused change blog
Here is my English blog dedicated to solution-focused change: http://solutionfocusedchange.blogspot....
Coert Visser
Re: People want to be heard
Richard Peters makes a relevant point in arguing that it's not blogs that are the culprit, but the p...
Luc de Ruijter
Mensen willen gehoord worden
Een blog is op zich het probleem niet, de mensen ook niet. Het is de afstemming binnen de hele organ...
Richard Peters
Thanks for promoting my brand! Best regards, Frans Duurland...
Frans Duurland
Video interview with Maister
Here is a new interview with David on the Consulting magazine website: ...
Coert Visser
Different period
Dear Robert, US Airways and America West merged a while ago (within the last two years). The study...
Coert Visser
USAirways is America West
USAirways is America West. This article with both entities separately listed is deceiving. ...
Robert Byrd