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Article Critique

Article: Hutchinson, A. & Boxall, P. (2014), ‘The critical challenges facing New
Zealand’s chief executives: implications for management skills’, Asia Pacific Journal
of Human Resources, vol.52, pp.23-41.

This paper intends to propose critical analysis of the article proposed by Hutchinson and Boxall.
The author has tried to enlighten skills to be developed by Human resource practitioners. In this article
some of the most important managerial elements and factors have been discusses that may help in
understanding financial constraints for non-profit organisation. Moreover, the article contains
discussion over issues related to policies for staff, stakeholders, CSR which are some dominant issues for
executives of New Zealand. There is no doubt as the author has succeeded in drawing attention towards
interactive ways and skills to compete also to improve excellence of constrained management of
organisation. Following discussion is based on some key points, opinions and critical analysis.

Discussion (Critical analysis and assessment for and against to support opinion on subject)
This article would be beneficial for those who have intended to cope with challenges and
achieving competence. Therefore, this article is worth review for improving knowledge on ways that
help in managing uncertainty, renewal, and business partnership, sustaining effective relation with
stakeholders and increasing resources and managing peoples. Moreover, the analysis of the survey and
results shows current happening in New Zealand with insurgency of technology and globalization but
still confronting major threats for the Economic condition of the state. The article allow reviewer to get
understanding on organisational challenges that can be better comprehended by looking for the
perspectives of the CEOs who must enable managerial skills to grapple these issues. However, discussion
over survey response possesses lack of review of the country's CEOs for reader to know on how the
contexts of management perceived by them.

On the other hand, analysis of quantitative information followed issues that are considerably
impacting the business environment. In terms of data collection, the author has used both quantitative
and qualitative approaches to get better insight in HR function and needs to implicate for managerial
development. The article include analysis of survey to chief executives of New Zealand, it lead effective
illustration of skills to cope with those challenges that he had identified. As part of the main points, the
author has revealed aspects based on complex environment and changes in techniques and markets for
stakeholders. The results and finding of this article has presented key points like business model that are
needed for implicated to assess the issue of rapid changes in markets. In my view, the data included in
the article has effectively suggested to get understanding over needs of management development and
skills. In this discussion, the author has also put information to build policies for improving competence
of management. Thus, there could be more in-depth insight related to Human Resource elements as this
would have broaden the focus on managers to develop internal or external boundaries. At this point the
analysis may lead the reader to some difficulty to understand his view point, on contrary individuals
must review study propose by (Jensen et al, 2014) that demonstrate more insight on organisational
challenges and methods to cope issue with joined-up Government. In this article, the author has include
the understanding over economic aspects in New Zealand that needs to be improve for making
development, assessing global financial and economic crisis, solving issue in private and public sectors
regarding their services within the context of Technologies, globalization, demographic changes and
financial constraints.
Jensen, K., Scott, R.J., Slocombe, L., Boyd, R. and Cowey, L., 2014. The management and organisational challenges of more joined-up
government: New Zealand’s Better Public Services reforms.

Thesis Statement
The discussion of this article is based on key challenges and issues which are faced by chief
executives of New Zealand; it demonstrates effective management skills that need to be implicated for
assessing current challenges for organisations.

Strengths of article based on Thesis Statement

The suggestions proposed in this thesis should be applied by Chief executives of New Zealand, as
it is truly a substantial and in-depth review of Managerial skills. Most important strength of this journal
article is that it is well written and organised. Therefore, it worth read because it is definite needs to
review and assess challenges identified in the literature of this report. The implication suggested by the
author is substantial for organisation and executives to meet their goals. The analysis of both qualitative
and quantitative data based on solid rationale that support preliminary publication on this subject. Thus,
the overall impact of the study would be positive for executives at organisations of New Zealand by
understanding implications for development.

The article does not possess such notable weaknesses. However it could have include some
highlight on ways to gain political, stakeholder and public support that also help in leading in business
sectors, although the methods and most of dialogues are based on managing regulators. So, in my
opinion arguments could have been much better by enlightening other approaches to get better
regulations. In addition, I believe that this report possess some complexities regarding statistical process
used and reporting of the data illustrated, this is because it possess lack of inconsistent in contribution
to subject and field.

Personal Viewpoint
In my view, there is no doubt that the thesis can beneficiate those who have willing to increase
resources which are mainly the Chief Executives of New Zealand. It can institute managers to develop
economic growth as it included arguments based on aspects that may improve productivity of
organizations. Considerably, this article is worth reading as with implication of propose suggestions, in
addition it is effective to understand important difference that need to be assessed for overcoming
underperformance in utility and Agriculture sectors of New Zealand.

 Useful data illustration to understand the context of management to assess needs of improving
 Viable analyzing on organisational and business challenges.
 Plausible observation on impending techniques to make better business environment.
 Assessment of key methods to reduce substantive uncertainties, productivity or disequilibrium.
 Explicable arguments based on adoption of new paradigms that can facilitate managers in
sustaining strategic flexibility.

Understanding related to the subject of the Article

There is no doubt that he had effectively include distinct perspectives over issues regarding
unorthodox approaches, experimentation attitude that allow reader to know about multiple ways of
sustaining better business and organisational stability by coping with risks and building vision to assess
states instability. The author has included all these aspect after review of distinct studies proposed by
researchers to explore distinct perception on constitutes that help in managing renewal and managing
uncertainty. The article emphasis on the capacity to administer turbulence has been fortified by the
occasions of the primary decade, it include political vulnerability and the extreme financial challenges by
the immense subsidence of GFC. It include following strengths:

 It has discussed ambiguous environment that is characterize by constrained funding.

 Understanding is based on needs for improving capabilities and managerial skills for
organisational renewal.
 Revealed exploration over interpersonal skills based on complex political relation of
stakeholders with manager.
 For limited resources it has include overview of skills for systemic approach.

5 HR specialists should design, foster and model the developmental processes that support these skills.

I agree with the thesis statement of the article that implication of managerial skills can work to improve
competence and development by rising economic growth of the State.

There are, normally, a few constraints in this article. Initial, a more full picture may have been
perceived for taking the perception of more than one respondent for each association. Moreover, the
information are enlightening and don't specifically quantify CEOs' appraisals of ability shortages or
necessities. In any case, requesting their assessment of their challenges was the basic crucial point in
considering the abilities that they need for their organisation. A heading for researchers in future
would be to acquire CEOs' responses to this investigation of aptitude needs, to see if there are any
ability assembles that the study has missed, also for exploring information to the degree to which
directors in New Zealand that show the capacities distinguished, before then recognizing the
administration improvement methodologies that might be successful in New Zealand.

Critical analysis of this article shows that the author has effectively immersed understanding on
challenges do executives are facing in this competitive environment. There is no doubt that the study
will be beneficial for supporting managers in skill development. On the other hand, the author could add
more arguments based on review importance of identifying opportunities and creation of organisational
structure. However, at some level it had achieved consideration by adding analysis on challenges and
needs of stakeholders to operate financial and economic conditions. Therefore, it would be beneficial
for enabling better managerial skills that can be used by chief executives to tackle challenges.


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Jensen, K., Scott, R.J., Slocombe, L., Boyd, R. and Cowey, L., 2014. The management and organisational challenges of more joined-up
government: New Zealand’s Better Public Services reforms.