Is British politics really a misogynistic profession?

By Dr Scott Taylor Professor in Leadership & Organisation Studies, Department of Management Women were formally excluded from practising politics, and from participation by voting, until relatively recently. Members of Parliament resign for a wide variety of reasons. This week’s by-election, in the mid-Devon constituency of Tiverton and Honiton, may be the first to be … Continue reading “Is British politics really a misogynistic profession?”

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How insincere attempts at diversity and inclusion are failing the UK’s ethnically diverse workforce

By Olivia Tomlinson Research Fellow, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Celebrate differences, and finally stop encouraging colleagues to “be more white” – because in the words of one male survey respondent, “if we keep doing the same thing we will end up with the same results”. “Essential requirement for promotion and progression: white … Continue reading “How insincere attempts at diversity and inclusion are failing the UK’s ethnically diverse workforce”

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Celebrating dads this Father’s Day

By Dr Holly Birkett and Dr Sarah Forbes Co-directors of the Equal Parenting Project Parents have had the challenge of guiding their children through the pandemic, including the knock on effects on education, mental wellbeing and personal development. On Sunday 19th June, many families will be marking Father’s Day, celebrating the role that dads play … Continue reading “Celebrating dads this Father’s Day”

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Shocks, resilience and regional industry policy: Brexit and the automotive sector in two Midlands regions

Professor David Bailey  Department of Management, Birmingham Business School Particular attention needs to be paid to the development of skills in the region and the changing demands of an evolving sector (particularly with disruption linked to the shift to EVs, automation, digitalization and globalization far beyond the EU). What are the implications for Brexit for … Continue reading “Shocks, resilience and regional industry policy: Brexit and the automotive sector in two Midlands regions”

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Has COVID-19 set gender equality back decades? Not in the workplace

By Dr Holly Birkett and Dr Sarah Forbes Co-directors of the Equal Parenting Project Put simply, COVID-19 has created an opportunity to rethink work, to normalise flexible working and fathers caring, breaking down many of the barriers men and particularly fathers have faced in the past Over the past decade a key question in the … Continue reading “Has COVID-19 set gender equality back decades? Not in the workplace”

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Cultural Reforms for Peace: The Crucial Role of Accommodating Diversity

By Dr Giuditta Fontana (University of Birmingham), Dr Ilaria Masiero (University of Geneva), Genevieve Kotarska (Royal United Services Institute) Our findings challenge existing ideas that encourage integrationist approaches to post-conflict cultural policies. In our study, accommodationist reforms were significantly correlated with lower levels of post-agreement violence Tomorrow’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and … Continue reading “Cultural Reforms for Peace: The Crucial Role of Accommodating Diversity”

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System change, levelling-up, and courageous policy objectives

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham The current economic strategy is based on economic growth, but levelling-up involving system change must be driven by an emphasis on ‘responsible inclusive prosperity’. Levelling-up is one of the current political mantras focussing on reducing inequalities and encouraging the emergence of a … Continue reading “System change, levelling-up, and courageous policy objectives”

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Getting on online

By Jiaming Li (PhD Management), Dr Edward Granter, Dr Andy Hodder University of Birmingham  Thus, content creators are autonomous and independent, yet fight against the surveillance and regulations of platforms. With working from home becoming the ‘new normal’, the Covid-19 pandemic led to increasing recognition of social media as a form of employment and entrepreneurship. … Continue reading “Getting on online”

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The ‘wicked problem’ behind P&O Ferries sackings

By Professor Tony Dobbins, Professor of Work and Employment Relations President of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association All too often, the rules of the game of corporate governance, as currently configured, reward irresponsible business The decision by P&O Ferries to sack 800 workers without notice and replace them with low-cost agency crew has attracted … Continue reading “The ‘wicked problem’ behind P&O Ferries sackings”

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A statement with a spring?

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham The Chancellor must balance a long-term approach with short-term needs. This is all about acting with responsibility and developing solutions for immediate problems but framed within investments intended to support a better future. We are all living in extremely challenging times. The … Continue reading “A statement with a spring?”

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