The Oxford Review Blog: Evidence-based practice research briefings

This one thing predicts how defensive a mixed team of professionals are likely to be.

The status and stability of the social groups we are part of tends to dictate the way in which we communicate with people who are considered to be in a lower social group, whether you like it or not! A new study just published has shown that coming from a higher status social group will […]

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The BIG difference between the Oxford Review and the Harvard Business Review

I am often asked what the difference is between the Harvard Business Review and the Oxford Review… There is quite a bit of a difference between HBR and The Oxford Review. The first and most important difference is that the HBR doesn’t actually publish much in the way of research. Most of what it publishes […]

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Most leaders’ decision making is “ill-informed, outdated, and incorrect”

leadership decision-making

A 2005 study found that many leadership strategic decisions are based on, and I quote, “evidence that is ill-informed, outdated, and incorrect”. Yes, leaders are usually using the most up-to-date internal data from their various management information systems to make operational and tactical decisions, however when it comes to the underlying, and often hidden, deep […]

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The 3 Human Resources Credibility Factors

HR Credibility

One of the things Human Resources are constantly battling with is developing and maintaining credibility, especially with the operational functions in organisations. It is a continual background tension that sits behind just about every HR department and every thing they do and contribute. Creating credibility and developing influence in an organisation isn’t easy for anyone […]

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The 5 dissent tactics of employees and how to deal with them


It is estimated that somewhere between 50 and 70% of employees, will, at some point in their employment feel that the organisation has wronged, mistreated or let them down in some way. These issues are referred to as psychological contract breaches. This is where an employee feels that the organisation has failed to fulfil its […]

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What you should to know about the organizational levels of development

organisational levels of development

All organisations go through stages as they develop. A research paper just published by researchers this month has identified the 6 levels of organisational development. Not only does this work appear to be valid but it has huge importance for business owners, leaders, managers, Organisational Development, Human Resources, Learning & Development professionals, consultants and coaches. […]

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Becoming influential as an L&D practitioner

learning and development

Whilst carrying out the research for my forthcoming book, Fear to Flow, I interviewed 231 L&D professionals around the world. People in L&D have a unique place in organisations. Because they are responsible for development often across an entire organisation, they tend to have a more objective and wider overview of the needs of an […]

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Does the reputation of your organisation make any practical difference to its employees?


An interesting study has just been published that looks at the effects of corporate reputation on the people who work inside the organisation and the organisation’s performance in the market. The researchers used 263 data points and a process called structural equation modelling, which is a whole set of computer modelling and factor analyses processes […]

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