Monthly Archives: May 2016

Regular exercise makes us better decision-makers

It is well established that regular exercise is good for your physical and mental health. Exercise improves brain functioning and slows down age-related decline in cognitive abilities, such as memory and thinking skills.

It is not surprising that promoting physical activity in the workplace has become a trend in the corporate world lately. US businesses now spend about $6 billion […]

Can businesses police the behaviour of global suppliers?

A group of activists wanted to shine a spotlight on the opaque supply chain that provides raw materials for cellphones. What they discovered was just how difficult that can be.

The supply chain for consumer electronics is one of the least transparent in the world. Each cellphone chip comes from a different supplier, and the raw materials that go into […]

Our 10 most popular articles on workplace issues

 
10. The workplace bully is not always a lone wolf
By Patricia A. Meglich and Andra Gumbus

 

 

 
9. Too much to do, too little time? Mental contrasting can help you choose what’s really important
By Heather Kappes

 

 
8. What neuroscience can(not) bring to the world of business
By Dirk Lindebaum

 

 

 
7. Workplaces are moving from facilities management to hospitality design
By Jonathan Openshaw

 

 

 
6. Men are targets of sexual harassment at work […]

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The Truth About Inflation – Book Review

The Truth About Inflation. Paul Donovan. Routledge. 2015.

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Prices are constantly in flux. Whether it is the creeping increase in the price of cereal or the seesaw housing market, price dynamics are powerful and often misunderstood. Inflation is a topic that is riddled with misperceptions, even amongst the most savvy of investors. In The Truth About Inflation, Paul […]

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    Don’t blame the EU for the troubles of the fishing industry in the UK

Don’t blame the EU for the troubles of the fishing industry in the UK

It is indisputable that many ports and coastal communities around the UK have lost many of the boats and fishers that contributed so much to their coastal character. So where did all the fishers go? And what is the right policy response?

Any analysis of UK fisheries needs to begin with a history of overfishing because its legacy, and our […]

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    How do ‘Economists for Brexit’ manage to defy the laws of gravity?

How do ‘Economists for Brexit’ manage to defy the laws of gravity?

The possibility of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) has generated an unusual degree of consensus among economists. Acrimony and rancour surrounded debates around austerity and joining the euro, but analysis from the Bank of England to the OECD to academia has all concluded that Brexit would make us economically worse off. The disagreement is mainly over the […]

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    Management transforms not only businesses, but everyday aspects of our lives

Management transforms not only businesses, but everyday aspects of our lives

Management is a tricky, pervasive word today. Everybody manages something: a budget, a house, a family, a team, a car… Beyond the omnipresence of management as a discourse and buzzword, what is less obvious is the growing transformative effect of management (as a practice) on our everyday lives. Management transforms deep dimensions of our sense of togetherness and even […]

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    Flock leadership helps teams achieve the firm’s innovation goals

Flock leadership helps teams achieve the firm’s innovation goals

Imagine two work teams. Team A pursues continuous innovation; it aims to do better tomorrow what it did well yesterday. Team B pursues discontinuous innovation; it seeks a tomorrow in which it sees and does things in fundamentally novel ways. How do you lead Team A and Team B? What leadership challenges are common to both contexts? What distinguishes […]

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    Corporations need to avoid the ethical blindspots of volunteerism

Corporations need to avoid the ethical blindspots of volunteerism

Employee volunteer programs supporting corporate social responsibility/sustainability (CSR/S) goals demonstrate authentic commitment and provide a platform for other benefits, as well. Organizations may involve employees as community caretakers and loan executives to nonprofits. CSR/S-linked volunteer programs have the potential to attract and retain employees and to enhance their job satisfaction. Moreover, corporations gain positive publicity when news and social […]

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    Everyone loses when the values of employees clash with those of the firm

Everyone loses when the values of employees clash with those of the firm

In academic circles “value incongruence” is defined as the difference between an individual’s personal value hierarchy and the perceived value hierarchy of an organisation.

More simply, the term is used to describe instances where an employee’s values are at odds with those of the organisation they work for, resulting in developing negative attitudes towards their role, their organisation and themselves.

