Richard Thorpe

Richard Thorpe

Emeritus Professor

Email:
r.thorpe@lubs.leeds.ac.uk
Categories:
Academic, Management
Profile

Qualifications

1988: PhD Lancaster University, School of Management
1980: MSc (by research) Strathclyde University, Business School

Professional Association
Former Member of the ESRC Training and Development Board
Past Chair and President of the British Academy of Management
Fellow of the British Academy of Management
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Honorary Member of the Canadian Association of Deans of Business Schools

Richard’s career began as a management trainee in the footwear industry (Clarks) before working for a short period of time in the Rossendale Valley. He then used the industrial engineering skills he acquired firstly in a move to the water industry and then a move to the Highlands of Scotland where he managed a small clothing company manufacturing outdoor protective clothing. It was here that he enrolled on a part-time MSc at Strathclyde University Business School, his research focus being payment systems.
Richard moved to Strathclyde University Business School in 1978 to join the Pay & Rewards Research Centre, firstly as a Research Assistant and later as Research Fellow. It was from this research that he jointly published Payment Systems and Productivity, 1986 (Macmillan) and later Strategic Reward Systems (Prentice-Hall). From Strathclyde University he moved across the city to the Department of Management at Glasgow University. It was here the focus of his research changed from Pay and Reward to Small Firm Growth and Development. At Glasgow he was engaged in the development of a range of developmental programmes that encouraged start-up and growth businesses as well as teaching on the Departments MBA, MEng and the Scottish Business School’s Doctoral Programme.

In 1983 Richard moved south to Blackburn College and through involvement in the North West Regional Management Centre’s MSc in Management moved to the then Manchester Polytechnic. For ten years the problem centred, learner centred MSc was the main focus of Richard’s work and research and he combined his small firm research with a growing interest in management and organisational learning and development. His research took a decided qualitative turn as working to help with individuals and organisations develop.

In 1990, Richard led the development of a new MBA and became the programmes first director in 1991. The programme received AMBA accreditation three years later.
In the 1990’s working firstly with the department of management and later as Director of the Graduate Business School he led the development of the Faculty of Management and Business (later Business School) doctoral Programme. This received ESRC training recognition for mode A and B in 1997 and for CASE awards in 1999. Also in this period, he worked closely with the University of Economics in Prague on curriculum development and institutional change leading to the establishment of a new business school – Prague International Business School and an accreditation system for MBAs in the Czech Republic CAMBAS.

Personal Assistant

Hannah Preston
PA to Richard Thorpe
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 8754

Research

Richard has a range of research interests which include: performance, remuneration, small business and entrepreneurship, management learning and development, and leadership.

He has sought to develop these interests at all the institutions in which he has worked. His early industrial experience informed the way his ethos has developed. Common themes are: a strong commitment to process methodologies and a focus on action in all it’s forms; an interest in and commitment to the development of doctoral students and the development of capacity within the sector; a commitment to collaborative working on projects of mutual interest.

His current research interests are embedded in a number of funded projects.

With Manchester Metropolitan University, a study of the Evolution of Knowledge in Small Firms (ESRC);

  • With Warwick Business School, the Open University Business School, Cranfield School of Management, the University of East Anglia Management Department and Henley Management College, a seminar series on ‘Perspectives on Performance’ (ESRC);
  • With Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Bradford School of Management, Sheffield School of Management, York Department of Management, Hull Business School and Durham Business School, a network initiative to develop advanced training for doctoral students (ESRC);
  • With colleagues, an Evaluation study into Micronetworking in the North West of England (RDA).
Teaching

Richard is a member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and attended the International Teaching Programme (ITP) in 1983.

He has taught on a wide range of programmes, more recently at postgraduate level, but also recently at undergraduate level and has been active in course development and design.

Richard supervises a number of doctoral students on areas that relate to his own areas of interest and expertise. (with 25 completions to date).

Responsibilities

Richard's current responsibilities at Leeds University Business School are:

  • to work closely with the Institute of Corporate Learning in the development of management development initiatives;
  • as a deputy director at the Keyworth Institute;
  • he is a past chair of the University of Leeds post-graduate training and development committee.

