Monthly Archives: June 2016

The NHS needs to ‘flip’ its leadership programme

The healthcare system in the UK is currently facing what some are calling a leadership crisis. Leaders are under exceptional pressure to reduce running costs, meet regulator targets and continuously deliver high-quality care to patients with ever-growing expectations. The selection of leaders available to fill the increasing number of vacancies is falling, and the current targeting of support and […]

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    Service Automation: Robots and the Future of Work – Book Review

Service Automation: Robots and the Future of Work – Book Review

Service Automation: Robots and the Future of Work. Leslie P. Willcocks and Mary C. Lacity. Steve Brookes Publishing. 2016. 

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Booming headlines such as ‘Half of All British Jobs Could Be Replaced By Robots!’ and accompanying shelf-metres of popsci may be giving the particularly forward-looking a few sleepless nights. Yet these works rarely spur us to imagine the nitty-gritty […]

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    UK and Ireland had the steepest rises in food insecurity over the 2008 crisis

UK and Ireland had the steepest rises in food insecurity over the 2008 crisis

It is no secret to those working in food banks that the rise in food bank usage in the UK is at least partly driven by rising economic insecurity. Yet what to frontline practitioners may appear obvious continues to be debated at the highest levels of government. There are suggestions that the phenomenon of rising food bank usage may […]

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    Demographic changes may help explain persistently low interest rates

Demographic changes may help explain persistently low interest rates

The past two decades have witnessed an extraordinary decline in both short- and long-term interest rates in the leading advanced economies, from levels of around 4-6 per cent in the 1990s to close to zero today. Although recent falls came after the Global Crisis and subsequent recession, the decline in yields, particularly for longer-term rates, began much earlier.

It may […]

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    New technology will make it easier to work in multilingual teams

New technology will make it easier to work in multilingual teams

When speaking on the phone, non-native speakers of a virtual team’s working language need to process a foreign language, understand different accents and immediately respond to their conversation partner. If their communication is dealing with highly complex topics, the need to master linguistic challenges while simultaneously thinking and deciding about the task can easily create cognitive overload. To avoid […]

The distributional effects of Brexit: Who bears the pain?

In recent days, pro-Brexiteers have been saying that leaving the EU may hurt the rich but it will help the poor. Although there is now a strong consensus that leaving the EU would damage the overall economy (HM Treasury, 2016; IFS, 2016; OECD, 2016; NIESR, 2016, The Guardian 28 May 2016)  there has been almost no breakdown of what […]

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    A trusted analyst’s opinion is worth gold for a company’s investors

A trusted analyst’s opinion is worth gold for a company’s investors

Whose reputation do investors pay attention to when determining how to value a firm? Is it the reputation of the stock analyst who covers the firm, or is it the company’s reputation? What about the reputation of the CEO?

For instance, when Matthew Boss (a J.P. Morgan professional who has been rated as a star analyst by Institutional Investor magazine) […]

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    Have unified standards made financial reporting more comparable?

Have unified standards made financial reporting more comparable?

The mandatory adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) by European listed firms in 2005, accompanied by similar regulatory action worldwide, represents one of the most influential accounting rule changes in history. The switch from a diverse set of domestic financial reporting regulations to a common set of accounting standards has affected thousands of companies that differ in terms […]

Women hold a mere 23% of board seats in Europe

When women started entering the workforce after the Second World War in greater numbers than ever before, it was assumed that, in time, the best and brightest would naturally rise to the top. However, 70 years on, women are still not represented in the upper echelons of the business world—holding just 22.7 per cent of board seats of the […]