Monthly Archives: April 2016

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    How Brexit will reduce foreign investment in the UK….and why it matters

How Brexit will reduce foreign investment in the UK….and why it matters

Foreign investors love Britain…

Foreign direct investment (FDI) comprises investments from outside a country to set up new establishments, expand existing establishments or purchase local companies.

According to UK Trade and Investment (UKTI, 2015), the UK has an estimated stock of over £1 trillion of FDI, about half of which is from the European Union (EU). Only the United States and […]

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    Microtask crowdsourcing can both empower and marginalise workers

Microtask crowdsourcing can both empower and marginalise workers

As a society we have reached a point of social consciousness where the debate regarding the impacts of the Internet-based ‘gig’ or on-demand economy, commonly known as crowdsourcing (CS), is taking centre stage. One such debate concerns the need for new regulations and policies relating to the growing crowd worker population who engage in work on or through Internet-based […]

How should private equity firms compensate their CEOs?

The connection between executive compensation schemes and performance was brought into sharp focus again in November 2015 after Deutsche Bank’s co-Chief Executive John Cryan stated that bonuses do not encourage banking executives to work harder. He specified that bankers shouldn’t be rewarded as entrepreneurs, highlighting the underlying belief that bonuses may not drive the behaviours they are intended to […]

Blockchain will usher in the era of decentralised computing

By now, you’ve heard of blockchain, the technology that underlies Bitcoin. Blockchains are a type of decentralisation technology that will fundamentally change the way our financial services, industries and government operate.

Simply put, decentralisation technology allows assets to be stored in a network of computers accessed via the Internet. An asset can be a gaming token, a concert ticket, an […]

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    The OECD and the lost battle to impose sanctions on tax havens

The OECD and the lost battle to impose sanctions on tax havens

David Cameron, the European Commission and the OECD have all promised to get tough on tax avoidance in response to the Panama Papers leak. Any measures they take will be part of an international political process begun almost 20 years ago at the OECD, the organisation charged by the G8 and more recently the G20 to develop international standards […]

Adult education can substantially improve careers

Precarious employment is a core concern in modern societies and an increasing trend worldwide. It is increasing among all occupational levels, including the traditionally protected, skilled and often highly unionised workforces of large firms. Is this a path of no return? Previous analyses have focused on the social structure to answer this question, and researchers have been devoted to […]

Middle managers play an essential role in executing change

There is much talk about change and how managers must communicate to ensure it occurs smoothly. However, seldom does advice for managing change go beyond language of change; the ways to explain the proposed change and persuade workers of its importance and guide them as they ‘get on board’. This advice rarely looks at the non-verbal tools that managers can […]

How can social enterprises achieve large scale impact?

How and why do some impact-orientated projects scale, while others fail? Over the last eight years, much of our research at the LSE’s Innovation and Co-Creation Lab has focused on the question of how sustainable organisational models for large-scale impact can be developed.

RLabs: from idea to scale

One of the organisations that we have accompanied on their path to growth […]

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    Startups working with venture capital firms perform the best

Startups working with venture capital firms perform the best

It’s a familiar idea that venture capitalists, or VCs, are the “money of invention” and fund firms with high growth potential, helping bring their products to market. However, entrepreneurs have many options when considering funding. There are corporate venture capitalists (CVC), which typically work within a larger corporate structure and seek to acquire innovative startups that would blend well […]

Broadcasting gives women visibility but not equality

The creative industries promise career opportunities for all: If you are creative, innovative, a good communicator, an ideas person and keen to join in a networked community of knowledge workers, you can make it here, allegedly. Because creativity, innovation and ideas know no race, class or gender, traditional social inequalities are not a problem.

Over the last few decades this […]

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    The UK government’s Local Enterprise Growth Initiative didn’t work

The UK government’s Local Enterprise Growth Initiative didn’t work

Businesses operating in poorer areas often receive direct, or indirect, support from government. Such support, it is hoped, will encourage entrepreneurship, increase employment and may, even, ‘turn around’ struggling areas. This support to business is often part of a wider package of measures meaning that governments around the world target large amounts of money at areas experiencing high unemployment […]

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    Currency Politics: The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy – Book Review

Currency Politics: The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy – Book Review

Currency Politics: The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy. Jeffry A. Frieden. Princeton University Press. 2016.

Currency Politics: The Political Economy of Exchange Rate Policy makes a considered and compelling case for the relevance of political economy to explaining currency policy. Monetary economics, which deals with money supply and the choice of exchange rate policy, is typically dominated by analysis […]

India is getting a raw deal on the EU-India Trade Agreement

As India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed to Brussels on 30 March for the EU-India summit, the speculations were that the meeting would renew the talks on the stalled EU-India broad-based trade and investment agreement (BTIA). The European Union is India’s biggest trade and investment partner, and the trade agreement can in principle be a great boost to the Indian economy. But […]

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    Without a definition of corporate sustainability, how to measure performance?

Without a definition of corporate sustainability, how to measure performance?

BMW is the world’s most sustainable corporation. This is according to the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World index released by Corporate Knights at this year’s World Economic Forum. Last year’s most sustainable corporation, Biogen, was ranked 30th this year. These companies have clearly performed well on a rigorous set of environmental and social criteria, but are […]

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    As a legacy of the Olympics, London grows its corps of volunteers

As a legacy of the Olympics, London grows its corps of volunteers

The London Olympics in 2012 were so successful in large part due to the tremendous efforts of the 70,000 volunteers that helped the event run smoothly. Just as it was hoped that the Games would create a sporting legacy, Mayor Boris Johnson also hoped that a legacy of volunteering would emerge.

To help achieve this he created Team London to […]

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Rude interviewers discourage people from looking for a job

“I had an interview … She was very rude to me as well as [to] others. After I left the facility I had no faith that my application would even be passed on to an employer or that it would even make it out of her office”

Experiences of incivility, defined as rude and discourteous behaviour with an ambiguous intent to harm, are […]

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    Conversion of open workspace to housing threatens London’s entrepreneurs

Conversion of open workspace to housing threatens London’s entrepreneurs

Open workspaces have grown in the last five years as a solution to the problem of workplace costs spiralling higher than smaller tenants can afford. They include artists’ studios, makerspaces, incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces. London was recently reconfirmed as the most expensive city in the world to live and work; the combined cost of living and working space […]

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    When employees are ostracised, the whole organisation suffers

When employees are ostracised, the whole organisation suffers

Being ignored or excluded by colleagues or supervisors is always uncomfortable for an employee as it gives rise to feelings of anger, depression and unworthiness. When it occurs, it is usually regarded as an employee’s social problem. The thinking is that those who are ostracised must have done something wrong, so they should figure out why they are not […]

Is flirtation an effective negotiation tactic?

When I teach negotiation skills, my students and I explore a variety of strategies for reaching agreement, but we almost never mention flirtation. This may be because there is very little research on flirtation as a negotiation tactic – but it may also be because, as we found in one of our surveys, negotiation students do not consider flirtation […]

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    How corporate governance moved to the forefront of management

How corporate governance moved to the forefront of management

While the term “corporate governance” is now used universally when managerial accountability in publicly traded companies is under consideration, the term was largely unknown until the 1970s. In a recent paper, I explain how and why corporate governance moved to the forefront in the manner it did in the United States, the country where the term first came to […]