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Dr George Lodorfos
Leeds Business School
Technology, society and the fourth industrial revolution Prof Jamie Morgan [April 2018]
At a recent Leeds Beckett Innovation Network event, Dr Jamie Morgan, Professor of Economic Sociology, spoke about the opportunities – and challenges – of the rise of Artificial Intelligence. In this post on the University's Expert Opinion blog, he considers the impact of the forthcoming ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. [Read More]
Secular stagnation and imbalances in the Eurozone: a new response is needed Dr Muhammad Ali Nasir (April 2018)
The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008, and succeeding sovereign debt crisis, is still making its impact felt in Europe in the form of sluggish growth and high unemployment, particularly at the periphery. Despite apparently buoyant and benign growth in 2017 and the glittering figure of 0.6% in the 3rd quarter of 2017, output is still well below the long-term trend.
The ‘verbal or qualitative easing' of ‘whatever it takes' by Mario Draghi, the flirtation of the European Central Bank (ECB) with negative interest rates, generosity towards Eurozone banks which received have more than €1tn of liquidity via Long Term Refinancing Operations, and the buying of over €2tn of government and corporate bonds in a programme which accumulates another €60bn every month, had some effects in terms of sovereign debt yield, particularly for Italy and Spain. This was a prima facie manifestation of Bindseil and Winkler’s argument that “while the economic rationale of monetary financing prohibitions is clear, they might under some circumstances contribute to the unfolding of a confidence crisis.” [Read More]
Fact or fiction: Re-writing the text on gender inequalities in communication management Prof Ángeles Moreno and Prof Ralph Tench [Mar 2018]
During our twelve years of studying the annual status of the profession through the European Communication Monitor and the Latin American Communication Monitor, we have also painted a picture of the gender issues in public relations and communication management practice.
Firstly, the feminization of the profession is verified with 59.6 percent of women versus 40.4 percent men in European communication roles and 66.6 percent versus 33.4 percent in Latin America in the samples from 2017. Despite the clear acknowledgement that communication is a profession predominantly occupied by a majority of women, the glass ceiling and transparent salary gap between the genders continues to be highly evident. Women also have less probabilities of holding managerial positions. [Read More]
Colonizing the future: The productivity puzzle, March of the Robots, and anxiety versus optimism Professor Jamie Morgan [Feb 2018]The UK has been grappling with a “productivity puzzle”. For the government and Office for National Statistics (ONS) this is something specific. It is the slowdown (described as a downward deviation) of output per hour from its previous upward trend. This began with the financial and economic crisis of 2008, but has since become a “flatlining” where employment has recovered, economic growth has occurred, but some ingredient seems to have been missing, which would allow more to be produced with similar values of resources in the same number of hours. [Read More]
The productivity puzzle: A case for integrated thinking in the professions Dr Iwi Ugiagbe-Green [Feb 2018]As we move through the 21st Century, much of our activity as workers and professionals leads towards the production of economic output and the generation of wealth that are the signs of a prosperous society. Our inputs (and other resources such as land, materials and technology) that lead to the creation of wealth are organised and managed in organisations across the globe. However, the performance of such organisations, particularly in the UK, are often the subject of much economic debate (see for example the Chief Economist of the Bank Of England) in terms of the extent to which they innovate, efficiently allocate resources, and use them to improve productivity. [Read More]
Productivity: Strictly not just the bottom line Dr Ollie Jones [Jan 2018]Politicians, commentators and economists have been vexed about productivity in the UK for some time. This has been referred to as the 'productivity gap', that is, the difference in productivity between the UK and a range of comparable economies, such as the G8, or the ‘productivity puzzle’, the change from 2008 onwards where productivity has flatlined in contrast to the historic upward trend. There is also debate and discussion about the productivity differential between differing regions in the UK, including the Leeds and Yorkshire region, in relation to London. Finally, there is data that suggests that productivity is neither evenly nor normally distributed across the economy with a long tail of low productivity firms, particularly smaller SMEs, sometimes being referred to - unkindly perhaps - as ‘zombie firms’. [Read more]
Leeds Beckett KTP labelled a success leedsbeckett.ac.uk [Nov 2017]
Leeds Beckett University has secured a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Bradford-based business, The Label Makers Ltd. The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses in the UK to innovate and grow. It does this by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate.
The two-year agreement will draw on expertise from the University’s Business School and School of Computing, Creative Technologies and Engineering and focus on data analytics and process improvement within a printing environment. [Read More]
How could this have happened? Prof Simon Robinson (Nov 2017)
As I write this question is ricocheting around Hollywood, post-Weinstein, and even the Houses of Parliament, leading in the first instance to Michael Fallon’s resignation. It is of course déjà vu. In the last decade the same cries went up after all the major governance crises - from the BBC and Jimmy Savile to the Catholic Church; from Parliament to the Mid Staffs Hospital Trust.
I want to suggest that the question is naïve. These things happened precisely because we, and by that I mean leadership and ordinary members of the organization, were not looking. [Read More]