Posted on 19/04/2010
Royal Holloway, University of London hosted a unique event on 16 April 2010 exploring not only how the current recession came about but also giving businesses advice on how to leave the recession and avoid future shocks.
This successful event – organised by the Leadership Academy, which is a partnership between Royal Holloway, the University of Surrey, the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, the Open University, and the University of Greenwich – united leadership practitioners, academics and businesses to look at new ways of leading and innovation to position themselves for growth. ‘Generating the Upturn: Rethink, Redesign, Revalue or Revert’ drew on the knowledge and experience of a range of professionals and business leaders to provide academic and practical insights into dealing with ambiguity in business.
The keynote speakers at this event were Paul O′Neil, Chief Executive Officer at International Financial Data Services, and John Peters, who came to the world’s attention in January 1991 when as a POW his bruised and battered face flashed onto television screens around the world. John has written two best-selling books on his experiences and won Independent Documentary of the Year and is a BAFTA Award Nominee.
Paul, who has over thirty years of financial service experience, commented on the success of the event: "The enthusiastic participation by the audience is a credit to the workshop forum. Everyone was engaged and seemed excited to be part of the program. I believe we all learned from each other."
Chris Howorth, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of History and Social Sciences at Royal Holloway and co-organiser of the day said, “This event provided the business community with vital insights and advice during this period of change. The day was a successful example both of business and research intensive universities working together and of government funding being used to aid organisations out of the recession in a truly constructive way.”
David Sweeney, Director for Research, Innovation and Skills at HEFCE, added, “This is an excellent example of collaboration between universities and business. It is heartening to see positive and beneficial interaction between business and academic communities to enhance economic growth."