Within the Management and Business community, Richard has undertaken a number of national roles:

  • He has been both chair and president of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and currently coordinates the Directors of Research Development Programme. Previously he undertook the roles of deputy chair, vice-chair, and secretary and responsibilities for training and development.
  • A has been a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Training and Development Board. Previously also sitting on two ESRC subject assessment panels (2001 and 2003) and one subject area panel (2000) to create new training recognition guidelines. Within the board he acted as examiner in chief and chaired a number of commissioning panels
  • He still acts as an accreditor for the Association of Business Schools (AMBA) and as a panel member for the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) accreditation service - EQUIS.
  • He is a member of the Henley School of Management research committee
  • He is a board member of the Society for the Advancement of Management
Publications

Books

Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Thorpe, R. and Jackson, P. (2008) Management Research. London: Sage. Manuscript Submitted

Thorpe, R. and Pandza, K. Norman, A. Knight, C. (Eds) (2007) Understanding Organisations: selected topics for engineering and science students, Customised text, Pearson

Easterby-Smith, M.P.V., Thorpe, R. and Lowe, A. (2002) Management Research: an Introduction (Second Edition) London: Sage

Pavlica, K, Drdel, S., Surynek, A. and Thorpe, R. (2000) Socialm vvkum podnik a management: prilmanzera v oblasti vykumu hospodarskych organizacl.' Ekopress: Odborne Nakladatesltvi. First edition 1991. Spanish edition 1997. Czech edition, Slovenian edition 2003.

Edited Books

Gold, J., Thorpe, R. and Mumford, A. Eds (2008) Handbook of Management Development, Aldershot: Gower

Thorpe, R. and Holloway, J. (2008) Perspectives on Performance. Palgrave. Manuscript Submitted

Thorpe, R. and Holt , R. (2008) The SAGE Dictionary of Qualitative Management Research. London: Sage

Warburton, T., Corbin, B., Black, L. and Thorpe, R (2005). Enterprise Education in Action, Gosport. The Bluecoats Press

Holman, D. and Thorpe, R. (Eds) (2003) Management and Language: the manager as practical author, London: Sage

Thorpe, R. and Homan, G. (2003) Strategic Reward Systems Publishing House of Electronics Industry, Beijing. Translated from Strategic Reward Systems, Financial Times/ Prentice-Hall

Thorpe, R. and Little, S. (2001) Global Change: The Impact of the Twenty First Century: London Macmillan (now Palgrave).

Thorpe, R. and Homan, G. (2000) Strategic Reward Systems: Financial Times/Prentice -Hall

Edited Book Series

Mark Easterby-Smith The Sage Management Research Series

Mike Boussine and Peter Simpson (2007) Creative Approaches to Management Research

Lock, K. (2001) Grounded Theory in Management Research. London: Sage

Boje, D. (2001) Using: Narrative in Management Research. London: Sage

Book chapters

Thorpe, R. and Mumford, A. (2008) ‘How Leaders and Managers Learn’. In, Gold, J., Thorpe, R. and Mumford, A. (Eds) Handbook of Leadership and Management Development, Aldershot: Gower. Forthcoming

Thorpe, R., Jones, A., Mapherson, A. and Holt, R., (2008) ‘The Evolution of Business Knowledge in SMEs, In: The Evolution of Business Knowledge, H. Scarborough (Ed), Oxford University Press

Holloway, J. and Thorpe, R. (2008) ‘Performance Management: multidisciplinary perspectives, Introduction and Overview’, In: R.Thorpe and J. Holloway, Performance Management: multidisciplinary perspectives, London: Palgrave

Thorpe, R. and Holloway, J. (2008) ‘The Characteristics of Performance Management Research – Implications and Challenges’, In: R.Thorpe and J. Holloway, Performance Management: multidisciplinary perspectives, London: Palgrave

Thorpe, R. and Clarke, J. (2008) ‘Performance in Small Firms’, In: R.Thorpe and J. Holloway, Performance Management: multidisciplinary perspectives, London: Palgrave

Thorpe, R. and Holloway, J. (2008) ‘Viewing Performance’, In: R.Thorpe and J. Holloway, Performance Management: multidisciplinary perspectives, London: Palgrave

Holloway, J. and Thorpe, R. (2008) ‘Conclusions and Reflections’, In: R.Thorpe and J. Holloway, Performance Management: multidisciplinary perspectives, London: Palgrave

Gold, J., Thorpe, R. and Holt, R. (2007) ‘Writing, reading and reason: the ‘three Rs’ of manager learning’. In: R. Hill and J. Stewart (Eds) Management Development: perspectives from research and practice, London: Routledge.