The […]

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    Private sector management practices don’t work in welfare services

Private sector management practices don’t work in welfare services

A central focus of the neoliberal ideology that dominates politics today is the privatization and marketization of the welfare state. Where public agencies have been spared from outsourcing or privatisation, they are increasingly subject to private sector management principles and practices, adopted under the banner of reducing public sector costs, increasing public sector accountability and improving service quality.

The two […]

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    Behavioural economics challenges traditional view of “homo economicus”

Behavioural economics challenges traditional view of “homo economicus”

Once, behavioural economics was a fledgling challenge to traditional theories. Not any longer; it has matured into a growing field that tries to understand how psychology affects economic decisions.

The tension between traditional and behavioural economics is centred on a fundamental issue of human behaviour. Economists have long built their discipline around a view of humans as rational actors who […]

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    The referendum is not the only thing that matters to British business

The referendum is not the only thing that matters to British business

For a few months now, all eyes in Westminster have been trained on the EU referendum. To the exclusion of almost everything else, talk has focused on what may happen when the British people make their historic choice to Remain or Leave on 23 June.

I have a very hard time dealing with the so-called ‘facts’ bandied about by both sides. […]

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    Automation should complement professional expertise, not replace it

Automation should complement professional expertise, not replace it

Will your next doctor be an app? A cost-cutting NHS wants more patients to act as “self-carers,” with some technologized assistance. A series of flowcharts and phone trees might tell parents whose children have chicken pox how best to care for them—no visits to surgeries required.  Or a mole-checking app might tell a worrywart when a given skin discoloration […]

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    Just Work? Migrant Workers’ Struggles Today – Book Review

Just Work? Migrant Workers’ Struggles Today – Book Review

Just Work? Migrant Workers’ Struggles Today. Aziz Choudry and Mondli Hlatshwayo (eds). Pluto Press. 2015.

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The pressures of economic meltdown in 2008, exacerbated by a refugee crisis of historic proportions, may be slowly undoing the human rights consensus so painstakingly constructed since the end of the Second World War. With diminishing protection from international and domestic law, the […]

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    The financial crisis affected EU regions and cities differently

The financial crisis affected EU regions and cities differently

What regional variations have there been in the recovery from the financial crisis across Europe? In a recent study, we have mapped the impact of the crisis across 27 EU member states using key regional performance indicators. In doing so we explore the potential links between post-crisis economic performance, and pre-crisis economic factors that may have exacerbated or mitigated […]

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    The idea of robots as independent machines is science fiction

The idea of robots as independent machines is science fiction

Robots and intelligent systems have gained a significant amount of attention recently. Various authors and reports detail advances in robotics and artificial intelligence and speculate on the role of humans in the robotic future. In such commentaries, robots are often presented as independent and tireless machines that are rational and efficient; they are removed from their creators and contexts […]

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    Ghana races to the ballot with increased concern over the economy

Ghana races to the ballot with increased concern over the economy

On 21 January 2016, the International Monetary Fund approved disbursement of a USD 114 Million loan to Ghana. It was the third such effort in the recent past to align the economy’s sails towards greater stability. Even though this played a pivotal role in defusing a pervasive sense of crisis, investors have grown wary of the woes bedevilling what was, […]

When employees lack ‘soft skills’, whose fault is it?

Skills gaps and the ‘blame game’

Skills deficits have been reported as a problem across a number of developed economies including the UK and US. Employers report problems filling vacancies because applicants lack the required skills (shortages) and/or that current workers lack proficiency (gaps). The 2013 UK Employers Skills Survey revealed that almost four times as many establishments were affected […]

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    Having a voice in team decisions may not be a good idea for neurotic employees

Having a voice in team decisions may not be a good idea for neurotic employees

Being involved in decisions regarding one’s organisation has many benefits for both the employees and the organisation. Among these: stress reduction, improved motivation, higher quality of decisions… However, little is known on the consequences of such participation in the decision-making process within teams. Indeed, in the modern workplace, teamwork in flat organisations has become increasingly frequent. Interactions between co-workers […]