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Knowledge Exchange Events

Our knowledge exchange events bring together academic staff, users of research and wider groups and communities to exchange ideas, evidence and expertise. They provide an opportunity to showcase research and to discuss the implications for the economy, society, businesses and citizens. The events range from those offered to members of our research and enterprise centres and those open to the general public such as our Leeds Business School Guest Speaker Series.

Blog posts

Business Schools: Fit for the Future? Dr George Lodorfos (June 2017)

Nibs LogoDr George LodorfosFor 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]

Small Family Businesses: a key to economic resilience and sustainability Dr Brian Jones [June 2017]

JonesA 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]

Transformative technologies and their application within financial services Dr David Devins (May 2017)

David DevinsAt 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...
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Upcoming Knowledge Exchange Events

Design Product Futures Conference Right Arrow Icon

9 April 2018

A series of talks by Product Designers at various stages of their careers. An afternoon of insights into individual career paths to help our students consider their own professional futures. Also an opportunity to network with industry friends of the course.

Students from all courses, staff and industry visitors all welcome.

For a ticket invite please email Lauren Moriarty at L.R.Moriarty@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Seminar: Prof Mervyn King SC "On Human Rights and Good Corporate Citizenry"
Seminar: Prof Mervyn King SC "On Human Rights and Good Corporate Citizenry" Right Arrow Icon

11 April 2018, 12.30-14.30

Professor Mervyn King SC, President of the Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility, will give a seminar on topic of human rights and corporate citizenry to be followed by discussion. This is a rare opportunity to hear Prof King speak in the UK in an informal setting and is not to be missed.

"A company’s ability to create value for itself depends on its ability to create value for others. A good corporate citizen develops a business model which takes account of the connectivity and interdependencies between a range of factors that affect a company’s ability to create value over time. Included is the impact which its business model has on the economy, society, the environment and the rights which are inherent to all human beings."

Professor King is one of the world's foremost authorities on corporate governance, reporting and sustainability and the Chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, which produced the landmark reports known as King I, II and III,and IV. He is a Senior Counsel and former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa, Chairman of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Chairman Emeritus of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and former chair of the United Nations Committee on Governance and Oversight.

Prof Mark Rhodes: "How Little We Know About What We Design"
Prof Mark Rhodes: "How Little We Know About What We Design" Right Arrow Icon

18 April 2018

17.30-19.00, Rose Bowl

Professor Mark Rhodes gives his professorial inaugural lecture on financial markets, efficiency and ethics.

"We design financial instruments, together with the markets where they are traded, but the interaction of these markets and the participants within them often becomes very complex. The ease and costs of trading, competition between markets and the secondary effects of market activity can have consequences that were not imagined when financial products and exchanges were first designed. Does this diminish the real-world value of some financial markets? What determines whether they perform their function well? Are there conditions or circumstances where financial markets can be an active force for good?

This lecture will explore how some of these markets function, how financial exchanges might compete or interact and whether we have a sufficiently developed understanding of the costs of using them. The talk will progress to consider how financial markets could support environmental or social objectives and the work that might still be needed to improve their value in this role. Concluding that in better understanding the costs and risks of financial markets we can make more informed judgements about design and regulation and serve the interests of wider society."

LBS Seminar Series: "Communication Research: Methodology and Practice"

25 April 2018

16.00-17.30, Rose Bowl 210

The fourth in the Leeds Business School seminar series will take place on Wednesday 25 April from 16.00-17.30 in Rose Bowl 210. This month we are delighted to have two speakers presenting very different insights into current communication research: Prof Ralph Tench (LBS Director of Research) firstly looking at “Comparative Research: Challenges and Opportunities”, and Dr Steve McKevitt (Visiting Professor) presenting a focussed discussion on the use of ‘emotion-into-action’ brand communication in political campaigns with the title “We want our country back … Let’s take back control.”

Prof Tench will discuss an area of interest and importance for many – that is working on collaborative research projects, many of which attract high impact and also are a source of research funding.  His talk will be based on experience from managing different transnational research projects including one longitudinal externally funded collaborative project that is in its 13th year of private sector support and delivery, the European Communication Monitor.  He will discuss some of the conceptual, methodological, epistemological and practical challenges in running comparative and international research projects.

Dr McKevitt will discuss the use of emotion-into-action brand communication in democratic political campaigns. Political campaigns of recent years in the UK and USA have applied ‘emotion-into-action’ communication strategies with great success. The ‘emotion into action’ model emerged during the 1980s and 1990s. Prior to that time, almost all brand communication – from product launches to political campaigns – was underpinned by a rational appeal or ‘message-into-action’, based on the principles of classical economics. Despite its comparatively brief history, this ‘Emotion into Action’ model has had a profound impact on society in advanced capitalist economies which have become essentially consumer focused as a consequence. Just as it did in the consumer space, emotional appeals are capable of overpowering traditional forms of evidence-based communication, presenting significant challenges to the notion that political arguments can be won through reasoned debates and the creation of defensible positions.

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