Five things businesses can do to make the workplace more inclusive

By Dr Juliet E. Kele, Research Fellow in HRM Department of Management and Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham Every February, people across the UK celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, but can we achieve this celebration of diversity all year round? Recent research from Stonewall highlighted a general lack of acceptance towards … Continue reading “Five things businesses can do to make the workplace more inclusive”

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The Spice Girls and Comic Relief: from ‘girl power’ to ‘sweatshop scandal’

By Dr Charika Channuntapipat, Lecturer in Accounting Department of Accounting, University of Birmingham To the delight of many, the Spice Girls have announced a reunion tour starting in June this year. A group that has long stood for gender equality and female empowerment, the band have been credited with sparking the fourth wave of feminism … Continue reading “The Spice Girls and Comic Relief: from ‘girl power’ to ‘sweatshop scandal’”

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Thinking about disability and leadership

By Dr John Gibney, Senior Fellow Department of Management, University of Birmingham It is a different idea – but the many uniquely authentic experience(s) of a ‘life disabled’ teach much about the meaning and practice of a ‘good’ life. People who live with, walk alongside, and navigate physical, learning and mental health disability have much … Continue reading “Thinking about disability and leadership”

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Menopause discrimination is a real thing – this is how employers can help

By Professor Fiona Carmichael and Professor Joanne Duberley Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham For many women, going through the menopause can be a difficult time. It typically occurs for women between 45-55 years-old and lasts four to eight years. Most women experience some symptoms – the severity and duration of which can vary from … Continue reading “Menopause discrimination is a real thing – this is how employers can help”

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Where will be hit hardest by a no-deal Brexit?

By Dr Chloe Billing, Research Fellow City Region Economic and Development Institute (City REDI), University of Birmingham With the historic defeat of the Government’s Brexit deal on Tuesday 15th January, what are the economic implications for UK regions in the event of a no-deal Brexit? The work of our international research team, led by Professor … Continue reading “Where will be hit hardest by a no-deal Brexit?”

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Meditations on the demise of Advent and the commercialisation of Christmas

By Professor John Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Competitiveness Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham Every year Christmas seems to become closer to the end of October. Retailers begin to signal the start of the season of Christmas. Illuminated Christmas trees begin to appear in shops and houses. Perhaps Christmas now commences on … Continue reading “Meditations on the demise of Advent and the commercialisation of Christmas”

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Value and valuing Christmas: towards a non-price-based theory of value

By Professor John Bryson, Professor of Enterprise and Competitiveness Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham In 2016 and again in 2017, I produced a Christmas blog that explored twelve economic impacts of Christmas. More recently, I commented on Small Business Saturday and the importance of responsible consumption during the December shopping Christmas frenzy. This year I am not … Continue reading “Value and valuing Christmas: towards a non-price-based theory of value”

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Is recycling crisp packets enough for Walkers to become a responsible business?

By Dr Roshan Boojihawon, Senior Lecturer in Strategy Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham After its recent decision to make recyclable crisp packets in response to mounting pressure from its consumers, Walkers seems to have become known as the ‘responsible’ crisp manufacturer. Although some see this as a responsible move, I would … Continue reading “Is recycling crisp packets enough for Walkers to become a responsible business?”

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It’s Christmas – and many people will be going to food banks

By Dr Caroline Moraes, University of Birmingham, Professor Morven G. McEachern, University of Huddersfield, Dr Andrea Gibbons and Dr Lisa Scullion, University of Salford While we might think of Christmas as the season of goodwill in terms of encouraging a few extra donations, real structural change is needed to limit food insecurity in the UK. We need … Continue reading “It’s Christmas – and many people will be going to food banks”

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Brexit and the City: implications for EU capital markets

By Professor Andrew Mullineux, Professor of Financial Economics, Research Associate at the Lloyds Centre for Responsible Business The Department of Finance, University of Birmingham Banks and other financial institutions are preparing for Brexit (and a potential ‘no-deal’ Brexit) by opening and moving staff to offices in EU cities. We can expect to see this trend continue, in … Continue reading “Brexit and the City: implications for EU capital markets”

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