Performative Improvisation or Rishi Sunak’s approach to ‘Turning on a Sixpence’

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham I have no difficulty with improvisation, but this must also be focused on enhancing mental health and well-being and confronting some of the key challenges that face the UK. We live in interesting times in which a new approach to government is … Continue reading “Performative Improvisation or Rishi Sunak’s approach to ‘Turning on a Sixpence’”

Brexit: Where are we heading?

By Professor Pervez Ghauri Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham With a very little time left and both parties not moving much form their positions, it seems that we are heading towards a no-deal Brexit. Back in early 1960s when the economy was bad, Britain’s entry to Europe’s common market was denied … Continue reading “Brexit: Where are we heading?”

Covid-19 Policy U-Turn? The Shift from Nationwide to Localised Lockdowns

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham On 23 March 2020, I published a piece on the Birmingham Business School blog under the title Social Distancing: People are the Problem. That does seem such a long time ago. This piece was written just as the UK entered lockdown and … Continue reading “Covid-19 Policy U-Turn? The Shift from Nationwide to Localised Lockdowns”

How to sustain SMEs productivity during a crisis

By Dr Margarita Nyfoudi Department of Management, University of Birmingham Popular belief has it that Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are a close-knit community, in which the members go over and above their work duties to help their employer. Yet, the findings of our recent study revealed that during a crisis employees are less likely … Continue reading “How to sustain SMEs productivity during a crisis”

The new cold war post Covid-19

By Professor Xiaohui Liu Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham For China, forced decoupling with the US, and restrictions on technological collaboration and imports from the US, may further accelerate Chinese indigenous innovation in the long term. The consequences of Covid-19 are reaching far beyond our imagination. It has not only caused … Continue reading “The new cold war post Covid-19”

Narratives and Competitiveness: From Bloomsday to Normal People

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham Ulysses is one of the great novels and will remain an important landmark in the European literary canon. The anniversary of the 16 June 1904 is known as Bloomsday. This is the day when we celebrate Leopold Bloom’s walk through the streets … Continue reading “Narratives and Competitiveness: From Bloomsday to Normal People”

Cooperative strategy: Renault-Nissan’s Bumpy Ride

By Professor John Child and Dr Linda Hsieh The Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham Alliances can be very successful – if led by the right people, designed around a sound cooperative strategy supported for the long run by all stakeholders. It’s not just in international relations that politics can sabotage opportunities … Continue reading “Cooperative strategy: Renault-Nissan’s Bumpy Ride”

A New High Street Experience

By Dr Sarah Montano Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham The impact of COVID-19 on UK retail activity has been virtually unprecedented, with a record 18.1% fall in retail sales, in April 2020, which followed a fall of 5.2% in March 2020. The impact of this fall in sales can be particularly seen by the … Continue reading “A New High Street Experience”

Does power turn people into lockdown rulebreakers?

By Dr Grigorios Lamprinakos Research Fellow, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business The COVID-19 crisis has seen a whole new set of rules put into effect on lockdown, social distancing, face-covering and handwashing, affecting every part of our lives. The assumption underpinning these rules seems to be that the population are rational rule-followers, who … Continue reading “Does power turn people into lockdown rulebreakers?”

Overcoming wicked problems: structural inequality, discrimination and racism

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham  Nevertheless, addressing intersectionality is at the core of the call to act on structural inequality. What is the most appropriate reaction to the death of George Floyd on May 25 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota? This is perhaps one of the key questions … Continue reading “Overcoming wicked problems: structural inequality, discrimination and racism”