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Dr. Miles Weaver, Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Management. This lecture was first delivered to an audience attending one of Leicester Business School's Open Day events. ...

Dr. Miles Weaver, Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Management. This lecture was first delivered to an audience attending one of Leicester Business School's Open Day events.

Discusses Barack Obama 'Race to the Whitehouse' explored through motivational and leadership theory. A sample for a taster lecture of a typical lecture at Leicester Business School, DMU.


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    Barack Obama race to the whitehouse: Explored through relevant management theory Barack Obama race to the whitehouse: Explored through relevant management theory Presentation Transcript

    • To Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin, and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation, with profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for presidency of the United StatesBarack Obama’s Acceptance Speech (August 28, 2008)
    • ‘The race to the Whitehouse: Some theoretical perspectives on the art of Obama’s victory’
      Miles Weaver,
      Lecturer in Strategic Management,
      Leicester Business School
      Office hours:
      Monday 4PM – 5PM
      Wednesday 12PM – 1PM
    • Session learning Outcomes
      Discuss how management and strategy theory can be linked to practiseusing a real world example
      Demonstrate how this can be discussed in class
      Draw some lessons on the DMU student learning experience
    • Activity
      “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer”
      – Barack Obama Victory Speech (2008)
      What factors could explain Obama’s victory in the US elections?
      Write some key words on the post-it for discussion
      “Yes We Can. Thank you, God bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America”
    • Management and strategy theory- can help us understand and analyse the discussion question
      Management is the activity of getting things done with the aid of people and other resources (Boddy, 2008)
      Organising
      Organisational structure
      Managing people
      Managing information technology
      Managing change and innovation
      Leading
      Influence and power (e.g. leadership)
      Motivation
      Communication
      Team working
      This world is but a canvas for our
      imaginations
      - Henry David Thoreau
    • Management and strategy theory- can help us understand and analyse the discussion question
      Management is the activity of getting things done with the aid of people and other resources (Boddy, 2008)
      Planning
      Decision-making
      Strategic management
      Organisational mission, goals and strategies
      External analysis of opportunities and threats
      Internal analysis of strengths and weaknesses
      Strategy formulation
      Strategy implementation
      Evaluation of results
      Controlling
      Performance measurement and control
      Financial and budgetary control
      Managing operations and quality
      “It is not the strongest of the species
      that survive, nor the most intelligent,
      but the most responsive to change.”
      - Darwin
    • Motivation?
      As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, "We are not enemies, but friends...though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection." And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn - I may not have won your vote, but I hear your voices, I need your help, and I will be your President too.
      For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime - two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.
      There is new energy to harness and new jobs to be created; new schools to build and threats to meet and alliances to repair.
      – Barack Obama Victory Speech (2008)
      Comparison of the Maslow and Alderfer categories of needs (cited in Boddy, 2008)
    • Motivation?
      Yes we can!
      The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America - I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you - we as a people will get there.
      It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America
      – Barack Obama Victory Speech (2008)
      Comparison of the Maslow and Alderfer categories of needs (cited in Boddy, 2008)
    • Leadership, power and Influence?
      Tactics to influence others
      Kipnis et al. (1980) and Yukl (1990, 1992) identify 9 tactics people use when influencing subordinates, bosses, colleagues:
      Rational persuasion: logical arguments
      Inspirational appeal: appeals to aspiration – creates enthusiasm
      Consultation: seeks his/her participation
      Ingratiation: seeks to get him/her in a good mood
      Exchange: offers an exchange of favours
      Personal appeal: appeals to feelings of loyalty & friendship
      Coalition: seeks the aid of others to persuade
      Legitimating: presents it as consistent with org. policies
      Pressure: uses demands, threats, reminders
    • Understanding the competition?
      “Strategy is the creation of a unique and valuable position, involving a different set of activities… The essence of strategic positioning is to choose activities that are different from rivals.”
      - Porter (1996)
      We say:
      “Know yourself and know your
      enemy.
      You will be safe in every battle.
      You may know yourself but not
      know the enemy.
      You will then lose one battle for
      every one you win.
      You may not know yourself or the
      enemy.
      You will then lose every battle.”
      - Sun Tzu (403–221 BC)
    • We understand theory so we can apply, analyse and evaluate practise in different environments and settings
    • Professional Socialisation:… and why not also learn by doing?
    • Summary
      Discussed some theoretical perspectives to understand some of the factors that may help explain Obama’s victory
      Using some representative management and strategy theory, but we could go on …
      Attempted to show how learning can be an engaging, enabling and fulfilling process
      Show an example of what you could expect on a degree at Leicester Business School
      E.g. lectures and tutorials, independent learning, group work
    • Further reading
      “He who learns but does not think is lost”
      - Chinese Proverb
    • “Be the change you wish to see in the world” - Mahatma Gandhi
      Miles Weaver, Lecturer in Strategic Management.
      mweaver@dmu.ac.uk