UK Pension liberalisation: freedom and choice or risk and insecurity?

Today marks Pension Awareness Day, a day to promote the importance of saving for the future, alert the nation that they are not saving enough for retirement and encourage pension providers and employers to provide easily understandable and accessible information. By Louise Overton, Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Birmingham Since the introduction … Continue reading “UK Pension liberalisation: freedom and choice or risk and insecurity?”

Still staying underground? Informal work, small firms and the National Living Wage

“How are small firms actually implementing the National Living Wage (NLW)? Will the NLW and accompanying efforts to boost enforcement shock errant firms into compliance? And what distinguishes compliant from non-complaint firms?” By Monder Ram, Director, Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CREME) Based on research by Monder Ram (Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham), … Continue reading “Still staying underground? Informal work, small firms and the National Living Wage”

Why all the fuss? It’s about time, lord

“Twitter claimed that ‘a woman can’t be a Doctor’ and ‘it is not Nurse Who, but Doctor Who’” By Finola Kerrigan, Reader in Marketing and Consumption at Birmingham Business School Doctor Who fans waited with great excitement to find out who the thirteenth Doctor would be.  This long running, rebooted series has an inbuilt mechanism to … Continue reading “Why all the fuss? It’s about time, lord”

An alternative take on the benefits of increasingly targeted user engagement

By Dr David Houghton, Lecturer in Marketing at Birmingham Business School A little while back I posted a blog on what I believe is the more important issue around selfie posting: that we need to look beyond the selfie and to the self. I wanted to write a bit more on the concern that we might … Continue reading “An alternative take on the benefits of increasingly targeted user engagement”

Strong and Stable Leadership – why city leadership becomes more important in times of national turbulence

By Rebecca Riley, Business Development Director of the City Region Economic and Development Institute (City REDI). To say we are in interesting times would be an understatement, the recent general election has plunged us further into uncertainty. Putting aside the rights and wrongs of holding the election and the unfolding political alliances it’s important to … Continue reading “Strong and Stable Leadership – why city leadership becomes more important in times of national turbulence”

Assisting Performance Development at Rolls-Royce plc

By Dr Joe Sanderson and Dr Chris Lonsdale, Procurement and Operations Management Department Over the past three years, we have been working with the production side of Rolls-Royce’s civil aerospace division (RR) on make-buy, procurement and contract management.. The key components of our work have been a research-led competence development programme linked to strategy support … Continue reading “Assisting Performance Development at Rolls-Royce plc”

12-18 June is Carers week – time to celebrate the unpaid work of millions of caregivers in the UK

By Fiona Carmichael (Professor of Labour Economics), Joy Fillingham (Lecturer, Social Policy and Social Work) & Louise Isham (Doctoral Researcher and Social Worker) Carers Week aims to raise awareness of the unpaid caregiving undertaken by 6.5 million carers in the UK. Caregivers provide help and support for ill, frail or disabled family members and friends. Many … Continue reading “12-18 June is Carers week – time to celebrate the unpaid work of millions of caregivers in the UK”

Andy’s To-Do List: Challenges for the New WMCA Mayor

Director of City-REDI Simon Collinson examines the obstacles our new Metro Mayor will face and how he can begin to tackle them. By a narrow margin on the second ballot, the people of the West Midlands voted for Andy Street to be the first Mayor of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) region. He is … Continue reading “Andy’s To-Do List: Challenges for the New WMCA Mayor”

Resource orchestration for sustainable entrepreneurship: multiple actors’ perspective

To celebrate Responsible Business Week we will be posting a series of blogs on this topic. In this post, Senior Lecturer Dr. Natalia Vershinina and Research Fellow Dr. Vivek Soundararajan tackle sustainable entrepreneurship. We are living in the age, when climate change is accelerated by collective human activity, which includes irresponsible business activity. We seem to think that … Continue reading “Resource orchestration for sustainable entrepreneurship: multiple actors’ perspective”