Research Essentials

Perspectives on an academic environment: a collaborative blog by Gill Clough & Rebecca Ferguson

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April 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Importance of infrastructure Several people have made some very insightful posts about the proposed reorganization of IET; Patrick, Martin and Will have all made some interesting observations (and Patrick and Martin have used far better images than I have – but at least I took my photo myself 🙂 ).

Before arriving in IET, I worked in industry so my interpretation may be a little different to others. In my experience, decisions to reorganise get taken by upper management. I’ve been through more re-orgs than I can remember. Management explained why they were reorganizing but there was seldom any input or choice accorded to the employees. For that reason, the fact that there was a review in which IET staff were involved seemed quite novel to me. 

Some of the re-orgs I’ve been involved in have resulted in leaner, more effective organisations. Some have been a total waste of time and two years later have been reverted to the way they were originally. I don’t know how this one will turn out, but it does look like an opportunity to review the way things work with the aim of producing a better end product. With so many people involved in the consultation – the end product will either be very much better, or something designed by committee.

I hope it’s the former rather than the latter.

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