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Labnotes

Read Labnotes, the Management Lab's bi-monthly publication, to keep up-to-date with:
  • The latest information on management innovation research
  • Insights and ideas from management innovators
  • Examples of tomorrow's best management practices which MLab is constantly uncovering throughout the world
  • Discussion of challenges and issues faced by Management 2.0
  • Events and activities around the topic of management innovation

Where do great business ideas come from? Over the last six years, this has been an abiding fascination of all the researchers connected with MLab. We have assiduously and enthusiastically charted best practice wherever we have encountered it. What we realised fairly quickly is that great ideas know no borders. Innovative management can be found throughout the world.

The recruitment agency, Twenty, is built on values and a unique culture. Julian Birkinshaw reports on the creation and delivery of a new management model.

Does enterprise communications have to exist in a sterile environment? Or can it take a leaf out of the social networking book that brings real-time communication to the fore? Julian Birkinshaw found the answers to those questions by examining the exciting new ways that Capgemini employees communicate with each other.

At the Management Lab we are constantly reminded that talk is cheap. It is easy to preach managerial revolution and then walk away at the point when theory meets practice; when bright ideas are thrust into the harsh light of day. This issue of Lab Notes focuses on managers and organisations which are transforming ideas into compelling and performance-boosting practice.

Polly LaBarre unveils the first-ever M-Prize which promises to be a breakthrough in recognising progressive management thinking.

If you have ever longed for the chance to change organisational life into something that lifts people’s spirits and inspires widespread creativity along with robust productivity, there’s a place you can now go to start to make a big difference.

You are a large multinational organisation. How do you decide who gets their share of the marketing budget? Are smaller, regional brands routinely overlooked? It is a familiar challenge and one which GlaxoSmithKline has innovatively tried to solve. Julian Birkinshaw talks to GSK’s leaders about the company’s inventive approach to worldwide marketing that led to the development of a unique and productive network.

A new business venture aims to break the conventions of film making. Jonathan Winter reports.

If you’re a banker, time is money, quite literally: the longer the term of a loan or deposit, the greater the interest due. But for the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ), time is more than just money; it’s also a potent symbol of trust and empowerment, and a testament to the power of management innovation. Gary Hamel and Amy Blitz report on an impromptu experiment at BNZ.

How do you bring innovation into the mainstream of essentially conservative organisations? Simon Caulkin reports on a groundbreaking initiative at UBS Investment Bank.

What is the role of the CEO in highly innovative organisations pushing the boundaries of management and organisation design? Simon Caulkin provides revealing portraits of three renegades in chief: Tim Brown of Ideo; Vineet Nayar of HCL Technologies; and Jeffrey Hollender of Seventh Generation.

Julian Birkinshaw and Stuart Crainer look at a Microsoft team that is changing the way it works by incorporating the interests of its young employees to increase creativity and productivity.

How do you invent the future of Management? MLab gathered leading business thinkers and practitioners and lit the intellectual touchpaper. LabNotes reports exclusively on the results.

TopCoder’s business model is a powerful pot-pourri of outsourcing, software development, community and pure competition. Julian Birkinshaw and Stuart Crainer investigate.

Thousands of business books are published every year. Their impact on the real world of business is as often derided as it is debated. Whoever ran a business, any business, by the book? Henry Stewart does. His London-based company, Happy, is inspired by his business reading, particularly Maverick! by Ricardo Semler. Julian Birkinshaw and Stuart Crainer get happy.

Gary Hamel’s new book, The Future of Management, is set to be the business book of the year and to shape the management agenda in 2008. LabNotes looks to the future.

Whether in the bestselling Competing for the Future (co-authored with CK Prahalad), 2001’s Leading the Revolution, or in a succession of influential articles in the Harvard Business Review, Gary Hamel has always enjoyed challenging the traditional theories and orthodoxies.

At London’s Global Leadership Summit, MLab Managing Director, Gary Hamel, introduced UBS as MLab’s first corporate founding partner. The pioneering research-based partnership will see UBS working with MLab to generate management innovations directly relevant to its organisational goals.

Innovation is often focused on products. Yet the leader of one Indian company is shifting the business model of a 38,000-employee organisation. Julian Birkinshaw reveals how innovation can also apply to the basic principles of management.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has become a new partner of the Management Innovation Lab. In doing so, the CIPD joins the Woodside Institute, the Advanced Institute of Management Research, London Business School, and the David and Elaine Potter Charitable Foundation in supporting the Lab’s work.

David Potter, the founder of Psion, has donated £450,000 over three years to support the work of the Management Innovation Lab.