Monthly Archives: May 2016

How to cope with Brexit: an employers’ guide

We asked employers in low skilled sectors what free movement means to them and what they would do if the supply of migrants dried up as a result of Brexit. Such is the dependence of some employers on EU migrants that one brewery and hotel manager said he would simply ‘panic’. But most level-headed employers see a range of […]

Why whine about wining and dining?

Annual US expenditures on business entertainment likely exceed $40 billion. Such “wining and dining” is often viewed with suspicion, as a way for one entity to influence another’s decision makers improperly. Indeed, such concerns often lead governments and other organisations to limit what kinds of meals and other gifts employees can receive (consider, e.g., 5 Code of Federal Regulations […]

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    Shareholders’ votes on CEO pay focus mostly on top-line figures

Shareholders’ votes on CEO pay focus mostly on top-line figures

We examine the impact of enhanced executive remuneration disclosure rules on the voting pattern of shareholders under UK regulations. The key findings are that shareholders guide their vote by top line salary only, and appear to disregard the remaining – substantial – body of information provided to them.

Our paper can be seen against a backdrop of numerous policy initiatives […]

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    Without uniform indicators, firms are unable to deal with work health issues

Without uniform indicators, firms are unable to deal with work health issues

Globally, over 2.3 million people die from work-related accidents or disease each year. This is according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), which further estimates the costs of workplace injury at four per cent of world GDP. Our research shows that consumers would preferentially select, and even pay more for, goods made under healthy working conditions. However, access to […]

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    Managers’ behaviour in job interviews impacts the firm’s image

Managers’ behaviour in job interviews impacts the firm’s image

If you have ever conducted a job interview, you likely understand that the process is not a one-way street but a multi-lane road with two-way traffic. As an interviewer, you want to assess the applicant’s skills and abilities. Similarly, the candidate also assesses you and your company. What can you do to create impressions that enhance your company’s recruiting […]

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    Analytics will get you only so far: leadership requires judgement

Analytics will get you only so far: leadership requires judgement

What marks the great business leaders apart is not their capacity for hard work. Virtually all work insanely long hours. Nor is it their intelligence. Most CEOs are smart people. Nor is it good fortune.  In life and business luck tends to even out over a life or a career. No, what separates the great from the merely good is […]

Hit-or-miss strategies may be the reason why products flop

My co-author Manoj Thomas (Johnson School of Management, Cornell University) and I were inspired to write Why People (Don’t) Buy: The GO and STOP Signals because of the hit-or-miss patterns of consumer-insight interventions that companies (as well as public policy entities) have been generating. This blog post, the first in a series of three, describes a number of recent examples […]

To retain Asian professionals in the UK, childcare is key

Balancing work and family commitments is challenging for everyone. But what happens when you are an expatriate, cut off from your family support network, and adjusting to a culture with potentially very different expectations around gender roles and the appropriateness of non-family-based childcare? Some of my recent research has explored how expatriate Asian minority women in the UK experience […]

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    Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries – Book Review

Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries – Book Review

Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries. Angela McRobbie. Polity. 2015.

In Be Creative: Making a Living in the New Culture Industries, Angela McRobbie revises the role of creativity as a dispositif or new form of governmentality and labour reform for the current generation of precarious jobs in the cultural and creative economies. In this book, a […]