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The Box-Of-Chocolate Phenonema: Using narratives to improve staff morale in large organisations (15 pages)

BOEHM, Carola, Ainley, Carol, Bason, Paul, Din, Mo, Jones, Helen, Lewin, Rita, Rowe, Helen, Shutt, Mark and Stevens, Bev (2011) The Box-Of-Chocolate Phenonema: Using narratives to improve staff morale in large organisations (15 pages). In: Proceedings of the 11th Global Conference on Business & Economics, Manchester. Global Conference on Business and Economics, MMU Crewe. ISBN 978-0-9830452-1-2

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In 2010 a group of senior managers of the Manchester Metropolitan University, one of the largest universities in the United Kingdom with over 4000 members of staff, started a project to explore ways of encouraging a more positive attitude amongst the wider staff community and to begin to change perceptions of the organisation, i.e to change the cultural narrative of their own institution.

The objectives of the project was to use narratives - as a richer set of data - to provide a deeper understanding of how staff develop different identification factors in relation to the institution, locally as well as corporate and to devise and implement a strategy that would allow the institution to create a new and more positive narrative about itself. The investigation resulted in the development of a major institutional-wide initiative, which is in its early stages.
The paper will describe the results of the project, which collected evidences from a institutional-wide staff survey, from structured focus groups, from a talking-heads video that gave individuals the opportunity to have their thoughts to be recorded and a literature review, as well as outline the new initiative, developed from the findings of this project, which is in its early stages of development.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Humanities and Performing Arts
Depositing User: Carola BOEHM
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2019 14:50
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2019 14:50
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/5182

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