Short-term rentals and the housing market

By Dr Hans Koster The Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) Visiting Fellow Join Dr Hans Koster on campus on 5th December, 12pm,  G07 Birmingham Business School University House, for a full talk on this topic. More information on our website. Short-term rental (STR) platforms, such as Airbnb, have grown spectacularly in recent years. Since its launch … Continue reading “Short-term rentals and the housing market”

Towards accounting education that balances purpose, people, planet and profit

By Professor Ian Thomson, Professor of Accounting and Sustainability, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Centre Director Department of Accounting, University of Birmingham In a recent article for the Guardian, Dr van der Kolk correctly bemoaned the technical bias in teaching accounting in many leading business schools. However, his assertion that all business schools choose to … Continue reading “Towards accounting education that balances purpose, people, planet and profit”

Why does policy integration matter for responsible business?

By Dr Nana O Bonsu, Research Fellow Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham Over time, the term ‘responsible business’ has gained momentum and become more mainstream within policy, academia, and business management practices globally. This is resulting in a shift from the traditional ‘corporate social responsibility’ discourse, to the establishment of … Continue reading “Why does policy integration matter for responsible business?”

The Treasury and the virtual modelling of a Brexit ‘reality’

By Professor John Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Competitiveness Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham As Theresa May tries to persuade politicians and the British people to support the deal that she has negotiated with the European Union, Brexit becomes even more exciting. Perhaps, the best way of describing this deal is that … Continue reading “The Treasury and the virtual modelling of a Brexit ‘reality’”

Staying stable in a world of financial uncertainty

By Radman Selmic, Research Fellow Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham  Better education and support to clients who need it, a collective demand for transparency in finance, and improved distribution of information to clients are all needed to enhance the level of financial capability across the UK. In a world that has … Continue reading “Staying stable in a world of financial uncertainty”

Towards a responsible budget rather than politics without vision or ambition?

By Professor John Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham The danger is that our politicians are suffering from Brexit myopia and this includes the inability to develop a longer-term vision for the UK. The only current vision revolves around an agenda set by others In a speech … Continue reading “Towards a responsible budget rather than politics without vision or ambition?”

Crashing out of the EU with a no-deal Brexit

By Professor Aditya Goenka, Chair in Economics The Department of Economics, University of Birmingham In the event of a hard Brexit, analysts expect that the pound could depreciate by a further 10 percent, adding to the inflationary pressures in the economy. Time is starting to run short for the UK government to resolve the conflicting … Continue reading “Crashing out of the EU with a no-deal Brexit”

Why making workers owners of large firms would be good for UK innovation

By Dr Paulina Ramirez, Lecturer in International Business and Innovation Department of Management, University of Birmingham Giving employees, whose futures are tightly linked to the long-term development of their firms, not just ownership, but also voice in both strategic and day-to-day managerial decisions, could open the way to the retention of profits. National systems of … Continue reading “Why making workers owners of large firms would be good for UK innovation”

Understanding and mitigating the risks of Brexit at a local level

By Professor Raquel Ortega-Argilés, Chair, Regional Economic Development Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham Politically, the referendum has been a shock to our system. However, Brexit may help us to look afresh at problems in the UK Our current research from the ESRC Brexit Priory Grant, ‘The Economic Impact of Brexit in … Continue reading “Understanding and mitigating the risks of Brexit at a local level”

Would you like craft with your coffee?

By Dr Scott Taylor, Reader in Leadership & Organization Studies Department of Management, University of Birmingham Craft work doesn’t guarantee happiness or satisfaction, but it comes a lot closer than the alienated work on offer in most large corporate organisations. Walking along most British high streets now, you may not find a BHS or Woolworths, … Continue reading “Would you like craft with your coffee?”