Anderson, L. and Thorpe, R. (2007) ‘Putting the ‘C’ in HRD’. In: C. Rigg, Stewart, J. and Trehan (Eds) Critical Human Resource Development: beyond orthodoxy, London: Financial Times/Prentice-Hall

Gold, J., Thorpe, R. and Holt, R. (2007) ‘Time for a CHAT’ In: P.M. Reynolds and R. Vince, Handbook of Experiential Learning and Management Education, Oxford University Press.

Gold, J., Thorpe, R. and Mumford, A. (2008) ‘Management Development: the state of the field’, In, Gold, J., Thorpe, R. and Mumford, A. (Eds) Handbook of Leadership and Management Development, Aldershot: Gower. Forthcoming

Gold, J. and Thorpe, R. (2008) ‘SME Worlds’, In, Gold, J., Thorpe, R. and Mumford, A. (Eds) Handbook of Leadership and Management Development, Aldershot: Gower. Forthcoming

Thorpe, R. (2004) 'Key Features of Research in the Social Sciences:Research in Management and Business Studies' In Research Methods in the Social Sciences, Somekh, B. and Lewin, C. (Eds) London:Sage

Taylor, S., Thorpe, R. and Shaw, S. (2003) 'Neither Market Failure nor Customer Ignorance: The Organisational Limitations of Employee Training and' Development', In Stewart, J. and Beaver, G. (EDs) Human Resource Development in Small Organisations, London:Routledge

Holman, D., Gold, J. and Thorpe, R. (2003) 'Full of Characters: Identity and Talk in Practical Authoring.' in Management and Language: the Manager as Practical Author. Holman, D. and Thorpe, R. (Eds) London: Sage

Holman, D. and Thorpe, R. (2003) 'Introduction.' Management and Language: the Manager as Practical Author. Holman, D. and Thorpe, R. (Eds) London: Sage

Thorpe, R. and Cornelissen, J. (2002) 'Authorship in Practice: Visual Media and the Social Construction of Meaning' in Management and Language: the Manager as a Practical Author. Holman.D. and Thorpe, R. (Eds) London: Sage

Little, S. and Thorpe, R. (2001) 'Introduction to' Global Change: the Impact of the Twenty First Century. Thorpe, R. and Little, S. (Eds) London: Macmillan Business

Thorpe, R., Bowey, AM. and Goodridge, M. (2000) 'Auditing and Remuneration Systems.' Chapter 7 in Strategic Reward Systems. Thorpe, R. and Homan, G. (Eds) Harlow: Financial Times/Prentice Hall

Thorpe, R. (2000) 'Designing and Implementation of Remuneration Systems' Chapter 7 in Strategic Reward Systems. Thorpe, R. and Homan, G. (Eds) Harlow: Financial Times/Prentice Hall

Thorpe, R. (2000) 'Reward Strategy.' Chapter 2 in Strategic Reward Systems. Thorpe, R. and Homan,G. (Eds) Harlow: Financial Times/Prentice Hall

Thorpe, R. and Bowey, AM (2000) . 'Motivation and Reward.' Chapter 5 in Strategic Reward Systems. . Thorpe, R. And Homan, G. (Eds). Harlow: Financial Times/Prentice Hall

Easterby- Smith, M.P.V. and Thorpe, R. (2000) 'Research Traditions in Management Learning.' in Management Learning. Burgoyne, J.C., Reynolds, M. (Eds) London: Sage

Journal Articles

2008 Pandza, K. and Thorpe, R. ‘Creative search and strategic sense-making: Missing dimensions in the concept of dynamic capabilities’, British Journal of Management, Special Issue: The Practice of Dynamic Capabilities:Theory Development and Research, Guest Editors: M. Easterby-Smith, M. Peteraf and M.Lyles

2008 Thorpe, R. ‘How Social Construction Takes Place’, (Ed) Special edition, Journal of Management Learning, Vol 39. No 1.

