Here are a few examples of our work that demonstrate research excellence and societal benefit.
Three things we can all learn from people who don’t use Smartphones or Social Media
Many of us spend hours every day tethered to our devices, pawing at the screen to see if it will deliver a few more likes or emails, monitoring the world and honing our online presence. Social networking platforms such as Whatsapp, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are supposed to make us feel more connected. Yet our reliance on technology to “see” the social world around us can be a heavy burden.
Power and accountability in British business - Rebuilding trust and values
Business is a profoundly important institution in our lives that provides an enormous contribution to economic prosperity and the growth of nations around the world.
Bad boss? You may be making things better - or worse
Bad leaders are not solely to blame for bad outcomes – their followers can make it worse. On the flipside, followers and leaders can buffer undesirable effects on organisational functioning.
Millennials want businesses to be more socially responsible – How can investors help?
Whether it is climate change, gender inequality, poverty or environmental issues – young people, millennials, in particular, are more concerned with these matters and tackling them compared to previous generations. In fact, the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Shaper Survey, which retrieved answers from 31,000 millennials across 186 different countries, found that young people considered climate change to be the world’s most serious issue which needed addressing, ahead of government corruption, large conflicts/ wars, lack of infrastructure and so on.
Asleep at the wheel: The UK equity release industry is sitting on a big problem
Most UK equity release mortgages involve a no-negative equity guarantee by which the lender guarantees that the borrower or their estate will never need to pay back more than the value of their house when the loan is repaid.
AI and big data analytics in the accounting profession
The dramatic events taking place in the 21st century – since the Enron scandal in 2001, through the financial crisis in 2008 and the recent accounting and audit scandals have put an increasing level of pressure on businesses to rebuild the public’s trust in their practices.
The language of leadership - Does it reinforce the advantages enjoyed by the people in charge?
Around the late 1970s, something momentous started to happen across the Western world.
Boundaryless careers - Does your career break boundaries?
The boundaryless career characterises modern employment and professional development. In today’s increasingly globalised economy, rapid technological advancements have prompted significant organisational restructures which, in turn, have resulted in a more fluid approach to working life and career progression
All Aboard! The key to successful organisational change lies in stakeholder engagement
Organisations across the globe are operating in a changing landscape. As the rate of change gets faster, the disruption caused is dramatically reshaping how they function, putting increased pressure on business leaders to ensure their businesses and people can be just as flexible.
Dr Who and the Brexiteers
It is January 1972. A UK television audience of around 11 million sits enthralled as a battered London police box materialises on the stormy planet of Peladon, where a motley collection of aliens from across the galaxy are gathered to ratify the planet’s entry into the Galactic Federation.
Leading globally in the age of disruption and disintegration
Right now, there are two forces at play contributing to some of the most uncertain and ambiguous conditions at any time in our modern history: disruption and disintegration.
Leadership and entrepreneurship in a turbulent world
Over the last few years we have seen different types of crises around the world.
What can we learn from Donald Trump?
What do you do when social media becomes a platform for gloating, hate speech and an environment for the ‘influencer’?
'No Deal' Brexit how bad is it likely to be?
In the event of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit, the impact on the UK economy in the short run is likely to be extremely large.
Why it's better to work together
In our political spheres, issues like Brexit pose significant challenges to how the UK continues to impact upon and work with countries not just in the EU but across the world.
Virtue at work
Ethics for individuals, Managers and Organisations. What’s the problem with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)? Conceived originally as ways in which businesses could help to resolve social problems, some of which they themselves might have caused, it has increasingly become strategic in nature.
Innocent entertainment or a negative introduction to work?
How much could Disney’s portrayals of work be impacting your children’s perspectives and future choices? From Pinocchio and Cinderella to today’s Frozen and Moana, Disney films are familiar to us all. Children welcome characters into their minds and lives from a very young age, soaking up the characters’ experiences.
What does the future hold?
Following on from her article in June 2017’s edition of IMPACT, Professor Carol Adams’ research explores how companies can align their corporate strategies to better meet the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and provides a simple five-step approach for companies to follow.
Doing business the 'Insta' way
Eight years ago, the once upon a time humdrum photo sharing application Instagram paved the way for a future generation of commercial potential in what is now called the ‘Insta-economy’. The Instagram economy is defined by the earning potential of brands and users who have ‘influence’, as both individuals and brands are realising the earning potential can be significantly increased when promoting commercial content.
Back to Brexit
How can we lead on sustainability in a time of change? A spanner in the works or a massive opportunity?
Are Brexit 'lies', lies?
Deception carries a huge premium in political campaigns. The stakes are very high and afterwards, it is often too late to do anything.
Have businesses turned into a “Me! Me! Me!” world of narcissism? Current developments in society have stimulated increasing public interest in this topic, especially in relation to leadership. According to statistics, narcissism is particularly prevalent in younger adults today, also described as the “Generation Me”. So, we really need to know more about how narcissism affects business thinking.
Did you forget something?
It seems many of us are ‘abandoning our shopping carts.’ The issue is growing, and is faced by an increasing number of retailers across all sectors.
Impacting international marketing strategies for Brazilian SMEs
A School research team has been working with five Brazilian SMEs in their efforts to enter new markets and thereafter sustain competitive advantages.
Integrated thinking informs sustainable development
Conceptualising the contemporary corporate value creation process.
Take me to your leader/manager
Out-of-fashion terminology doesn't necessarily equal out-dated concepts.
Social connections, reference point and acquisition premium
A study that has attempted to quantify the old saying: It’s not what you know but who you know, by analysing social connections in mergers and acquisitions so as to evaluate the importance of social connections.
Entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial intention: Do female students benefit?
In this study, Westhead and Solesvik explore what they term the “relatively neglected view” that entrepreneurship education does not benefit female students as much as male.
A quarter century effort yet to come of age: A survey of power sector reforms in developing countries
A report that investigates whether the gloal power sector reforms of the 1990s delivered the expected outcome of the availability of cheaper and more accessible energy.
The productivity effects of multiple pay incentives
Recent theoretical papers suggest that multiple incentives (involving both individual and group benefits) might prove more efficient than single ones. This paper tests the theory.
‘Gimme Shelter’: experiencing pleasurable escape through the musicalisation of running
A study to investigate the role music might play to ease or improve the running experience.
Supply chain integration configuration: Process structure and product newness
Christos Tsinopoulos and Heather McDougall set out to use existing survey data to look in detail at how supply chains are integrated and configured.
Short-run and long-run dynamics of home price tiers
Following the 2007-08 housing bust the premise that homes are always a good investment is now shattered. Researchers from the University of Texas-Pan American and Durham University Business School compared the recent market boom and bust with previous run-ups and downturns in the housing market.
Stock market literacy, trust, and participation
This study looks at why some households invest in stocks and shares while others do not? Possible theories explaining non-participation include levels of optimism, the IQ of the investors (or non-investors), their political leanings and level of education.
Exploring the role of innovativeness and opinion leadership in diffusion
There has been much academic debate over the relationship between diffusion, innovation and opinion leadership. This research by Kiran Fernandes and Xiaohui Shi models the relationship between the three.