Swansea Business School Academics win prestigious UK competition


An article written by two academics from University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has won the first prize in the Chartered Management Institute’s Articles of the Year Competition.  

Dr David Griffiths and Maggie Inman

The article, entitled ‘High performance workplaces: a practical approach to managing complexity and coping with change’, was written by Dr David Griffiths and Dr Margaret Inman of UWTSD’s Swansea Business School (SBS).

According to the authors, managing complexity and coping with the change it brings are two of the biggest challenges facing organisations today. This academic work introduces practical high-performance approaches to negotiating real-world challenges, illustrated via a case study of a top 400 United States accounting firm.

The academic work was submitted into the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Management Articles of the Year competition last December and was voted the best in the UK following a shortlisting process which included five other entries from academics from universities in the UK.  The overall winner was announced at an awards ceremony held in the British Library, London, on Monday, 8 February.

Dr David Griffiths said: “We are delighted that our article has won the prestigious Chartered Management Institute ‘Management Articles of the Year’ competition. Our article is illustrative of the leading-edge, applied, employment-focused approach taken within our teaching and research at Swansea Business School. As a leading Business School we want to ensure that our work fosters a culture of enterprise and works to provide solutions to real-world challenges.”

Dr Margaret Inman, Head of SBS, said: “This accolade clearly demonstrates the quality of the professional and academic research output from the Swansea Business School. Every aspect of the School, from our research to our academic and professional development programmes, is underpinned by our collaboration with business and industry. This ensures that we are in a strong position to support the local and national economy.”

Sir Paul Judge, Chairman of the Academic Advisory Council, Chartered Management Institute, congratulated the winning authors:

“Many organisations are continuing to recover from the financial crisis with more growth and investment in new products and processes and fewer redundancies. However, the impact of change remains significant.

“Dr David Griffiths and Dr Maggie Inman’s CMI Article of the Year focuses on practical approaches to effectively managing complexity and creating meaningful change. Sustainable, high performance workplaces require effective engagement and involvement in the change process and a focus on decision-making. Their article provides practical insights and solutions to the challenges businesses may face in the months ahead.”

Each article submitted into the competition was reviewed and rated by members of the CMI. The annual competition is designed to help demonstrate the impact of academic work; reach a wider audience, with an article accessible by over 100,000 professional CMI members; celebrate success, with the winning author/s receiving a £1,000 cash prize.

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Photograph:  Dr David Griffiths, Sir Paul Judge, Dr Maggie Inman.

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