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Prof. Dr Willem Mastenbroek
Prof. Dr E. van de Bunt
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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.


Virtual Networked Teams in Future Organisations
Building Blocks for a Knowledge-based Culture
Julie Coleclough
The author discusses the possibilities of virtual network teams in intensive surroundings serving as an engine for organisation change.


A Solution for Avoiding Procrastination
Allison Gamble
A Solution for Avoiding Procrastination


Managing Business Complexity
Pieter Klaas Jagersma
Complexity is a manager’s many-headed monster. Managing complexity effectively to better serve the full range of customer needs can give you a leg up on the competition. Reducing complexity can significantly improve a company’s competitiveness by simultaneously lowering costs, improving customer benefits and cutting response times. Timely analysis can help companies master the increasing complexity of business.


Interview with Michael Shermer on skepticism and evidence based management
Voodoo science and evidence based management
Richard Puyt
We are the debunk squad of pseudo, voodoo, junk and bad science, says Michael Shermer. He is the founder of the Skeptics Society in California. Michael recently wrote the book, Mind of the Market. ManagementSite interviewed Shermer this summer on skepticism, blacks swans and the evidence based management movement.


Managing strengths in three steps
Coert Visser
Large-scale international research by Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton (2001) has revealed that effective managers do not emphasize weaknesses and limitations but strengths. Many managers still have to learn this. Because most find it a lot easier to talk about weaknesses than about strenghts. This article introduces an approach which you can apply directly.


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.


I Can’t Drive 55
Review of ‘Change Without Pain: How managers can overcome initiative overload, organizational chaos and employee burnout’.
Jim Mortensen
In almost two-thirds of the industries studied, change projects decreased corporate survival. So the mantra is not “change or die” but “change and die”. Solution-focused and in the spirit of Keep It Simple Stupid – this book describes a method that works by using techniques that work. Abrahamson’s model puts people at the center of change efforts and duly recognizes that people, like even the strongest metals, can only be stressed so much before they fatigue and fail.


Competitive strategy
Partnering for competitive advantage
Pieter Klaas Jagersma
Partnership management is a hot item, but what exactly are the ingredients for success? Pieter Klaas Jagersma discusses how companies might develop partnering strategies in order to better address their client base.


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.


Organizational behavior in historical perspective
Part 1: The taming of emotions
Willem Mastenbroek
The current high degree of self-discipline and control looks quite natural and selfunderstood. It definitely is not. Morerover our ways of emotion management show a close relation with patterns of power and dependency. This is another neglected area. How helpful is modern skill-training in its disregard of emotional drives and power differences?

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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