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15 November 2013 | Updated 01 January 1970

Charity SOS is an annual project headed by workplace consultants and office designers Morgan Lovell, who attempt to give something back to the unsung heroes who work for charities across the UK. The project challenges those involved to completely redesign and fit out a charitable organisation's office for free - in a day. The theory is that an increase in productivity will have a huge impact on the lives of those who rely heavily on the charity’s hard work.

 On the day, the Morgan Lovell team will come together on site and get hands on with transforming the workplace - but they need partners and suppliers.

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PIN Heads into Research

AWA with the Centre for Evidence-Based Management in Amsterdam are to research professional productivity in knowledge based businesses.

A new international group is to research professional productivity in knowledge based businesses. The initiative brings together specialist management consultants AWA with the Centre for Evidence-Based Management (CEBMa) in Amsterdam.

The work will be done under the umbrella of AWA’s Workplace Performance Innovation Network (PIN) which has been exploring performance in the workplace over the last four years.

The Workplace PIN Research Group has started its first project, looking into the subject of professional productivity, with the support of seven sponsor organisations, including BDO, BP, British Council, RBS and Skandia in the UK and Allsteel in the US.

The group is being led by AWA’s Director of Consulting Karen Plum, who says there are many unanswered questions relating to the interaction between people, their performance, technology, services and the design of workplaces: “Academics across the world are researching the answers to these questions, yet in many cases the research never sees practical application. Organisational leaders look for practical information, tools and knowledge.

“That’s why we’re working with CEBMa to bridge the gap between academic research and workplace practice. We think it’s a really exciting initiative that could be expanded into many areas of work and workplace management.”

The Professional Productivity project will be looking particularly at personal, team and organisational productivity and seeking answers to two key questions:

What is known about the key performance indicators (KPIs) used to measure professional productivity in knowledge based businesses?

What aspects that have an impact on knowledge based businesses, such as workspace, technology, leadership and motivation, are most widely studied and what is known of their effect?

CEBMa provides support and resources to managers, consultants, teachers, academics and others interested in learning more about evidence-based management. Its mission is to bridge the gap between scientific research and management practice. CEBMa is supported by several leading universities, including Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, New York University, University of Toronto, University of Bath and the Free University of Amsterdam.

CEBMa is undertaking a Rapid Evidence Assessment, a technique to identify and critically evaluate the best available published evidence. AWA and CEBMa will then prioritise the findings in relation to quality and relevance, translating them into useful outputs.

A workshop will review the research results and the initial guidance, principles and tools being developed. Finally, by the end of 2013, the tools and other outputs will be published for sponsors to use within their organisations to improve professional productivity.

Additional sponsors for the productivity research are welcome, as are ideas and sponsorship for future research projects.  Individuals and organisations can also sign up to AWA’s research register, to hear about future projects that they might like to be involved with. Contact

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 15 November 2013


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