2007 Jones, O., Macpherson, A., Thorpe, R. and Ghecham, A. ‘The Evolution of Business Knowledge in SMEs: conceptualizing strategic space', Strategic Change, Vol 16, pp281-294

2006 Thorpe, R., Holt, R., Clarke, J. and Gold, J. ‘Immaturity: The Constraining of Entrepreneurship’, International Small Business Journal, Vol 24(3): 232-252.

2006 Clarke, J., Thorpe, R., Anderson, and Gold,J. ‘Its all Action, its all learning: Action Learning in SMEs’. Journal of European and Industrial Training, Vol 30. No 6. pp 441-455.

2006 Gold, J. Thorpe, R., Woodall, J. and Sadler-Smith, E. ‘Continuing Professional Development in the Legal Profession: A practice-based learning perspective'. Management Learning. Vol. 38(2) pp. 235-250

2005 Thorpe, R., Holt, R., Macpherson, A. and Pittaway, L. ‘Using knowledge within small and medium-sized firms: A systematic review of the evidence’, International Journal of Management Reviews. Vol 7. No 4. pp. 257-281.

2004 Tuselemann, H., MacDonald, F. and Thorpe, R. ‘Globalization and Employee Relations in German Multinationals: The Emerging German variant of the Anglo-American Approach a study of German, US and British owned firms in the UK, Journal of World Business, Vol. 41, No1.

Paucar-Cacaeres, A, and Thorpe, R. (2005) 'Mapping the Structure of MBA programmes: a comparative study of the structure of accredited AMBA programmes in the United Kingdom', Journal of the Operational Research Society, Vol 56. Number1. pp 25-38.

Thorpe, R., Woodall, J., Sadler-Smith, E. and Gold, J. (2005) 'Studying CPD in Professional Life', British Journal of Occupational Learning. Vol. 2 Issue 2. pp3-20.

Thorpe, R. and Beasley, A. (2004) 'The characteristics of Performance Management Research: Implications and Challenges', Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol 53 Number 4. pp 334-344.

Anderson, L. and Thorpe, R. (2004) 'New Perspectives on Action Learning; developing criticality', Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol 28 No 8/9 pp657-669

Taylor, D.W. and Thorpe, R. (2004) 'Entrepreneurial Learning:a process of co-participation', Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, February, Vol 11 No 2 pp 203-211 (9)

Pandza, K. Polajnar,A., Buchmeister, B. and Thorpe, R. (2003) 'Evolutionary Perspectives on the Capability Accumulation Process.' International Journal of Production and Operation Management, Vol 23 Number 8. pp822-849.

Benders,J., Wolter,E. and Thorpe, R. (2003) 'Schone Schijn', Personeelbeleib Vol.39 No2. pp34-36

Shields, R.. Thorpe, R, Nelson, A. (2002) 'Hospital Mergers and Psychological Contracts', Strategic Change, Vol 11 Issue 7, pp357-367

Taylor, S., Thorpe, R. and Down, S., (2002) 'Negotiating Managerial Legitimacy in Smaller Organisations: Management Education, Technical Skill, and Situated Competence.' Journal of Management Education, October, Vol.26 No5 pp550-537 (24)

Gold, J., Holman, D. and Thorpe, R. (2002) 'The Role of Argument Analysis and Story Telling in Facilitating Critical Thinking', Management Learning. September Vol.33 no3 pp371-388 (18)

Cornelissen, J. and Thorpe, R. (2002) 'Measuring a Business School's Reputation' European Management Journal, vol.20 no.2, pp.172-178.

Graetz, F., Cornelissen, J. and Thorpe, R. (2002) 'Strategic Thinking versus Strategic Planning: towards understanding complementartities', Management Decision, vol.40 no.5.

