WREOC Sheffield Seminar - Employee Ownership and Motivation

Posted in: WREOC
Event date: Nov 06 2013
Inter-disciplinary Centre for the Social Sciences, University of Sheffield

The seminar will discuss the inter-connection of staff ownership and work motivation, from the perspective of established companies, new start ups, public service developments, and via discussion of a review of current research. The intention is to share existing knowledge and clarify key areas for research, with an emphasis on the issues that are highest in profile for those who are managing, or supporting, employee owned organisations.

9.30 Coffee

10.00 Welcome

10.05 Professor Julian Le Grand (LSE)

‘Mutuals, Markets and Motivation’
[Initial Response: Chris Lightfoot – Co-Ownership Solutions]

10.45 David Fairhurst (Director, Mutual Ventures)

‘Employee owned start-ups in Public Services’
[Initial Response: Professor Andrew Pendleton– University of York]

11.25-11.35 Break

11.35 Projects in major employee owned businesses

‘Staff Motivation and Culture in a major Employee Owned Organisation’

Alden Whittaker-Brown, Head of Group Executive Office, Arup

"What Co-ownership means for the John Lewis Partnership a hundred year experiment in industrial democracy."

Simon Fowler, Managing Director, John Lewis Oxford Street, Chairman of the Employee Ownership Asssociation

[Initial Response: Professor Gordon Dabinett – University of Sheffield, Dr. Malcolm Patterson, University of Sheffield]

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00 Dr. Ute Stephan & Dr. Malcolm Patterson (University of Sheffield)

‘How Organisations can create culture change for the greater good – a review of the evidence’

14.15 Action session – generating summarised insights and next steps

15.00 END

To be held in the Inter-disciplinary Centre for the Social Sciences, University of Sheffield, ICOSS (Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences)

219 Portobello, Sheffield  S1 4DP

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