PERFORMANCE related pay and bonuses are hot topics in the current economic climate, so it was no surprise to the University of Chester’s Business School that its one day conference on performance management was fully subscribed.
The event was organised jointly with the British Academy of Management and attended by doctoral students from throughout England and Wales. They came to hear from three leaders in the field of performance management.
Professor Richard Thorpe of the University of Leeds is one of the country’s leading national advisors on performance management and he gave a round-up of current research developments which could contribute to changes in management practice in the future.
Mike Perls, Chief Executive of MC2, is widely known for his performance management expertise. His company is a leading independent marketing agency which he built from a one-man operation to a team of 40 with a multi-million pound turnover.
Lavinia Boyce, Human Resources Manager for the Northern Ireland Police Service, specialises in performance management in the public sector. Lavinia joined Dr Vinh Chau from the Norwich Business School in facilitating workshops about getting the most from research.
Professor Caroline Rowland, Sub Dean of the Chester Business School, co-ordinated the event. She said: “This was one in a series of special interest groups organised specifically by the British Academy of Management for its members who are taking PhD and Doctor of Business Administration qualifications. The Academy is the premier institute for management research and is dedicated to providing its students with the best learning opportunities possible.
“We were delighted to host this event for students who will be actively involved in economic wealth creation in the future, either through research or hands-on roles in industry. Our aim was to provide them with an opportunity to hear from eminent speakers representing both research and practice in performance management.
“Participants were very impressed not only with the event but also with the facilities and the energy we have created here in the Chester Business School. We were pleased to hear from Academy members that ours was one of the most successful events in its special interest series.”