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?”

Managing flexible working post-pandemic

By Dr Daniel Wheatley Department of Management, University of Birmingham The rapid expansion of remote working at home in response to the global pandemic, peaking at around two-in-five workers in mid-2020, has prompted considerable debate regarding the future landscape of work, as many organisations begin to rethink the workplace and explore potential longer-term adoption of more flexible … Continue reading “Managing flexible working post-pandemic”

The future of airlines post-COVID

Dr Anandadeep Mandal Department of Finance, University of Birmingham With the ongoing vaccine programs around the world, international travel may soon take off again. But the key question is whether it will return to pre-COVID level or will it be a new-normal. The impact of COVID-19 on tourism and international travel has been unprecedented. Global … Continue reading “The future of airlines post-COVID”

Joining the net zero bandwagon?

King A. Wellington Business Strategist, Communication Specialist and Entrepreneur, BBS MBA student Opening the Ambition Summit on December 12, 2020, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, announced his government’s decision to bring an end to direct support to fossil fuel energy project across the world. On 4 December, 2020, the BBC highlighted Denmark’s … Continue reading “Joining the net zero bandwagon?”

Nissan can live with the Brexit deal – for now

Professor David Bailey  Department of Management, Birmingham Business School Having previously stressed the risks of a no trade deal for its entire European business model, Nissan has committed to assembling cars at its Sunderland plant – for now at least. That should mean that its new Qashqai model – delayed from last year amidst Brexit uncertainty – … Continue reading “Nissan can live with the Brexit deal – for now”

GameStop: a new era of shareholder activism?

By Dr Christoph Biehl Associate of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, Department of Management The history of shareholder engagement and activism – particularly in the US – is one of ‘the little man’ making his voice heard by buying shares. So what’s so different about the current situation with GameStop? Well in … Continue reading “GameStop: a new era of shareholder activism?”

Inequality in economic impact of COVID-19 and its consequences

By Professor Aditya Goenka The Department of Economics, University of Birmingham The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the inequalities that exist in society. While the demographic data on infections and mortality has not been matched fully with income data, a picture of the unequal impact of the pandemic on society is emerging. Recent evidence shows that … Continue reading “Inequality in economic impact of COVID-19 and its consequences”

My New Year’s resolution? To be more sustainable

By Dr Jennifer L TyreeHageman Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business It’s the start of a new year and even in these strange, lockdown times, many of us will be making resolutions to improve ourselves over January. Challenging ourselves to eat healthier or get fit are the usual ones, but what about resolving to … Continue reading “My New Year’s resolution? To be more sustainable”

Brexit: What has come out of the oven?

By Professor Aditya Goenka The Department of Economics, University of Birmingham In 2019, Boris Johnson said “We’ve got a deal that’s oven-ready. We’ve just got to put it in at gas mark four, give it 20 minutes and Bob’s your uncle.” The deal was finally sealed on Christmas Eve 2020 and rushed through Parliament to … Continue reading “Brexit: What has come out of the oven?”

What is the best Christmas present you can give yourself this year if you are in problem debt?

By Andy Lymer, Professor of Accounting and Taxation and Director of the Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) at the University of Birmingham The UK’s Money and Pensions Service estimates 8 million of us will face problem debt – debt they don’t know how we will repay – by the end of 2021. … Continue reading “What is the best Christmas present you can give yourself this year if you are in problem debt?”