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Leading change during the economic downturn conference - April 2012 Event

Southampton Management School
Leading change
09:00 - 18:00
19 April 2012
Guildhall Winchester The Broadway Winchester Hampshire SO23 9GH

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Event details

A one day conference exploring recent developments in how to best lead major change initiatives in the current economic climate. Sponsored by the University of Southampton Management School and University Forum for Human Resource Development.

Aim of the conference

To bring together academics, managers and HR/OD practitioners and consultants to hear about and discuss new research and case studies on leading change during the current economic crisis.

Why attend?

Mervyn King referred to the last decade as the NICE period of ‘non-inflationary constant expansion' but now we have entered the DRAG decade characterised by deficit reduction and anaemic growth. Higher taxes, severe restraints on public spending alongside low forecasts in growth and exports are forcing major shifts in the economy that are already impacting on organisations who are responding by cutting costs, redundancies and attempts to consolidate resources and facilities. Leading change effectively is difficult under any circumstances but the current climate of uncertainty is bringing different challenges.

Conference Content

The theme of this one day conference reflects the ongoing economic volatility and stagnated growth in the UK and across Europe and the impact this having on organisations across the public and private sectors. Organisations are having to implement major change within an environment of profound uncertainty and the increasing prospect of a major global recession. Organisations are no longer able to respond through efficiency savings but instead are having to radically rethink their business strategies and restructure their core business functions. The conference will address the challenges of leading change in such an environment with speakers from both academic and practice fields presenting case studies and recent research on how to lead change initiatives in turbulent environments. Presentations will address how different types of skills are used by change leaders at different points in the change life cycle, using new change methodologies to achieve successful results and new perspectives on how to plan and manage change. The conference will also offer participants the opportunity to participate in Skill-Based Workshops where experts in the fields of leadership and change from both academia and business will focus on how to develop the skill sets necessary for leading complex change initiatives.


The day will consist of presentations, workshops and a panel discussion and supported by an on-line community of practice to support information exchange between participants.


Lucy Marti, Change Manager, Telefonica, Europe
Nicholas Clarke, senior lecturer in OB, University of Southampton
Dawn Langley, Alchemy Research & Consultancy

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Key facts

Cost: £85 including lunch and post-conference networking reception

Date: 19th April 2012


Guildhall Winchester
The Broadway
SO23 9GH

Speaker information

Malcom Higgs, professor of Leadership,Malcolm Higgs is the Professor of HR Management and Organisation Behaviour and leads the group working in this field in the Southampton Management School.

Pam Wharfe,Planning and Regeneration at London Borough of Barnet,Interim Director for Environment

Sharon Turnbull,Leadership Trust,Professor of Leadership, Sharon Turnbull say's her current research focus is on Wordly Leadership - uncovering ancient and indigenious leadership wisdoms for a more sustainable world.

Dr Tim Trebble,Portsmouth Hospitals Trust,Chief of Service Transformation, Tim Trebble says his current research interest is within gastroenterology and clinical manifestations of inflammatory bowel diseases.

Tony Melville,Gloucestershire Police Service,Tony Melville has a Masters Degree in Organisational Management from Manchester University, he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management.

Jeff Gold,Leeds Business School,Professor of Organisation Learning, Jeff Gold has produced much research on the topic of management and leadership.

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