17 January Meeting
Meeting Minutes-Paul’s Excellent 7
WMG Common Room
Meeting Called By: Paul’s Excellent 7
Type Of Meeting: Progress
Name of Meeting Facilitator: Yanik
List Of Attendees:
1. General Business
Discussion of managing various commitments and where we are. Jan looking into booking syndicate room permanently. First ‘proper’ meeting.
2. Absent Members
We were disappointed that only four people made it today. We contacted everyone, or they emailed us. Mostly, they had forgotten.
No progress on project, last week spent on PMA and module. Have been reading Sustainability blog for ideas. Will be working on project during the next week.
Re-did study plan. Has done initial literature review, hard to narrow focus from lean, leadership and stakeholders. Main interest with latter, so got rid of lean. Taking a stakeholder management approach, so all stakeholders benefit, not just shareholders – this is where leadership comes in…strategy. Lean still has a place.
Now trying to define problem regarding level of stakeholders – primary, secondary, or difference between. Next problem – work out research methodology. Further work on literature required first though. Not sure about scope – UK, Germany, Europe? SME’s/big company?
Gave advice – keep your initial lit review based on problems, not solutions. Has already submitted proposal! Wanted to use EFQM to measure competitiveness of Greek SME’s, not possible in time limits though. Greek organisations not competitive compared with rest of world, less so than previously. Only 7% of them better than the average American company.
Will look at literature on competitiveness. Wants to now try to create framework for getting Greece competitive, and how EFQM then might compare – identify methods/tools to improve. Hopes to introduce into Greek SME for one month, and get feedback. Aware he might meet resistance within company.
Has article on Chinese growth – unsustainable. Country will suffer, rising social tensions. Due to lack of innovation and creativity, sustainability. Will link to Mexico. Has links to Jan (sustainability of business) and Vagelis (improving competitiveness locally).
Hopes to find necessary info in literature, but otherwise might use case study approach. Innovation hard to ‘implement’, need to find a way of doing so - a plan for responsible development.
Summary Of Discussion:
General progress discussed.
Most of those who attended are in good shape, and finding to time to work on the project. We had a very good meeting, and wish the others could have been there to benefit too.
Everyone needs to carry on with project work, remembering that the deadline we set for proposal submission is next Wednesday (26th).
Also, Jan is looking into booking a syndicate room for us to regularly use on Monday evenings.
Next Meeting: 7pm in WMG Common Room (unless Jan says otherwise). Yanik will be late, he is already attending a lecture from a guest speaker from 6pm till 7.30 (part of the Distinguished Lecture Series – Lloyds Bank CEO, if anyone else is interested).