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Building Career Mobility: Helping Workers to Enhance Career Mobility in Uncertain Times


Journal for Perspectives of Economic Political and Social Integration. Journal for Mental Changes, January 2019

There is evidence that organisational career role-holders are changing roles more frequently. Despite this, career theories such as the career capital lens have so far neglected this role transition context. By adopting the lens of career capital theory specifically, this paper explores what aspects of career capital role holders need to facilitate their own voluntary, sideward or upward role transitions.

Building career mobility: A critical exploration of career capital


National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, October 2018

Work transitions can be stressful to those who experience them, and yet are happening more frequently, as the notion of a job for life fades. Ensuring smooth and successful work transitions is therefore in the direct interests of individuals and, indirectly, employers. Using the career capital construct, this article explores how work transitions can be better negotiated by individuals.

Career capital: Building our mobility with in an evolving world of work


Career Matters, April 2018

This article explores how we can build our career mobility in the modern world of work.

(Evaluation in the) United Kingdom

Book Chapter

The Institutionalisation of Evaluation in Europe

Evaluation in the United Kingdom (UK) has been influenced by various political, social and professional contexts. In keep with other chapters in this compendium, this chapter explores evaluation from these various lenses.

Human Dignity, Higher-Order Needs, and Spiritual Leadership Theory


19th ILA Global Conference, Brussels, Belgium

The theory of spiritual leadership rests on an assumption that leaders can positively impact the well-being of followers while also producing positive results for stakeholders, society, and themselves (Fry, 2003). The primary aim of this paper is to advance the theory of spiritual leadership by demonstrating human dignity, as an expression of human value, to be one of its implied philosophical foundations. To this end, this paper explores the conceptual connections between human dignity, higher-order needs (Maslow, 1943), and spiritual leadership theory

Evaluating local implementation: An evidence-based approach


Policy and Society, May 2010

This article, based on data collected from a year-long study, investigates the evaluation of a UK local government policy implementation and the use of evaluation data as an evidence-base for public policy (Bovaird & Loeffler, 2007; McCoy & Hargie, 2001; Schofield, 2004; Stern, 2008). Our case study highlights a number of issues. First, uncertainty and ambiguity of policy direction inhibiting the establishment of clear evaluation goals, which, second, results in frustration among stakeholders at a perceived disparity between what we term problem-inspired policy and problem-solving policy.

Responsibility and Governance: The Twin Pillars of Sustainability

Book Chapter

Responsibility and Governance: The Twin Pillars of Sustainability

This chapter explores issues of sustainability in the modern day.

Evaluation for What Purpose? Findings From Two Stakeholder Groups

Book Chapter

Evaluation for What Purpose? Findings From Two Stakeholder Groups

A host of reasons exist for the pursuit of evidence in the public sector, including to support good governance and policy development. As the expectations for evaluation from policymakers have evolved, so too has evaluation practice and a great deal of experimentalism has ensued. There is a risk that these developments, and the inherent complexity within them, may lead to conflicting expectations about why evaluation is done or even a loss of purpose. This prompts the meso-level analysis of two types of stakeholders in a governance network, explored in this chapter.

Trust Matters: Distrust in an External Evaluation of a Public Sector Program


International Journal of Public Administration, 2017

This article draws upon autoethnographic data to explore distrust in an evaluation relationship from the perspective of an external evaluator. The study is based within a local-level evaluation of an economic regeneration program. The longitudinal nature of the study allowed for trust and the evaluation relationship to be examined with time and process present—a gap in previous evaluation studies. The exploration demonstrates various causes and symptoms of distrust within one evaluation. The article also reflects on the autoethnographic research approach adopted.

Extending Time – Extended Benefits


Public Management Review

This article argues that there are considerable benefits in using longitudinal research in public management and public policy research. Evaluation research (and UK public management research more generally) still pre-eminently utilizes a short-term perspective, preventing the value of longitudinal, rich data being realized. We argue that longitudinal research develops a deeper contextual approach, and will demonstrate how such methodologies can enhance research endeavours through an extended temporality.

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