Passenger caps and staff shortages: a crisis for tourism

By Dr Heather Jeffrey Birmingham Business School in Dubai, University of Birmingham In the midst of what has been a long, hot summer in the UK, many have been looking forward to getting away after over two years of severely reduced international mobility due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. However, many have had their hopes … Continue reading “Passenger caps and staff shortages: a crisis for tourism”

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. As the UK Parliament rises today for its summer recess, there will some who hope that the break, along with the Conservative leadership drama, is enough to … Continue reading “Is British politics really a misogynistic profession?”

How to save falling retail sales

By Dr Sarah Montano and Dr Inci Toral Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham whilst there is no doubt that retail is struggling to recover from the pandemic and faces an uncertain future due to the cost-of-living crisis, there will still be retailers that do well. The British Retail Consortium has recently announced that retail … Continue reading “How to save falling retail sales”

Are we having a summer of discontent?

By Dr Andy Hodder Department of Management, Birmingham Business School All of this comes at a time when strike action has been in long-term decline, and union membership levels are at 23.1% in the UK. However, low levels of strike action clearly do not mean that conflict at work has disappeared. Industrial action appears to … Continue reading “Are we having a summer of discontent?”

Is the local lost? Pub closures and community

By Professor Dan Herbert and Dr Sarah Montano Birmingham Business School “You want to go where everyone knows your name and they’re always glad you came!” – Cheers theme tune A recent report found that over the last decade the total number of pubs in England and Wales has dropped to below 40,000. This represents … Continue reading “Is the local lost? Pub closures and community”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”