Michael Butler

Michael Butler
Aston Business School · Work and Organisation Department

PhD Management (Warwick), MSt History of Design (Oxon), BA (Hons) History (Dunelm), Cert Field Archaeology (London)

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Introduction
Michael is Professor of Organisational Analysis and Development, and Founder/Director of The TRANSFORMATION Project (www.thetransformationproject.co.uk). His research focuses on change from a multi-disciplinary perspective. He is on several Editorial Boards, publishes in leading journals, and has co-edited 3 books. His engaged scholarship (c£1.5m) has been recognized (CMI and ESRC), and the OECD used his research to evaluate international policy implementation. An ERDF project measured growth across 38 SMEs. (m.j.r.butler@aston.ac.uk)
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January 2019 - present
Aston Business School
Position
  • Head of Department
Description
  • Act as Head covering for annual leave and prior commitments, but also take on supplementary leadership roles in addition to Deputy role eg performance management
March 2018 - present
Aston Business School
Position
  • Head of Department
October 2012 - October 2015
Aston University
Position
  • Managing Director

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Publications (67)
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A strong public policy focus on high performance means that utilizing management knowledge effectively is at a premium for UK public service organizations. This study empirically examined two English public agencies to explore the inter‐sectoral transfer of a strategic management model originally developed in the private sector – absorptive capacit...
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This paper seeks to extend theory within positive organizational scholarship by re-conceptualising the current model of compassion at work, which views compassion as a one-way process of noticing, feeling and responding; by instead presenting compassion as a two-way interaction between a compassion 'giver' and a compassion 'receiver'. The paper dra...
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The aim of this study is to identify key management decisions that enable the sustainment of a continuous improvement (CI) initiative. To accomplish this aim, we examine the procedures and practices used by two manufacturing companies for the management of their CI initiatives; one that is successfully sustaining the effectiveness of its CI initiat...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to highlight the potential implications and non-implications for leadership and organization development of a recent systematic review of empirical developments in organizational cognitive neuroscience (OCN). Design/methodology/approach Butler et al. ’s (2016) systematic review of 40 empirical articles related...
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In this critical essay, we respond to Lindebaum’s argument that neuroscientific methodologies and data have been accepted prematurely in proposing novel management theory. We acknowledge that building new management theories requires firm foundations. We also find his distinction between demand and supply-side forces helpful as an analytical framew...
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Purpose: To highlight the potential implications and non-implications for leadership and organization development of a recent systematic review of empirical developments in organizational cognitive neuroscience (OCN). Design/methodology/approach: Butler et al.'s (2015) systematic review of forty empirical articles related to OCN is re-interpreted i...
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This paper demonstrates how the process of applying a narrative method mostly commonly associated with research in the fields of sociology and social policy to management research helped to advance our understanding of skilful performance at work. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first application of the Biographic Narrative Interpretive Meth...
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There is growing interest in exploring the potential links between human biology and management and organization studies, which is bringing greater attention to bear on the place of mental processes in explaining human behaviour and effectiveness. The authors define this new field as organizational cognitive neuroscience (OCN), which is in the expl...
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The Relationship between Intangible Resources and Human Resources to Service Quality during an Organisational Change Abstract This study was undertaken to understand the change implementation process and to achieve the following: 1) to reveal the specific behaviours and contextual variables involved in change, and 2) to examine the variables assoc...
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Purpose – The purpose of the paper was to conduct an empirical investigation to explore the impact of project management maturity models (PMMMs) on improving project performance. Design/methodology/approach – The investigation used a cross-case analysis involving over 90 individuals in seven organisations. Findings – The findings of the empirical...
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This paper draws on empirical work done within an interpretative phenomenological tradition to offer up a new conceptualisation of reflexivity. By using examples from a biographic narrative study of the impact of personal trauma (i.e. critical illness or bereavement) on the professional lives of managers in the UK, this paper outlines the concept o...
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This paper draws on empirical work done within an interpretative phenomenological tradition to offer up a new conceptualisation of reflexivity. By using examples from a biographic narrative study of the impact of personal trauma (i.e. critical illness or bereavement) on the professional lives of managers in the UK, this paper outlines the concept o...
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There is a biological turn in order to understand the underlying processes concerning markets and organizations. As part of the biological turn, in 2008, I wrote an article for the Journal of Consumer Behavior about neuromarketing and the perceptions of knowledge (Butler, 2008). The argument put forward in the article is that there are inter-relate...
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In this editorial, the authors respond to the 2011 article in the Journal of Management by Becker, Cropanzano, and Sanfey, titled “Organizational Neuroscience: Taking Organizational Theory Inside the Neural Black Box.” More specifically, the authors build on the ideas of Becker et al. first to clarify and extend their work and then to explore the c...
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Advances in cognitive neuroscience and other approaches to understanding human behavior from a biological standpoint are only now beginning to filter into leadership research. The purpose of this introduction to the Leadership Quarterly Special Issue on the Biology of Leadership is to outline the organizational cognitive neuroscience approach to le...
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The word “complex” regularly appears in discussions of change, strategy and policy implementation. This is especially true in policy implementation because of the successive waves of reform that characterize national and international political arenas.
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In order to understand research and organisation reflexivity is fundamental for both academics and practitioners. But, reflexivity is not always linked to better production of business ideas as most reflexivity debates focus on philosophical issues about the nature of knowledge, not necessarily on reflexivity as a social act. In this paper we expla...
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Organizational cognitive neuroscience (OCN) is the cognitive neuroscientific study of organizational behavior. OCN lets us start to understand the relationship between our organizational behavior and our brains and allows us to dissect specific social processes at the neurobiological level and apply a wider range of analysis to specific organizatio...
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The present study examines facilitative effects of trait emotional intelligence on decision making in a socially moderated, financial context. One hundred participants completed the trait emotional intelligence questionnaire and a computerised gambling card game, designed to simulate financial decision making. The results show that participants sco...
