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Sixty Minute Master Classes

Small study group

FRESH THINKING FROM WORLD CLASS THOUGHT LEADERS


Our Sixty Minute Master Classes are designed to bring you fresh insights and
ideas from leading researchers and faculty members, for the direct benefit of your business.
 

Master Classes are delivered at Aston Business School's state of the art Conference Aston facilities in central Birmingham.


Previous Sixty Minute Master Classes


Virtual Teams and Team Leadership

In the eighth of our 'Sixty Minutes for Sixty Seconds' Master Classes,  Dr Patrick Tissington of Aston Business School’s Work & Organisational Psychology Group discusses the integration of teamwork in a connected world and the challenge of leading virtual teams.

The advent of communications technologies has made it easier for people to work anywhere, any time. As a result, more and more work in large organisations is being carried out by physically dispersed teams. In his presentation, Dr Patrick Tissington explores the issues surrounding the leadership and support of virtual teams.

Watch the video capture of the Master Class.
Download a PDF of the slide presentation.


Revolution in Sales: How to Avoid Being First Against the Wall

In the seventh of our “Sixty Minutes for Sixty Seconds” Master Classes, Professor Nick Lee & Dr. John Rudd of Aston Business School’s Marketing Group illustrate the revolution in sales over the past few years.

The presentation focuses on the major changes markets have gone through in recent times, including those that were already going on prior to the financial crisis.

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Download a PDF of the slide presentation.


Getting on with the Boss! Developing a relationship-based approach to leadership

In the sixth of our “Sixty Minutes for Sixty Seconds” Master Classes, Professor Robin Martin illustrates the importance of a relationship-based approach to leadership.

The presentation focusses on how the relationship between manager and subordinate develops and relates to employee and team well-being and performance:
  • Why is relationship quality so important to leadership?
  • Why do managers have good relationships with some team members and poor relationships with others?
  • How to manage 'difficult' people!
  • How to develop good relationships with all team members.
Watch the video capture and slideshow of Professor Martin's Master Class.
Download a PDF of Professor Martin's presentation.
Download Professor Martin's questionnaire and assess the quality of the relationship with your manager (PDF).

Managing People to Promote Innovation

In the fifth of our “Sixty Minutes for Sixty Seconds” Master Classes Dr Helen Shipton, Director of Aston Centre for Human Resources and Senior Lecturer in the Work & Organisational Psychology Group expands on what managerial practices, or combinations of practices, optimise an organisation’s propensity to achieve innovation through its employees

The presentation explores:

  • How to release the creative potential of employees at work
  • The role of HRM specialists in combination with line managers in setting the parameters for innovation
  • The creation of an action plan to increase innovation within your organisation.
Watch the video capture and slideshow of Dr Shipton's Master Class.
Download a PDF of Dr Shipton's presentation.
Download a synthesis of the discussion group feedback (PDF).

View Dr Helen Shipton's sixty second nugget on rising to the change challenge.


Leveraging External Business Relationships to Get Ready for Change

In the fourth of our “Sixty Minutes for Sixty Seconds” Master Classes Dr Michael Smets, Lecturer in Strategy Economics and Strategy Group discusses:
  • The strategies required for a business to be ready for change.
  • The portfolio approach to strategic business relationships – who do you want them with and for what purpose?
  • Tools for appraising and effectively managing a portfolio of business relationships: What relationships to invest in – and how?

“A very useful and thought provoking start to the day!” Tina Morris, Organisation Development & Learning, Birmingham City Council

Watch the video capture and slideshow of Dr Smets' Master Class (PDF).
Download a PDF of Dr Smets' presentation.
Download a synthesis of the discussion group feedback (PDF).


Five Readiness Factors for Organisational Change

In the third of our “Sixty Minutes for Sixty Seconds” Master Classes Dr Michael Butler, Senior Lecturer - Work & Organisational Psychology Group, discusses the five focal areas we need to address to make our organisations more agile.

Watch the video capture and slideshow of Dr Butler's Master Class.
Download a synthesis of the discussion group feedback (PDF).

View Dr Michael Butler's sixty second nugget on Five Readiness Factors for Organisational Change.


Marketing: it’s all about T-shirts and posters...right?

In the second of our “Sixty Minutes for Sixty Seconds” Master Classes Dr John Rudd, Head of Aston Business School's Marketing Group, specifies clear rules to build a more effective marketing culture.

Watch the video capture and slideshow of Dr John Rudd's Master Class.
Download a synthesis of the discussion group feedback (PDF).

View Dr John Rudd's sixty second nugget on improving your marketing strategy.


In the first of our “Sixty Minutes for Sixty Seconds” Master Classes Professor Michael West, former Executive Dean of Aston Business School, shows how to create high performance teams – to drive organisational transition in times of transformational change.

Watch the video capture and slideshow of Professor Michael West's Master Class.

View Professor Michael West's sixty second nugget on creating high performance teams.


Professor Leslie Young, Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Institute of Business, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, positions the economic crisis of the USA as a consequence of its deindustrialisation by China, and discusses the implications for the West.

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