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Workshop for Social Sciences Staff

I am looking forward to taking part in a debate on how researchers should engage leaders in industry. I will supply a follow up article after the event.

My Talk: The gap between management research and the world of business.

My Theme, Often the tenants of good research are not taught at management schools or included within management development programs. This results in the proliferation of pseudo-management approaches taking root within many large organisations. Being able to know the difference between what research teaches us and what businesses do needs to become a management core competency.

Workshop for Social Sciences Staff. 6th December Warwick University


The need for academic researchers to engage with external organisations is more important than ever in terms of delivering research impact, gaining fieldwork access, and winning funding from non-traditional funding sources. This workshop has, therefore, been designed to provide useful tips and insights into the art of external engagement. To this end the following speakers will share their expertise and experiences with you:




12:00 – 12:40:              Arrival and lunch

12:40 – 12:50:              Welcome and introduction by Head of Faculty, Professor Christina Hughes

12:50 – 13:20:              Stephen Roper: Dimensions of Impact via External Engagement

13:20 – 13:50:              Stephen Parry: The gap between management research and the world of business

13:50 – 14:50:              External engagement workshop

15:00 – 15:30:              John Parkinson: The sense of betrayal in academic public engagement,

and how to get over it.

15:30 – 15:45.              Wash up


Professor Stephen Roper

Stephen Roper is Professor of Enterprise and Director of the Centre for Small and Medium Enterprises (CSME) at Warwick Business School. Stephen is an economist with degrees from the University of Durham, Oxford University and LSE. He joined Warwick in 2008 having previously been Professor of Business Innovation at Aston Business School, Birmingham and earlier and Assistant Director of the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre, Belfast.

Stephen has led over 50 externally funded research projects. He is currently working with OECD on the development of an innovation voucher scheme in Montenegro and an evaluation of the NESTA Creative Credits programme. Stephen has also consulted for OECD, DTI, BERR, Small Business Service, EMDA, AWM, Scottish Executive, Invest Northern Ireland, Forfas (Dublin), Enterprise Ireland, Northern Bank, InterTradeIreland, Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (Belfast), Department of Education and Learning (Belfast), Royal Mail, and MoreThan4Business.

Stephen Parry

Stephen is a World leading authority and strategist on the creation of lean, adaptive organisations. He has applied adaptive learning principles to the design and operation of operations in Europe, Middle- East, Asia-Pacific, (including Japan, India, Australia, Philippines) and the USA. Clients include many global corporations and national governments: SAP, LEGO, BT, UK government, police authorities, financial services and shared services. His work has been covered in the Harvard Business Review and cited in numerous books and research papers. He is often interviewed on BBC Radio 4 and his work has featured in documentaries on National television BBC1 and Channel 4


Dr John Parkinson

John is Associate Professor of Public Policy in PAIS, University of Warwick. A specialist in democratic theory and public policy, and an occasional media commentator and advisor to the House of Lords Constitution Committee, John has a previous life as a public relations and management consultant.

Stephen Parry honoured to be speaking at:The Agile Lean Europe (ALE Network) Unconference Berlin  7th -9th September BOOK NOW

Stephen Parry honoured to be speaking at:The Agile Lean Europe (ALE Network) Unconference Berlin 7th -9th September BOOK NOW

Stephen Parry Speaking at an event designed by engineers for engineers ALE2011 Berlin“Creating an Integrated ICT Value Stream Using Lean and Agile Thinking”

The IT function and Applications development organisations are well-placed to help organisations benefit fully from applying Lean principles. But success depends on aligning all the steps in the life-cycle value stream from definition, software development, deployment, support and retirement.
If you integrate Lean service and Agile development to support each other, you’ll be able to deliver the radical improvements in service, quality and development time that our current tough climate demands.

We need to understand that Agile and Lean thinking together completely and permanently transforms the nature of work throughout the Software Development and IT support functions.

Major application development companies have to re-think their whole approach to work design, roles and responsibilities and measurement. In addition they need to re-think their whole approach to change and those responsible for change.




The talk will cover:

  • new ways of working require new ways of thinking, especially management thinking.
  • we consider the implications of adopting a Lean strategy and the impact this has on process, decision-making and management
  • integrating Lean and Agile to make both scalable
  • ensuring change “sticks” through mutual reinforcement between customers, staff and management.

Main Messages to take away:

  • Demonstrate the value of IT and Software Development in business outcome and customer terms.
  • Learn to see what waste looks like in IT and Software development operations
  • Changing management thinking and perceptions.


Lean and Agile



The Agile Lean Europe (ALE) network is an open and evolving network of people (not businesses), with links to local communities and institutes. It helps people in European countries by spreading ideas and growing a collective memory of Agile and Lean thinking. And by exchanging interesting people with diverse perspectives across borders it allows beautiful results to emerge.

It will be an amazing event, with diverse and innovative speakers and with participants from all around Europe. It will take place in a great city, Berlin, on September 7-9, 2011.

ALE2011 will focus on the sharing knowledge principles and Agile/Lean European networking. To reach its goals, the (un) conference organisation under the following format :

The mornings will be opened by an one hour keynote, followed by 30 minutes talks in a few tracks. In early afternoon, several lightning talks will be presented. The selection of the lightning talks will be done via a lottery among the lightning talks proposed by the each of the participants. The afternoons are dedicated to Open Space sessions. So be prepared to give your lightning talk, you might be selected. We encourage participants to come to Berlin with their families and therefore there will be an alternative “spouses and kids” programme organised for them in the mornings and the afternoons and evenings will be planned so that we can all spend time together.

On Friday morning in parallel with the sessions, a coding DoJo facilitated by Jon Jaegger will take place

Friday afternoon will be dedicated to the retrospective and closing keynote.

Each participant will do a lightning talk to introduce himself, his assets and first future action to contribute to the ALE Network.