The latest research briefings from the Oxford Review

The latest research briefings from the Oxford Review


In this month’s Oxford Review we have research briefings about:

Emotional competence

A new study looking at emotional competence and the concept of passionate restraint. Among other fascinating findings  this study found differences in how people perceived women and men displaying both emotional competence and passionate restraint.



What makes the difference between successful and less successful entrepreneurs?

A brilliant study of 198 SME’s to find the the basis of the difference between successful and unsuccessful companies and in particular the entrepreneurs that drive them. Interestingly they found evidence for different cognitive and creative styles.



How to make your organisation ambidextrous

The third research briefing looks at a study about how successful organisations create organisational ambidexterity (the ability to exploit existing products and services, whilst innovating and developing new products, services and ways of working). The study found aligning three factors has the greatest effect.



How to manage and win with co-optition

A really useful piece of research looking at co-optition (working with rival organisations for a win/win) found that there are 3 levels of tension in co-optition situations. This enabled the researchers to discern two different ways to manage co-optition. Usefully the researchers found 5 evidence based recommendations for organisations, leaders and managers in co-optition situations.



How men and women differ in their definitions of success

This research briefing reports on a series of studies looking at how men and women define success in the workplace. Not only was the researcher able to discover what those differences are they also found there is fairly definitive order of importance between women and men as well.



How small companies should be using HR and Human resource management practices

We report an an interesting and useful study that looks at the HR and HRM practices which aid growth of small companies. This is not only useful for entrepreneurs and business owners, but also HR consultants and practitioners.



Study discovers the single most important management practice that leads to stronger growth for small firms

A study into the activities of 512 small firms has shown that the companies who invest in research & development (R&D) have two patterns of complementary activity, only one of which shows a steady increase in revenue. They were also able to find that one single management practice led to the greatest growth.



Who are the best learners in an organisation?

This research briefing looks at how to predict who are likely to be the most committed learners in an organisation, and contrary to popular belief it has nothing to do with age. The researchers found one single two-tier factor predicts willingness to learn in organisations.


The knowledge competency gap many organisations have

A new study looking at knowledge management and how organisations use knowledge to develop a learning organisation found that most organisations have a knowledge competency gap. This research briefing shows exactly what the competency gap is and reports on the solutions.



The one common method for dealing with your emotions that makes it harder to achieve your goals, lowers your problem solving ability and makes it more likely you will get stuck in a negative mood

The research briefing looks at a new research study into how people deal with their emotions in organisations and finds that a very common emotion regulation technique makes it more difficult and unlikely that the individuals using it will achieve their goals. Additionally they found that this common technique for dealing with emotions also reduces people’s problem solving ability and makes it much more likely they will get stuck in negative moods more often.



How decision-making elites make great decisions

This research briefing looks at an in-depth study into an elite decision-making strategy and what the 5 stages are of using this technique to create great decision making in complex situations.



How entrepreneurs often hold back their own organisations growth

An interesting study examines a phenomenon where entrepreneurs end up creating drag and stunting growth for their own companies. The study found that this one thing can reduce the value of a company by anything between 17.1 and 22%. It also makes evidence based recommendations about how to deal with this.



The effects of anger

This research briefing examines an MRI study by a team of scientists across the world looking at the effects of anger. This includes how it can slow a persons thinking and other cognitive and emotional effects.



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David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson is the Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford Review. He is also acknowledged to be one of the world's leading experts in dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty and developing emotional resilience. David teaches and conducts research at a number of universities including the University of Oxford, Medical Sciences Division, Cardiff University, Oxford Brookes University School of Business and many more. He has worked with many organisations as a consultant and executive coach including Schroders, where he coaches and runs their leadership and management programmes, Royal Mail, Aimia, Hyundai, The RAF, The Pentagon, the governments of the UK, US, Saudi, Oman and the Yemen for example. In 2010 he developed the world's first and only model and programme for developing emotional resilience across entire populations and organisations which has since become known as the Fear to Flow model which is the subject of his next book. In 2012 he drove a 1973 VW across six countries in Southern Africa whilst collecting money for charity and conducting on the ground charity work including developing emotional literature in children and orphans in Africa and a number of other activities. He is the author of The Ambiguity Advanatage: What great leaders are great at, published by Palgrave Macmillian. See more: About: About David Wikipedia: David's Wikipedia Page

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