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The application of cognitive neuroscientific techniques to understanding social behaviour has resulted in many discoveries. Yet advocates of the ‘social cognitive neuroscience’ approach maintain that it suffers from a number of limitations. The most notable of these is its distance from any form of real-world applicabity. One solution to this limit...
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An important test of the progress of development management is its contribution to human rights, especially in transition economies. This article explores the failure to protect the rights of the Roma child in Romania, who are particularly vulnerable to abandonment and institutionalisation. 2008 witnessed the 60th anniversary of the Universal Decla...
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Purpose – This paper aims to focus on developing critical understanding in human resource management (HRM) students in Aston Business School, UK. The paper reveals that innovative teaching methods encourage deep approaches to study, an indicator of students reaching their own understanding of material and ideas. This improves student employability...
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The study examines the personality attributes hospitality employers deem necessary for new graduates’ success. Psychological androgyny—that has rarely been applied in a hospitality management context—underpins the study. Findings were that the smaller companies by employees expected androgynous characteristics from the graduate, while the medium an...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to evaluate how a UK business school is addressing the Government's skills strategy through its Graduate Certificate in Management, and to identify good practice and development needs and to clarify how the Graduate Certificate is adapting to the needs of Generation X and Millennial students. The paper also ai...
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The first and main contribution of this article is its access to the decisionmaking processes which drive innovation in policy-making within central government. The article will present a detailed case history of how the innovation came about and conclude by highlighting analytic possibilities for future research. The policy in focus is the UK’s Tr...
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The situation of the Roma population remains difficult. The differences between them and the non Roma in Romania are profound. Although Roma problems are acknowledged, currently, policy initiatives are not working effectively. The focus of this article is on the Roma’s health. This paper analyses the problem by using the perspectives of network lea...
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Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to present the findings of a study of factory closure management. It details the sequence and the results of the key strategic manufacturing management decisions made from the time of the announcement of the plant closure to the cessation of operations. The paper also includes an analysis of the human resource...
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On July 17, 1990, President George Bush issued “Proclamation #6158” which boldly declared the following ten years would be called the “Decade of the Brain” (Bush, 1990). Accordingly, the research mandates of all US federal biomedical institutions worldwide were redirected towards the study of the brain in general and cognitive neuroscience specific...
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The application of cognitive neuroscientific techniques to understanding social behaviour has resulted in many discoveries. Yet advocates of the ‘social cognitive neuroscience’ approach maintain that it suffers from a number of limitations. The most notable of these is its distance from any form of real-world applicability. One solution to this lim...
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The application of cognitive neuroscientific techniques to understanding social behaviour has resulted in many discoveries. Yet advocates of the ‘social cognitive neuroscience’ approach maintain that it suffers from a number of limitations. The most notable of these is its distance from any form of real-world applicability. One solution to this lim...
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The emerging field of neuromarketing reveals that knowledge has plasticity. In other words, different stakeholders, marketing researchers and practitioners, perceive the development and application of neuromarketing knowledge in different ways. Having different perceptions of knowledge is not a new issue, but finding new interconnections between th...
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Pfaff and colleagues (2008) argue that coexisting (and competing) networks for fear and morality exist in the human brain. Fear plays a central role in this model with the loss of social information and the assimilation into a social group leading to a reduction in fear and concomitant rise in ethical behavior. The authors go on to state that this...
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In order to reverse the use of lecture-based teaching, it is argued that personal reflection can be used as part of the quality assurance process. This paper proposes one response to personal reflection - reflective imagination, which is summarised as an action plan with six activities. It combines two conceptual issues raised in the US, the need t...
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Implementation studies and related research in organizational theory can be enhanced by drawing on the field of complex systems to understand better and, as a consequence, more successfully manage change. This article reinterprets data previously published in the British Journal of Management to reveal a new contribution, that policy implementation...
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After the application form is submitted, the interview is the most important method of human resource allocation. Previous research has shown that the attractiveness of interviewees can significantly bias interview outcome. We have previously shown that female interviewers give attractive male interviewees higher status job packages compared their...
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In this article, we identify research possibilities for organizational cognitive neuroscience that emerge from the papers in this special issue. We emphasize the intriguing finding that the papers share a common theme-the use of cognitive neuroscience to investigate the role of emotions in organizational behavior; this suggests a research agenda in...
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The research strategy adopted in this article is to connect two different discourses and the ideas, methods, and outputs they contain-these being cognitive neuroscience and organization theory. The main contribution of the article is to present an agenda for the field of organizational cognitive neuroscience. We define what is meant by the term, ou...
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The cyclic change in hormonal profiles between the two main phases of the menstrual cycle mediate shifts in mate preference. Males who advertise social dominance are preferred over other men by females in the follicular phase of the cycle. The present study explored assignment of high or low status resources to dominant looking men by females in ei...
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Many organisations are encouraging their staff to integrate work and non-work, but a qualitative study of young professionals found that many crave greater segregation rather than more integration. Most wished to build boundaries to separate the two and simplify a complex world. Where working practices render traditional boundaries of time and spac...
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With the rise of ‘New Public Management’ (NPM), government policy has encouraged public-sector organizations to downsize and outsource their services. There is, however, local variation in the use of outsourcing – this is ‘managing from the inside out’. This paper draws on the notion of receptivity for organizational change to explain variation in...
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This article analyses three strands of local government modernization. The first takes an overview of the development of 'modernization' and 'improvement' of local government in the UK under the Labour government since 1997 and the overall programme of reform. We discuss both the shifts and the continuities with the previous decade and a half of th...

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