MBWA


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MBWA

An initialism of "management by walking around," the strategy of literally walking among one's employees or subordinates to manage them more effectively. I try to implement a bit of MBWA a couple times a week. I think it keeps my employees motivated, and it also give them a chance to air any questions or concerns they might have for me. Ugh, I hope my next boss isn't so prone to the MBWA—I find it so distracting.

MBWA

abb. management by walking around. (A “theory” of management that includes having managers being visible and observant.) The boss just left my cubicle. She’s one of those NBWA types.
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Tom Peters' alternative to MBOs was management by wandering around (MBWA).
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H1: There is significant effect of MBWA style over employee performance through the culture of an organization.
Bill Leighty had just been named deputy commissioner of the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and had begun doing what had worked for him in previous jobs: MBWA, or manage by wandering around.
In Management by Walking Around (MBWA) executives talk directly With employees and learn what is going on.
After an overview of the enhanced mobile communications ecosystem model and a review of OFDMA, four chapters look at four different radio access techniques: 3G-LTE, WiMAX, 3GPP EV-DO, and IEEE MBWA. Later chapters cover bottlenecks in transmission networks, Gigabit Ethernet and Carrier Ethernet, and the IP Multimedia Subsystem.
Another approach for breaking down barriers to voice is management by walking around, or MBWA:
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Garcia, "Macro-and Micro-mobility Handoffs in Mobile IP Based MBWA Network", Global Telecommunications Conference, 2004.
In the '80s, a practice known as "Management by Walking Around" (MBWA) advocated a hands-on approach to managing a business.
What's important to Astles is maintaining a "flat line management style" involving MBWA (Management By Walking Around) principles.
That old management theory of management by walking around (MBWA), is an important tool in understanding the openness, compliance, and ethics of a company.
Vince Morris, director of risk management at Wheaton College (Ill.) and president of the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA), is somewhat skeptical about putting his resources into a formalized ERM format, instead calling it risk management "on steroids." He believes he's been practicing ERM all along, but more along the lines of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch's well-known habit of walking around the city and asking people, "How am I doing?" Morris explains, "Our goal is to go to every department, every year--the physical plant, environmental and safety, fire safety, chemical storage, operations, business continuity plans, internal audits--and ask proactive questions." Essentially it's the management-by-walking-around method, or MBWA, as he calls it.