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Yiannis Gabriel wins a 'Management Article of the Year' award

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An article written by Professor Yiannis Gabriel, Chair in Organisation Studies in the School of Management, has been named as one of the Chartered Management Institute’s (CMI) Management Articles of the Year.

The initiative aims to bridge the gap between academic management research and practising managers working in UK organisations.

Entitled ‘Against the tyranny of PowerPoint: technology-in-use and technology abuse’, Professor Gabriel’s paper examines some of the uses to which the software is put and some of its potential shortcomings.

Professor Gabriel said:

“I am delighted that my article against the tyranny of PowerPoint (but not against PowerPoint) was selected as one of the five management articles of the year. As someone who has always valued the practical applications of my research, this came as a particular pleasure and I hope that my piece can make a contribution towards more imaginative and creative uses of the opportunities that today's technology makes available to us.”

CMI launched the Management Articles of the Year initiative with the dual aim of ensuring business school research meets business needs and directing time-poor managers to the research that will help them most.

The competition helps meet priorities set out by the Government for universities to work more closely with businesses. It is also in line with research funding criteria which require academics to demonstrate research impact, and enables business schools to get practical feedback from the managers the research is meant to benefit.

Read the full article PDF ‘Against the tyranny of PowerPoint: technology-in-use and technology abuse’.

Notes to Editors
Yiannis Gabriel is Professor of Organizational Theory at the University of Bath School of Management.

Yiannis is well known for his work into leadership, management learning, organizational storytelling and narratives, psychoanalytic studies of work, and the culture and politics of contemporary consumption. He has used stories as a way of studying numerous social and organizational phenomena including leader-follower relations, group dynamics and fantasies, the management of change, innovation and knowledge transfer. Yiannis is co-founder and co-ordinator of the Organizational Storytelling Seminar series, now in its tenth year. More recently, Yiannis has carried out research on leadership and patient care in the hospital sector and on the experiences of sacked leaders and senior professionals.

Yiannis has taught executive courses, as visiting professor, at the Universities of Lund, Lille, Graz, Agricultural University of Athens, International Hellenic University and ALBA.  He has been a keynote speaker in most major academic management conferences and has run executive courses for a variety of public and private organizations in the health, engineering, construction and education sectors. In addition to his academic writing, he maintains an active blog addressed equally to practitioners and researchers.

He is the author of nine books and numerous articles as well as the University of London distant learning MBA Leadership module. His most recent publications include the Organizing Words: A Thesaurus for the Social and Organizational Studies (OUP, 2008) and articles on the uses and abuses of PowerPoint, ethics of care and hospital care, image and storytelling and leadership dysfunctions. He was editor of Management Learning and associate editor of Human Relations for a number of years and a trustee of The Tavistock Institute and the Bayswater Institute. His enduring fascination as a researcher and educator lies in what he describes as the enduring unpredictability and complexity of organizational life.

CMIThe CMI is the only chartered professional body dedicated to raising standards of management and leadership across all sectors of UK commerce and industry. Encouraging and recognising accessible academic writing and bringing it to the attention of practising managers is a key part of CMI’s commitment to improving the quality and integrity of managers and leaders who will, in turn, help their organisations perform better.

The CMI Management Articles of the Year initiative is supported by the British Academy of Management, the Advanced Institute of Management Research, the Association of Business Schools, and the British Library, and is sponsored by John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
CMI issued a challenge to the academic community, inviting academics to submit research for professional managers to review. Submitted articles were reviewed online and given a usefulness rating by CMI members and those with the best ratings were then scrutinised by the CMI Academic Advisory Council, a committee made up of leading academics from across the UK.

The article shortlist was selected through a two stage process. First, articles entered into the competition are reviewed and rated online by CMI’s membership for their usefulness to practising managers. Secondly the articles achieving the highest average ratings were scrutinised by CMI Academic Advisory Council, a committee made up of leading academics drawn from across the United Kingdom.For 2011, the top five articles were judged to have been:

All five articles are available to download in full in pdf. and CMI is currently inviting researchers to submit articles for the 2012 CMI Management Articles of the Year.

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General Notes For Editors:

The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) and 1st for Business Studies (The Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014.

We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976.

The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.

The School of Management has a faculty of over 100 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a professional support team of around 90 managerial and administrative staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,400 students in total comprising some 150 MBA students, over 500 Master’s students, 250 full- and part-time research students, and over 1500 undergraduates following BSc degrees.