Large food companies and the obesity crisis

By Dr Jane Glover, Research Fellow Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business, University of Birmingham Recently, there have been calls to curb the influence of ‘big food’ companies to help tackle obesity, and for political leaders to step up to make the food industry more responsible. Given the nature of the industry, are these … Continue reading “Large food companies and the obesity crisis”

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”

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?”

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”

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”

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”

What does it take to be an entrepreneur?

By Professor Kiran Trehan, Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development Department of Management, University of Birmingham Entrepreneurship is a highly personal journey with many ups and downs; you will shape your business and your business will shape you. Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the key to economic growth. With TV reality shows like The Apprentice … Continue reading “What does it take to be an entrepreneur?”

Be in the know about GDPR and data protection

By Dr David Houghton, Senior Lecturer in Marketing Department of Marketing, University of Birmingham Not everybody will care nor want to think about it, but being able to make an informed choice is always better than making the presumption. The GDPR comes into force on the 25th May and replaces the Data Protection Act of 1998 … Continue reading “Be in the know about GDPR and data protection”

Is corporate wellness an indicator of responsible business?

By Dr Geraint Harvey, Senior Lecturer in HRM and Industrial Relations, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Associate Department of Management, University of Birmingham scholars have called for businesses to not focus on new health initiatives, but on more established aspects of human resource management that give workers the tools to live healthier lives. … Continue reading “Is corporate wellness an indicator of responsible business?”

Mirror mirror on the wall, is responsible leadership the fairest of them all?

By Professor Kiran Trehan, Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development, Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business Associate Department of Management, University of Birmingham Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world – Nelson Mandela The notion of ‘responsible leadership’ as a motto for various policies seems to be ever present … Continue reading “Mirror mirror on the wall, is responsible leadership the fairest of them all?”