Trusting which experts? Think tanks and politically-neutral knowledge

By Dr Scott Taylor, Reader in Leadership & Organization Studies, Department of Management, and Dr Amon Barros, Assistant Professor, FGV Sao Paulo School of Business Administration political debate is now framed by a mistrust of ‘experts’ who claim specific knowledge and authority, as well as their research. Long-established London-based think tank, the Institute of Economic … Continue reading “Trusting which experts? Think tanks and politically-neutral knowledge”

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Responsible business education: a no-brainer

By Dr Juliet E. Kele, Research Fellow In HRM Department of Marketing and Lloyds Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham Teachers have the power to create safe places for many under-represented student groups. This in turn allows students to express their views and perspectives within the classroom With organisations becoming increasingly conscious that their responsibility … Continue reading “Responsible business education: a no-brainer”

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Is it still safe to use Facebook?

By Dr Rosalind Jones, Lecturer in Marketing Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham Facebook needs to work on creating an improved alliance with outsourced companies or bring the work in-house, ensuring compliance for a better and safer world. A recent Channel 4 Dispatches program – Inside Facebook: Secrets of the Social Network – saw an undercover … Continue reading “Is it still safe to use Facebook?”

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Emojis and message clarity

By Dr David Houghton, Senior Lecturer in Marketing Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham we are seeing plenty of new emojis challenging the status quo,  from male- and female-only couples to the ability to change the skin colour for the majority of emoji characters. When World Emoji Day was brought to my attention, my initial thought … Continue reading “Emojis and message clarity”

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The last straw – why Wimbledon has fallen out of love with plastic

By Professor Delphine Gibassier, Senior Research Fellow Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham it’s no surprise that companies and organisations such as Wimbledon rallied behind the cause, drifting from their plastic-dependency. At the last tournament, Wimbledon generated roughly 400,000 plastic straws. It is therefore no wonder, amidst the ever-growing … Continue reading “The last straw – why Wimbledon has fallen out of love with plastic”

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Chocolate, Fairtrade and Responsible Business

By Nana O Bonsu, Research Fellow Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham Though that might be good for the consumer, our buying habits could have a negative effect on cocoa farmers across the globe For years in the UK, chocolate has been inexpensive and readily available. Though that might be good for … Continue reading “Chocolate, Fairtrade and Responsible Business”

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A guide to the customs union: the future for the UK

By Professor John Fender, Professor of Macroeconomics Department of Economics, University of Birmingham Even if [the UK] negotiates a free trade deal with the EU, trade will not be entirely frictionless Most economists agree that international trade has significant economic benefits for the countries involved. However, such countries often impose tariffs on imports which impede trade … Continue reading “A guide to the customs union: the future for the UK”

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Heathrow’s third runway – is it worth it?

By Dr Amir Qamar, Research Associate within City-REDI, Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham Heathrow is operating at 99% capacity. Something has to be done but expansion comes with high costs and risks, as well as hindering the competitive position of other UK airports and regions. With 415 votes to 119, MPs in … Continue reading “Heathrow’s third runway – is it worth it?”

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World No Tobacco Day and why it still matters

By Dr Caroline Moraes, Senior Lecturer in Marketing Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham I hope to see a future where we have all stopped smoking, making World No Tobacco Day and threat-based social marketing become redundant. The need to curb tobacco consumption due to its detrimental health effects is still a topical issue, despite the many … Continue reading “World No Tobacco Day and why it still matters”

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