Will working from home become the new normal after the pandemic?

By Professor Stan Siebert Department of Management, University of Birmingham The University of Birmingham has a beautiful campus. A few months ago, another gleaming building opened, the £18 million extension to the Business School. This provides 120 new offices for the School. But the pandemic hit soon after staff had moved in, and all have … Continue reading “Will working from home become the new normal after the pandemic?”

Should the NHS lead the UK’s contact tracing app?

By Dr Rebecca McDonald, Lecturer in Economics Department of Economics, University of Birmingham […] an app controlled by the NHS may provide the most promising solution for encouraging uptake and use, helping to end lockdown safely. Contact tracing will be crucial to managing the UK’s release from lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. … Continue reading “Should the NHS lead the UK’s contact tracing app?”

Is COVID-19 a threat to sustainability?

By Dr Roshan Boojihawon, Senior Lecturer in Strategy Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham COVID-19 poses to overshadow all of these strides towards sustainability as such issues typically take a back seat in times of economic uncertainty. Global crises, like COVID-19, are complex because they come layered with a myriad of interlinked … Continue reading “Is COVID-19 a threat to sustainability?”

Moving teaching online: the role of the educator

By Dr Roshan Boojihawon and  Dr Daniel Chicksand Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a transformative process in online education globally. Universities around the world are mobilising the courses they offer online, enabled by modern technology to allow for seemingly normal continuation and completion of studies. There is also … Continue reading “Moving teaching online: the role of the educator”

State Aid and Fiscal Transfers in the Eurozone: A new Euro-vision?

By Professor Andy Mullineux Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Department of Finance The European Union (EU) has relaxed restrictions on aid provided by member state governments to domestically incorporated businesses (‘State Aid’) during the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath. This is in order to facilitate job protection schemes and protect companies from overseas … Continue reading “State Aid and Fiscal Transfers in the Eurozone: A new Euro-vision?”

Funding the NHS and government expenditure after the COVID-19 crisis

By Professor Andy Mullineux Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Department of Finance   The limitations on what the UK government can borrow from the Bank of England are determined primarily by inflation rising above tolerable rates and unacceptable depreciation of sterling, according to Modern Monetary Theory. The depreciation of sterling will be dependent … Continue reading “Funding the NHS and government expenditure after the COVID-19 crisis”

How to pay for the (COVID-19) war

By Professor Andy Mullineux Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Department of Finance In 1940, Keynes famously published the book How to Pay for the War, which proposed re-assigning industrial production to support the war effort and deferring workers’ pay by issuing credits that would be redeemed after the war. The aim of these … Continue reading “How to pay for the (COVID-19) war”

Maintaining trust within a virtual work space

By Mark NK Saunders, Professor of Business Research Methods, Birmingham Business School, and Colin Hughes, Head of the Graduate Business School, Technological University Dublin and Postgraduate Researcher, Birmingham Business School With organisations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government recently ‘ordering’ people to stay at home to avoid unnecessary social contact, the number of people … Continue reading “Maintaining trust within a virtual work space”

Top tips for improving the inclusivity of fathers in the workplace

By Dr Sarah Forbes and Dr Holly Birkett, co-directors of the Equal Parenting Project Over the past three years, we have been researching how parents navigate the pressures of combining working and parenting. As co-directors of the Equal Parenting Project, our research has identified a pattern of parents who are not entitled to maternity leave … Continue reading “Top tips for improving the inclusivity of fathers in the workplace”

Peaky Blinders: a gritty brand for Birmingham?

By Jemma Saunders, Department of Film and Creative Writing, and Professor Finola Kerrigan, Department of Marketing University of Birmingham “As the fifth series commences, it seems Birmingham can only continue to capitalise on the uniquely Peaky brand that mythologises an era of the city’s history.” In 2013, Tommy Shelby and the Peaky Blinders burst onto … Continue reading “Peaky Blinders: a gritty brand for Birmingham?”