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Investors in People www.investorsinpeople.co.uk
Helps businesses and institutions to improve by developing their people.
Its "standard" of how institutions should operate is downloadable and there is information on how to contact advisers at their quality centres, which work with business links and local learning and skills councils. There is a guide to projects managed by IiP, with case studies and an online bookshop.
Institute of Leadership and Management www.i-l-m.com
As part of the City and Guilds group, ILM is an awarding body for professional management qualifications across all disciplines. Membership offers career development programmes, events and online services, networking and discussion groups. There are subscription magazines and an online shop.
Confederation of British Industry www.cbi.org.uk
A lobbying organisation representing 200,000 businesses. Its online bookshop has 400,000 titles, including research, business guides and surveys and books on management and strategy. There is also a directory of businesses, and diagnostic and benchmarking tools of good practice.
Institute of Directors - www.iod.com
Provides membership services to company directors. Its website publishes a directory of businesses, reports, and factsheets, some directly related to the learning and skills sector. Many are free to download.
PRESS AND JOURNALS
Personnel Today www.personneltoday.com
Online magazine for human resources workers. News and articles on employment issues as well as careers advice, job advertisements, an online chatroom and directory of HR services and products suppliers.
Emerald publishes more than 160 online subscription journals on management, library information science and engineering, e.g. Leadership and Organisation Development Journal, and Management First. (Some are corporate membership only and subscriptions can run into thousands of pounds a year.) It has a database of more than 50,000 articles and 190,000 reviews.
Subscription partnerships enable you to negotiate different downloading deals.
Harvard Business Review http:harvardbusinessonline.hbsp.harvard.edu Offers an extensive database of publications, including the Harvard Business Review subscription magazine, newsletters, and downloadable case studies from the Harvard Business School. The online shop has UK links.
Advancing Women in Leadership www.advancingwomen.comawlawl.html
An online journal with careers articles, information and advice for women.
Mainly US content.
Jossey-Bass publishes an online journal on running businesses, non-profit organisations and education. The online bookshop is based in the US, but publications can be shipped abroad. Some publications can be downloaded as e-books.
Taylor and Francis Group www.taylorandfrancisgroup.com
This UK group publishes a wide range of academic books and subscription journals available through an online shop. A variety of annual subscription packages also allow you to download books or sections of books into a customised collection. Abstracts on current international research in education are also available.
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Centre for Excellence in Leadership www.centreforexcellence.org.uk
As a key national agency within the Success for All strategy, the centre promotes and supports leadership throughout the learning and skills sector.
Its website has news and information on its services, such as career development programmes, consultancy, coaching, mentoring and work-shadowing. Plus information on its research. Completed reports can be downloaded