Workers’ attitudinal changes and the pandemic

By Dr Eric Shiu, Lecturer in Marketing and Innovation Management Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham It is beyond doubt that the pandemic is a major event to all the people who experienced it because it has had profound effects on many aspects of their life, now and in the long-term future. For example, it … Continue reading “Workers’ attitudinal changes and the pandemic”

Back to the High Street

By Dr. Sarah Montano, Senior Lecturer in Marketing  Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham Throughout the pandemic, retail has been classified into essential and non-essential – and shopping as a leisure activity has been quite restricted since Christmas 2020. In early January 2021, all non-essential retailers once again had to close their doors. After four … Continue reading “Back to the High Street”

Good growth vs parasitic growth for responsible business

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham Spring, and especially Easter, is a time when growth is on the agenda. It is time for renewal. For companies, it is a time to consider the end of one tax year and the beginning of another. A successful business is defined … Continue reading “Good growth vs parasitic growth for responsible business”

Valuing water in the transition to net-zero emissions

By Dr Nana Osei Bonsu, Research Fellow Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham Tackling climate change via reducing greenhouse gas emissions will take a massive, global transition to cleaner energy technologies, such as electric vehicles, renewables like wind and solar power, and more efficient energy storage. But all of these will … Continue reading “Valuing water in the transition to net-zero emissions”

5 Ways Your Brand Can Champion Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Beyond Black History Month

By Jasmine Cruz, Account Manager, BBH LA Birmingham Business School Every February, at the start of Black History Month, brands champion an emotional cry for unity. But by the time March rolls around, most brands are back to business as usual. In fact, a recent report found that about 76% of companies still have no diversity or … Continue reading “5 Ways Your Brand Can Champion Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Beyond Black History Month”

Building Back Better and the UK’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham COVID-19 has been extremely disruptive, with impacts including enhanced mortality and morbidity combined with unemployment, the collapse of firms, and concerns about mental health and wellbeing. Nevertheless, the direct impacts of COVID-19 occurred over a very short period requiring immediate action. The … Continue reading “Building Back Better and the UK’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution”

Dire problems for young workers?

By Professor Stan Siebert, Professor of Labour Economics University of Birmingham Young job seekers have been in the firing line during the past year’s slump. They are the classic “outsider” group, without a track record, trying to find their place in the world. They benefit most when times are good, but hurt most when times … Continue reading “Dire problems for young workers?”

What can we learn from COVID-19 working practices for working parents?

By Dr Sarah Forbes and Dr Holly Birkett Co-directors of the Equal Parenting Project The COVID-19 lockdown announced in March 2020 unexpectedly led to a nationwide experiment in home working. Many non-essential workers were suddenly working from home for the first time. The Office of National Statistics reported in April of 2020 that 46.6% of … Continue reading “What can we learn from COVID-19 working practices for working parents?”

Best before: The expiry date of the reality show influencer

By Cheryl Greyson, Teaching Fellow University of Birmingham With the UK on lockdown during a cold and wet January and February, it’s no wonder that viewers hunkered down on the sofa and eagerly binge-watched the escapist viewing of E4’s Married at First Sight Australia (MAFS). Whether it was the sunshine and beaches, or the premise … Continue reading “Best before: The expiry date of the reality show influencer”

Closing The Gender Pay Gap: Are we nearly there yet?

By Professor Fiona Carmichael, Dr Marco Ercolani, and Dr Scott Taylor University of Birmingham Workplace gender inequality is a global phenomenon. The ‘gender pay gap’ (GPG), measuring the difference between men’s and women’s mean or median wages, is the most evident and direct manifestation of gender inequality, and shows how far we have to go … Continue reading “Closing The Gender Pay Gap: Are we nearly there yet?”