The Hallmark of Change: Bride and Prejudice

By Dr Juliet E. Kele, Research Fellow In HRM Department of Marketing and Lloyds Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham The US TV channel Hallmark, known for its family-friendly movies, has come under criticism for its decision to withdraw an advertisement for a wedding planning website featuring a same-sex couple. The company have since apologised … Continue reading “The Hallmark of Change: Bride and Prejudice”

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‘Tis the Season to Spend – What does this mean for the High Street?

By Dr Sarah Montano, Senior Lecturer in Marketing Department of Marketing  The Christmas season is always anticipated by retailers and customers alike. For retailers the season is the “golden quarter” when maximum profits are expected. For customers, Christmas is the time to exchange gifts and so necessitates online or store-based shopping for loved ones. With … Continue reading “‘Tis the Season to Spend – What does this mean for the High Street?”

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Black Friday – Worth the Hype?

By Dr Emma Gardner, Lecturer in Strategy and International Business, Department of Strategy and International Business   The retail industry has been struggling for some time, with online retailers such as Amazon often blamed for the struggles of the traditional high street. The American export of Black Friday, during which retailers offer discounted products in a … Continue reading “Black Friday – Worth the Hype?”

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We Are All Very Charitable – But Not When It Comes to Arts Organisations

By Dr Caroline Moreas, Dr Athanasia Daskalopoulou and Professor Isabelle Szmigin Department of Marketing The funding landscape for British contemporary arts and crafts has changed significantly over the years. Up to 74% of arts organisations in Arts Council England’s (ACE) funding portfolio have been affected by public funding cuts, though a greater number of organisations … Continue reading “We Are All Very Charitable – But Not When It Comes to Arts Organisations”

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Free Broadband for All: Fairy-tale Policies and Economics?

By John Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography, Department of Strategy and International Business  The Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, has released a £20bn plan that would ensure that free full-fibre broadband is available throughout the Kingdom. Labour’s plan would make broadband ubiquitous and free. The £20bn cost is perhaps an underestimate. The plan to … Continue reading “Free Broadband for All: Fairy-tale Policies and Economics?”

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Education on Workers’ Rights and Working Class History Vital for Democracy

By Professor Tony Dobbins, Professor of Employment Relations and HR Management President of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association The implications of Brexit for workers’ rights has attracted extensive recent commentary. Facts still matter. Despite government promises, Brexit could herald a rollback of workers’ rights. A recent report on Brexit and Workers’ Rights concludes that … Continue reading “Education on Workers’ Rights and Working Class History Vital for Democracy”

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Living with and Through Food Insecurity

By Dr Caroline Moraes, University of Birmingham and Professor Morven McEachern, University of Huddersfield  In the forthcoming The Future of Society Festival, we will be discussing what it is like to live with and through food insecurity. Currently, 14.2 million people are living in poverty and experiencing vulnerability on multiple dimensions. One in five people … Continue reading “Living with and Through Food Insecurity”

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Thomas Cook – all burnt out

By Dr Amir Qamar, Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham Founded in 1841, Thomas Cook has come a long way, having grown its employee base to over 20,000 people and serving around 19 million holidaymakers every year. This week, the travel company was unable to secure funding and announced a $1.5bn loss, … Continue reading “Thomas Cook – all burnt out”

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