Valentine’s Day: Romantic Potential of Money

By Dr Pilar Rojas Gaviria Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham The room is empty, And the window is open – Charles Simic Belgian chocolates, exotic fragrances, everlasting roses, special dinners, the list is endless of conventional products, experiences and rituals in which some of us will be immersed in this coming Valentine’s Day. As … Continue reading “Valentine’s Day: Romantic Potential of Money”

To Huawei, or not to Huawei? That was the question for the UK government

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and International Business , University of Birmingham The shift from 4G to 5G represents a major moment of disruptive innovation that has the potential to completely transform everyday living. This is not a simple incremental improvement to the existing 4G network. This is a moment of radical innovation … Continue reading “To Huawei, or not to Huawei? That was the question for the UK government”

Sussex Royal – Happily ever after?

By Dr Miriam McGowan Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham Many thought the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle symbolised a ‘new era’ for the Royal Family. However, 19 months later Harry and Meghan have decided to step down as senior royals, with a view to become financially independent and gain a “more peaceful … Continue reading “Sussex Royal – Happily ever after?”

VIDEO AND PODCAST: Should people with problem debt look to save?

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 third Monday of January – deemed ‘Blue Monday’ – is called by some the most depressing day of the year, with the excitement of Christmas over, poor weather, and … Continue reading “VIDEO AND PODCAST: Should people with problem debt look to save?”

The Hallmark of Change: Bride and Prejudice

By Dr Juliet E. Kele, Research Fellow In HRM Department of Marketing and Lloyds Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham The US TV channel Hallmark, known for its family-friendly movies, has come under criticism for its decision to withdraw an advertisement for a wedding planning website featuring a same-sex couple. The company have since apologised … Continue reading “The Hallmark of Change: Bride and Prejudice”

‘Tis the Season to Spend – What does this mean for the High Street?

By Dr Sarah Montano, Senior Lecturer in Marketing Department of Marketing  The Christmas season is always anticipated by retailers and customers alike. For retailers the season is the “golden quarter” when maximum profits are expected. For customers, Christmas is the time to exchange gifts and so necessitates online or store-based shopping for loved ones. With … Continue reading “‘Tis the Season to Spend – What does this mean for the High Street?”

Black Friday – Worth the Hype?

By Dr Emma Gardner, Lecturer in Strategy and International Business, Department of Strategy and International Business   The retail industry has been struggling for some time, with online retailers such as Amazon often blamed for the struggles of the traditional high street. The American export of Black Friday, during which retailers offer discounted products in a … Continue reading “Black Friday – Worth the Hype?”

We Are All Very Charitable – But Not When It Comes to Arts Organisations

By Dr Caroline Moreas, Dr Athanasia Daskalopoulou and Professor Isabelle Szmigin Department of Marketing The funding landscape for British contemporary arts and crafts has changed significantly over the years. Up to 74% of arts organisations in Arts Council England’s (ACE) funding portfolio have been affected by public funding cuts, though a greater number of organisations … Continue reading “We Are All Very Charitable – But Not When It Comes to Arts Organisations”

The four-day working week: dream or nightmare?

By Stan Siebert, Professor of Labour Economics Department of Management  Imagine Joe, a carpenter in a small furniture-making business. Joe is paid by the hour, and often works overtime because he is paying off the mortgage. On top of his basic 38 hours, he puts in about 5 hours a week overtime, at time-and-a-half pay. … Continue reading “The four-day working week: dream or nightmare?”

Free Broadband for All: Fairy-tale Policies and Economics?

By John Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography, Department of Strategy and International Business  The Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, has released a £20bn plan that would ensure that free full-fibre broadband is available throughout the Kingdom. Labour’s plan would make broadband ubiquitous and free. The £20bn cost is perhaps an underestimate. The plan to … Continue reading “Free Broadband for All: Fairy-tale Policies and Economics?”