Bell, E., Taylor, S. and Thorpe, R. (2002) 'Organizational differentiation through Badging:Investors in people and the Value of the Sign.' Journal of Management Studies. Vol. 39, pp 1071-1085

Bell, E., Taylor, S. and Thorpe, R. (2002) 'A Step in the right Direction? Investors in People and the Learning Organization.' British Journal of Management June Vol. 13. No 2. pp161-171 (11)

Bell, E., Taylor, S. and Thorpe, R. (2001) 'Investors in People and the Standardisation of Management Knowledge in Personnel Management.' Management Learning, June, Vol.32, no2. pp201-219 (19)

Cornelissen, J. and Thorpe, R. (2001) 'The Organisation of External Communication Disciplines in UK Companies: a Conceptual and Empirical Analysis of Dimensions and Determinants.' Journal of Business Communication. 38(4)

Thorpe, R. (2000) Editorial 'Managing Diversity' Special Issue of the British Journal of Management, Vol 11. S1. September.

Conference Papers - from 2000

Workshop organised for the Management Development Track at the Academy of Management Conference, New Orleans Knowledge Through Action. Organiser and Chair, With Jeff Gold, Jason Spender, Ann L. Cunliffe, Robert Chia, Hanna Toivianen, Vaula Haavisto, Yrgo Engestrom and Robin Holt. (2004)

Thorpe, R., Holt, R. and Gold, J. (2004) 'The Mature Entrepreneur' The Academy of Management Conference, New Orleans, August.

Thorpe, R., Holt, R. and Gold, J., (2004) 'Resisting Immaturity', Presented at the Northern Chapter of ISBA, Lancaster.

Thorpe, R., Holt, R. and Gold, J., (2004) 'Resisting Immaturity', British Academy of Management Conference, University of St-Andrews, Scotland.

Thorpe, R. and Holt,R. (2004) 'The Managerial Art of Rhetoric' EURAM St Andrews

Thorpe, R., Holt, R. and Gold, J. (2004) 'The Mature Entrepreneur' Cranfield School of Management.

Gold, J., Thorpe, R., Woodall, J., Gourlay, S. and Sadler-Smith, E. (2004) 'Learning from Hot Action' University of Limerick, Ireland.

MacPherson, A., Jones, O., Zhang, M., Sharifi, S., Thorpe, R. and Holt, R. (2004) 'John Dewey, Habit and Knowledge, OKLC 2004 Innsbruck/Austria 2-3 April 2004

Jones, O., Thorpe, R., Sharifi, S., Zhang, M, Holt, R., MacPherson, A. (2003) 'Conceptualisting Knowledge Creation in High Technology Small Firms'. Paper presented at the HTSF 2003, 12th - 13th June 2003, Manchester Business School, and Manchester, UK. In Proceedings

Jones, O., Thorpe, R., Sharifi, S., Zhang, M., Holt, R., MacPherson, A. (2003) 'Conceptualsing Business Knowledge in SMEs: Sectoral recipes and activity systems', Paper presented at the EGOS 19th Colloquium, 3rd - 5th July 2003, Cophenagen, Denmark. In Proceedings

Thorpe, R., Jones, O., Sharifi, S., Zhang, M., Holt, R., MacPherson, A. (2003) 'Owner-manger as Practical Authors'. Paper presented at the 48th ICSB, Belfast, June 2003.

MacPherson, A., Jones, O., Zhang, M., Sharrifi, S., Thorpe, R. and Holt, R. (2003) 'The Authorship of Knowledge in Small Businesses' 10th workshop on managerial and organisational cognition, ESSEC, Cergu-Pointoise, June 2003. In Proceedings

MacPherson, A., Thorpe, R., Jones, O., Zhang, M., Sharifi, S., Holt, R. (2003) 'Knowledge Work and Active Recipes for Success in SMEs. 33rd EISB Conference, Milan 10-12th September 2003 In proceedings

Thorpe, R., Jones, O., Sharifi, S., Zhang, M., Holt, R., MacPherson, A. (2003) 'The Authorship of Knowledge in Small Businesses'. To be presented at the British Academy of Management Conference, UK, September 2003.

Thorpe, R. Beasley, T., Paucar-Caceres, A, (2003) and 'Mapping the structure of MBA programmes: A comparative study of the structure and grouping of MBA programmes in the UK and the USA'. Presented at the AMBA Conference Nice.

Beasley, T., Paucar-Caceres, A, and Thorpe, R (2002). 'Mapping the structure of MBA programmes: A comparative study of the structure and grouping of MBA programmes in the UK and the USA' British Academy of Management Conference, Middlesex University London September.

