It is not easy for trainers and educators in the archives and records management field to find formal ways of learning the necessary skills and expertise to teach. Educators, and more particularly trainers, are frequently only teaching as part of a practitioner’s heavy workload. Whilst they are often experts in their own field or specialism with much to pass on to other members of the profession and its supporting para-professional staff: this does not guarantee effective training for those wishing to learn from them. As the experts it is appropriate that they should teach the next generations of practitioners and although some are naturally gifted teachers, there is always something to learn to improve delivery of training. Moreover, in many parts of the world training is very expensive to deliver and cascaded learning, where a few people attend formal training and then feed it back to their colleagues and institutions, is an effective and a cheaper option.
This resource pack is intended for anyone who wants some guidance or direction in planning, organising and delivering effective training for both professionals and support staff whatever their working or learning environment. The bulk of the pack addresses the various techniques for delivering training but it also covers the practical administrative tasks that are essential for successful training courses and which underpin the training content. Keep Reading…
Studies about Power and Influence in Establishing Continuing Professional Education
Abstract: Studying power and influence tactics and the contexts in which they are used in program planning can advance understanding of establishing continuing professional education (CPE) programs. Researchers (Caffarella, 2002; Cervero & Wilson, 1994; Yang, et al 1998) have primarily focused on power and influence tactics used by adult educators (Caffarella, 2002; Cervero & Wilson, 1994; Yang et al, 1998). This case focuses on identifying and measuring the power and influence tactics in the context of an organization deciding whether or not to establish a CPE program.
Background: This case involves a professional credentialing authority that manages professional state licensure. To protect identities the professional credentialing authority is referred to as the Midwest Board. A trend of establishing continuing professional education (CPE) programs for the profession regulated by the Midwest Board presently exists. Twenty-six states require CPE for the profession, and legislation is in place but not yet implemented in thirteen states, including the state where the Midwest Board is located. Legislation is also being considered in nine other states. Trends of this nature have been mainly driven by the threat of state governments to legislate CPE for various professions. Professions have responded by establishing CPE programs on their own, thus enabling professions to maintain a degree of control. Keep reading….
In my preceding chapters I have tried, by going into the minutiae of the science of piloting, to carry the reader step by step to a comprehension of what the science consists of; and at the same time I have tried to show him that it is a very curious and wonderful science, too, and very worthy of his attention. If I have seemed to love my subject, it is no surprising thing, for I loved the profession far better than any I have followed since, and I took a measureless pride in it.
The reason is plain: a pilot, in those days, was the only unfettered and entirely independent human being that lived in the earth. Kings are but the hampered servants of parliament and people; parliaments sit in chains forged by their constituency; the editor of a newspaper cannot be independent, but must work with one hand tied behind him by party and patrons, and be content to utter only half or two-thirds of his mind; no clergyman is a free man and may speak the whole truth, regardless of his parish’s opinions; writers of all kinds are manacled servants of the public. Click here to read more…
The globalization process is significantly affecting the economic and commercial life of nations. Changing economic conditions and intensification of global competition have given management education an increasingly central role in the success of individuals and corporations. Management education has spread in the last fifteen-twenty years in India. Management education, at this juncture, needs a critical examination as only developing talent can take India forward.
Global competition is changing the relationship between management education and business. The efforts for building leadership pipelines in organizations have intensified in the last five to six years. Continuous changes in both technology and economic systems, along with the speed of change, require executives to be engaged in a constant learning process. Management education has become a major profession that attracts considerable attention across the world. The purpose of this paper is to engage all concerned in a serious discussion with a view to revamping management education in India as a prelude to better participation and viability in the global economy. Click here to read more…
A Case Study about Lean Planning in the Semi-Process Industry
Abstract: The lean approach is an idealizing improvement approach that has an enormous impact in the field of Operations Management. The approach is basically very process oriented and there was less attention first for planning and control, this being the profession of dealing with all kind of non-ideal manufacturing and supply-chain restrictions. During the last years, however, planning and control have been integrated in the lean approach, leading to the concept of lean planning. Cyclic schedules form an important element of lean planning, certainly in the (semi-) process industry.
