Insight

I try hard to make a positive contribution to the organisations and sectors with which I work. One of the ways I seek to do this is by creating and sharing insight into the issues and challenges that they face.

Some of the things I am focusing on at the moment are:

  • academic workload modelling;
  • strategy in the public and not-for-profit sectors; and
  • better ways of budgeting.

If you’d like to know more about my work in these and other areas, please read on. Or just drop me a line.

Academic workload modelling

Academic workload modelling is an approach to understanding how members of academic staff spend their time when they are at work, from teaching and research to management, administration, academic citizenship and other activities.

I’ve written a how-to guide to workload modelling for higher education institutions, as well as a basic workload modelling template that institutions can use and build upon.

Find out more here.

Strategy in the public and not-for-profit sectors

I’m looking at the notion of strategy and how it applies to the public and not-for-profit sectors. Commercial organisations are all about generating profits and competing with their peers for market share, but the public and not-for-profit sectors are different.

I do quite a lot of work around strategy with my clients and it’s clear that this is a complex area with no easy answers. But it’s equally clear to me that there’s a lot the public and not-for-profit sectors can learn from corporate strategy and the idea of competitive advantage.

I’m not sure yet where my research in this area is going, but if you’re into this sort of thing and you’d like to get involved, please do get in touch.

Findings better ways of budgeting

Budgets are important. They help organisations to understand the resources they have available. They provide the opportunity for organisations to plan what they want to do and how they’ll pay for it. And they allow them to see how they’re doing as the year progresses.

But the annual budgeting process and cycle is hugely time- and resource-intensive and doesn’t keep pace with the rapidly-changing environment in which today’s organisations operate. There must be a better way.

This idea that there must be a better way of ‘doing’ budgeting is all I have at the moment. But I’m starting to think about alternatives and how they might work. Again, if this sort of thing is up your street, please do drop me a line. It would be great to have someone to bounce some ideas around with.