Pandza, K.. and Thorpe, R. (2002) Capability Development EUROMA Conference Stockholm.

Thorpe, R. and Beasley, A. (2002) 'The Characteristics of Performance Management Research: Implications and Challenges' Performance Management Conference. Boston, June.

Shields, R., Thorpe, R. and Nelson, A. (2001) 'Behavioural Consequences of Mergers and Acquisitions Amongst NHS Hospital Trusts,' Health Services Conference, Oxford Brookes University, April.

Green, J. and Thorpe, R. (2002) Performance Management in English Schools. Methodological Concerns Regarding The Impact of Performance Related Pay Performance Management Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, April.

Cornelissen, J., Seymour, H. and Thorpe, R. (2001) 'Performance Indicators and Performance Management in the National Health Service (NHS) : Evaluation of the Global Burden of Disease Methodology as a Strategic Tool of Assessment'. European Health Management Association, Granada, Spain, 27-29 June 2001.

Thorpe, R. (2001) 'Management Learning in Europe'. European Academy of Management inaugural Conference. Barcelona (Spain), April.

Taylor, S., Down, S. and Thorpe, R. (2001) 'Management Competence in the Smaller Organisation'. Critical Management Studies Conference. Manchester, July 2001.

Taylor, S. and Thorpe, R. (2000) 'The Owner-Manager - No Isolated Nomad: Learning as a Process of Co-participation'. 23rd ISBA Nation Small Firms Policy and Research Conference. Centre for Entrepreneurship, Aberdeen Business School.

Thorpe, R. and Pavlica, K. (2000) 'Assessing the Learning of Czech Management since the Velvet Revolution'. 3rd Global Change Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, December.

Taylor, D. and Thorpe, R. (2000) 'Learning as a Process of co-participation on iterative exploration of Small Firm Owner-Manager Networks'. British Academy of Management Conference. 13-15 September, Edinburgh.

Thorpe, R. (2000) 'Quality Control, Assurance on Development: Alternative Approaches to Clinical Governance in the NHS'. British Academy of Management Conference. 13-15 September, Edinburgh.

Thorpe, R. (2000) 'The Relationship between Small Firms and Business Schools: How can they be improved?' Workshop based on the DfEE Advisory Group's report on the Relationship between Small Businesses and Business Schools. British Academy of Management Conference. 13-15 September, Edinburgh.

Rowan-Button, W. and Thorpe, R. (2000) 'Quality Control, Assurance on Development : Alternative approaches to Clinical Governance in the NHS'. British Academy of Management Conference. 13-15 September, Edinburgh.

Thorpe, R. (2000) 'NHS Mergers: The HR Implications of Mergers' in the NHS British Academy of Management Conference. 13-15 September, Edinburgh.

Selected Research Awards

2008 ESRC Social Science Week (£2,000)

2007 ESRC Impact grant (£50K) to disseminate the findings of the Evolution of Business knowledge project.

2007 FME. (£1500) To complete the data analysis on the ESRC Evolution of Business Knowledge in SME project

2006 Northern Way (Three RDAs) (£650K) Contributed to the writing and presentation of the bid for the Northern Leadership Academy - a programme of cooperation between The Universities of Lancaster, Leeds and Liverpool to address the quality of leadership and entrepreneurship in the north.

2005 Marie Currie (EU) Research Fellowship (£150,000). To support a visiting scholar to research into the field of dynamic capability and strategic decision making.

2005 FME. (£1,600) To conduct an evaluation of the ESRC Management teaching fellowship Scheme – 10 years on.

2004 ESRC TDA (£15,000) To support the establishment of the NE Consortium for Doctoral Training in Management and Business. Leeds to administer the grant.

2004 ESRC Seminar Series Perspectives on Performance (£15,000) to support research on performance management on six sites, Leeds, Warwick, Open University, University of East Anglia, Royal Holloway and Brunel. Leeds to administer the grant.

2004 Phase 1 study into the demographic problems facing Social Science Disciplines

2003-2004 An evaluation study into the networks of Small and Medium sized firms Funded by the Regional Development Agency - £50K.

2003 ESRC The Evolution of Business Knowledge in SMEs, Principal Investigator, £364K. Completed in January 2007, this project was evaluated as outstanding.

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