Introduction: During the last years, planning and control has been integrated rather well in the lean approach. Lean planning has an important impact in practice already. This paper describes a lean planning case study in a semi-process production plant. The case study is interesting in itself and illustrates well how lean planning can be developed in practice. It is also used, however, to show how context dependent the mechanisms are that are coupled with lean planning. That makes the results of lean interventions difficult to predict. The case study stresses in this way the complexity of developing the lean approach into theory.
Told through the lens of the Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB-UK) volunteers, A Year of Awareness gave engineers a creative platform to communicate their experiences of taking part in engineering projects in developing communities worldwide. The project aimed to develop and support a number of passionate and inspiring engineering students who were interested in communicating the value of their profession. Click here to read more on Engineers Without Borders
As balanced scorecards have become increasingly common tools used to manage entire businesses, many training and development professionals have tried to adapt them for use in our profession. For example, ASTD developed its Workplace Learning and Performance Scorecard in 2006, and Ajay Pangarkar and Teresa Kirkwood published their Trainer’s Balanced Scorecard in 2009.
Such scorecards are generic ones that focus on the overall operations of a training operation. Some organizations need more specific scorecards that focus on the performance of an individual training program and the performance of learners as they make the transition from the classroom to the workplace. That’s the situation faced by the Training Center of Excellence at Discover Financial Services. This case study describes that challenge and the solution the training team at Discover devised, and explains how they arrived at that solution—and what they learned from it. Keep reading
The Role of Professional Accounting in Business: Accountability, transparency and ethics in business and financial reporting have become more important than ever in the wake of the global financial crisis. Professional accountants are crucial business advisors, helping protect the interests of stakeholders in every industry. The Institute of Chartered Accountants is at the forefront of promoting and ensuring ethical business practice, with Chartered Accountants working in every industry and sector.
Introduction: The Institute has an important role in promoting financial integrity in society, through its leadership of the profession and its advocacy work in influencing policy and regulatory frameworks in Australia and abroad. Chartered Accountants serve the public interest through their obligation to uphold the profession’s high standards of duty and service in every area of business and the economy, including finance, commerce, public practice, government, academia and the not-for-profit sector. Click here to read more…
Background: In addition to offering executive coaching and leadership programs within organizations, the Newfield Network offers public coach training programs in which individuals from any organization can be trained as an internal coach. It was in one of its public coach training programs that a senior human resources (HR) representative of the nonprofit organization experienced the transforming power of coaching. The HR representative asked Newfield Network to interview with the organization with the goal of assisting it with some of the changes it was facing…
Strategy: The profession and field of coaching has yet to powerfully define itself or distinguish itself from other related professions, such as training and consulting. Coaching, as Newfield Network defines it, can be an effective catalyst for change. Coaches, internal and external, need to become powerful observers—of themselves, of others, and of the various systems in which they live and work. The more they can see or observe, the more opportunities they have to intervene or take different actions…
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For several decades there has been increasing interest in the audit and assurance profession in developing audit methods and standards that improve our ability to address the possibility of detect significant financial statement fraud. In the standards arena, SAS No. 82, Consideration of Fraud in a Financial Statement Audit (AICPA 1997), was promulgated in 1997. This audit standard requires CPAs to assess and document the risk of fraud during audit planning and to document changes to audit programs resulting from that assessment.
Unfortunately, both practice development and academic research have been handicapped by a lack of a rigorous framework to facilitate assessment of audits in contexts where the potential for fraud is significant. The purpose of this paper is to develop a framework to assist audit planning and evaluation given explicit consideration of the possibility of fraud. The model development is based on an evidential network that has two major sub-networks: one to capture risk and evidential relationships for a conventional financial statement audit and another to capture the risk and evidential relationships for SAS No. 82 fraud risk assessment. Read more..