Primark’s recipe for success has become its Achilles heel

By  Dr Emma Gardner Department of Strategy and International Business, University of Birmingham   With over 370 stores in 12 countries, Primark has secured its position as a leading fashion retailer… Recent years have been tumultuous for the British high street. Numerous firms, such as New Look, Oasis and Warehouse have entered into administration, while … Continue reading “Primark’s recipe for success has become its Achilles heel”

COVID-19: Where to go for reliable and accurate data

By Dr Agnieszka Chidlow The Department of Strategy and International Business As strict lockdown measures are being put in place in countries around the world to minimise the spread and impact of COVID-19 on both health and economic systems, we all closely monitor, compare and contrast the data around the number of deaths, as well as … Continue reading “COVID-19: Where to go for reliable and accurate data”

Social Distancing: People are the Problem

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and  International Business, University of Birmingham I spent last weekend engaged in voluntary work in a churchyard. This location makes one reflect on the past, the future and Covid-19. From the churchyard, I observed human behaviour in adjacent streets, which I found troubling. I saw three types of … Continue reading “Social Distancing: People are the Problem”

The Challenge of Governance during a National Emergency

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and  International Business, University of Birmingham Who would want to be Boris Johnson, Chris Whitty or Sir Patrick Vallance? Who would want to take responsibility for the decisions that must be taken during these unprecedented times? These decisions must be taken rapidly and with partial information. It is … Continue reading “The Challenge of Governance during a National Emergency”

Covid-19 and the Economic Impact

By Professor John Bryson Department of Strategy and  International Business, University of Birmingham The current mantra is that we are living in interesting or even crazy times in which everyday living is being turned upside down. During this time a handshake or a cough could result in illness, or even death, and widespread transmission of … Continue reading “Covid-19 and the Economic Impact”