Business Schools: Fit for the Future? [June 2017]
For three days in May, we were delighted to welcome senior representatives from business schools in 17 countries across the globe to the 2017 Annual Conference of the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS) hosted at the Rose Bowl. Dr George Lodorfos, Dean of the Business School, praised the value of NIBS: “It is great to be part of a network of business schools with so many shared views and values." He noted that two key themes of the conference, internationalisation of curriculum and development of strong global engagement strategies, would help to open new opportunities for cooperation and partnerships for the School. [Read More]
Supporting small business growth [Aug 2017]Young businesses that want to grow are being offered funded business support and expertise by Leeds Beckett University through an innovative business programme. The European Regional Development Fund AD:VENTURE programme, is a partnership of Leeds City Region councils, chambers, universities and private sector organisations, that aims to boost growth and job opportunities in the early years of business. [Read More]
Small Family Businesses: a key to economic resilience and sustainability Dr Brian Jones (June 2017)A report published earlier this year by the Institute for Family Businesses highlights the importance of family busineses to the UK economy. There are over 4.5 million of them in the UK, employing over 12 million people and contributing £460 billion to the UK’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The importance of family businesses is clear, and at a time of great change – the Brexit negotiations, new government policy and increased global uncertainty – understanding the leadership and management challenges this brings to family businesses is a critical area for research and policy. [Read More]
The Impact of Brexit on UK Businesses Dr Aftab Dean (June 2017)It is over a year since the referendum vote signalled the start of Brexit, and in that time UK businesses have experienced mixed fortunes. Those companies that have a global presence have benefited from the fall in the pound, which has resulted in higher revenues being generated when the currency is converted back to sterling. On the other hand, those companies which purchase many of their raw materials overseas have seen significant increases in costs. [Read More]
Brics and Brexit: Opportunities for the Northern Powerhouse Professor John Shutt (May 2017)
It is commonplace now to argue that a new world order is developing where Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC) are major players in the global economy. BREXIT and all the complex negotiations ahead mean that inevitably there will be a new and stronger focus on relationships and new trade agreements with these countries along with the United States, Australia, Canada and New Zealand...
Transformative technologies and their application within financial services Dr David Devins (May 2017)
At a recent guest lecture in the Rose Bowl, Chris Sier, Envoy of the Northern Powerhouse, provided a wake-up call to organisations operating in the Financial Services sector. He drew attention to the Tech Nation 2017 report charting the UKs digital landscape and providing analysis of Britain’s digital economy and clusters...
Realising the Potential of the indie food and drink sector in Leeds Anderson Lima (May 2017)
A short walk around Leeds city centre would suffice to show new visitors to the city how vibrant and diverse our food and drink high street is. From large household names, fast-food giants to small independent coffee houses in Victorian arcades, at any time of the day or evening, our restaurants, cafes, street food vans, bars and pubs will be bustling with people, activity and life.
Global Trade: The world may be Britain's oyster, But does it contain a pearl? Dr Jamie Morgan & Dr Silke Trommer (April 2017)
A great deal has been written about Brexit, including in a special issue of the journal Globalizations edited by Professor Heikki Patomäki and Jamie Morgan. These analyses are developed and extended in the forthcoming Routledge edited collection on Brexit, which includes work by Silke Trommer. Brexit continues to be a source of significant concern across all aspects of society and the economy. Despite continuous media focus on the subject since the original referendum was called over a year ago, the general population are only now becoming, or being made, genuinely aware of how complicated the process of exiting the EU is... [Read More]
Integrated Reporting - A Pathway to Rebuilding Trust in Business Dr Fiona Robertson (April 2017)
Society’s trust in key institutions — business, government, NGOs, and media - has reached crisis point, according to a survey by the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer of over 33,000 respondents in 28 countries. This has primarily been driven by a lack of faith in the capital system that fails to address societal and economic concerns, including globalization, the pace of innovation and eroding social values. In particular, the globalisation of businesses has allowed companies to exploit cheap labour in developing countries, abuse natural resources and cause serious consequences for the natural environment and human health through pollution... [Read More]
University of Redlands - California live International Consultancy Project (LICP) at Rotork, Leeds Professor Mike Brown (April 2017)
For the second year running the University of Redlands in Southern California has sent a group of their top Executive MBA final year students to complete their final consultancy programme here at Leeds Business School. The American blue-chip University has a series of satellite campus based around Southern California from San Diego to Palm Springs and from Hollywood to Temecula... [Read More]
Excellent, moi? Professor Ralph Tench (April 2017)
What constitutes excellence in strategic communication? This is a question we are often asked by business partners in the region. Managers are frequently interested to know what their peers are doing in terms of organisational communication and more importantly what are the high performing organisations and departments doing that makes their company, organisation or brand stand out. This is of course not only interesting to business in the region but also a challenge faced by academics and practitioners of strategic communication for decades around the world... [Read More]
What has Business got to do with Politics? Professor Simon Robinson (April 2017)
What has business got to do with politics? Go to a business school and you might be hard pressed find any answer. Yet business has everything to do with politics; regulation, taxes, opportunities for enterprise; government investment in business and infrastructure; lobbying; corruption; the nature and purpose of business, and so on. The arrival of President. Trump on the scene makes it even more interesting. Now we have a business man leading the free world. Wolin, Hedges and others have argued that what has led to this, certainly in the US, is the ‘incorporation’ of democracy. Business behind the scenes has dominated politics, through intense lobbying, leading to a form of an ‘inverted totalitarianism’, not based in ideology but rather in materialism. [Read More]