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The Oxford Review Encyclopaedia of Terms provides short definitions and longer articles about terms found in leadership, management, human resources, organisational development and change, learning and development and coaching.

How organisations unwittingly obstruct their own organisational change and other new research this month…

The Oxford Review Vol 2 No 8

  Research Briefings in this month’s Oxford Review:   Do workshops and classroom learning really help to develop ‘real’ problem solving skills and expertise? Keywords: Education, learning, problem solving, skills development, experience, expertise, transfer of learning, 70:20:10 A new study has examined whether there is real transfer of learning from workshop simulations and learning to ‘real-time’ […]

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Organisational openness: Definition and explanation

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Organisational openness is an across organisation philosophy which emphasises transparency in all areas and free unrestricted access to knowledge and information. It also incorporates and promotes positive collaboration and cooperative management and decision-making with an emphasis on learning as opposed to being right.     The main thrust of an open organisation is free access […]

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Intolerance of uncertainty: Definition and explanation

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What is Intolerance of uncertainty?   Intolerance of uncertainty is trait whereby an individual has negative beliefs about uncertainty in general and its consequences. As a result people with an Intolerance of uncertainty tend to react with negative thoughts, feelings and actions to situations or prospective situations that have a level of perceived uncertainty in them. Back […]

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Motivation: Definition and explanation

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What is motivation? Motivation is defined as the “psychological forces that determine the direction of a person’s level of effort and a person’s level of persistence in the face of obstacles” Motivation is in essence what is considered to be what drive behaviour, action and importantly persistence. See also: Extrinsic Motivation, and Intrinsic Motivation   Back […]

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Extrinsic Motivation: Definition and explanation

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What is Extrinsic Motivation? Extrinsic motivation refers to behaviour that is driven by external rewards. For example, someone who plays football largely because they are paid for playing football would be said to be extrinsically motivated. See also: Intrinsic Motivation Motivation Back to the Oxford Review Encyclopaedia of Terms

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Ideation – definition and explanation

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Ideation – the basis of creativity. Ideation is the process of coming up with or creating new ideas or concepts. Previous research has identified four factors that underpin ideation: Motivation or effort General human capital or knowledge Specific human capital or the ability to accurately evaluate ideas, and Imagination or the ability to innovate, be […]

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Absorptive capacity: Definition and explanation

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Absorptive capacity What is absorptive capacity? Absorptive capacity is an organisation’s ability to identify, assimilate, transform, and use external knowledge, research and practice. In other words, absorptive capacity is the measure of the rate at which an organisation can learn and use scientific, technological or other knowledge that exists outside of the organisation itself. It […]

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Open Innovation: definition and explanation

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Open Innovation What is open innovation? The term open innovation means a situation where an organisation doesn’t just rely on their own internal knowledge, sources and resources (such as their own staff or R&D for example) for innovation (of products, services, business models, processes etc.) but also uses multiple external sources (such as customer feedback, […]

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