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    Can the UK capitalise on its service-based economy for trade diversification post Brexit?

Can the UK capitalise on its service-based economy for trade diversification post Brexit?

As concerns increase over the prospects for a positive post-Brexit agreement with the EU on the terms of exit, much attention continues to be focused on the attractiveness and viability of UK trade diversification. Our first post concluded that physical distance still matters in economic relations between countries and that the role of gravity when considering trade in goods, […]

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    Can Brexit defy gravity? It is still much cheaper to trade with neighbouring countries

Can Brexit defy gravity? It is still much cheaper to trade with neighbouring countries

Is the UK locked into economic relationships dominated by geography? Can it reorient its trade and FDI patterns from the slower growing European economy to faster-growing markets in Asia, Latin America and Africa, as promised by the proponents of Brexit? In this article Saul Estrin, Christine Cote (LSE), and Daniel Shapiro (Simon Fraser University) concentrate their attention on trade […]

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    Entrepreneurial activity in the UK is strong, but regionally unbalanced

Entrepreneurial activity in the UK is strong, but regionally unbalanced

Mobilise labour and knowledge and the UK will enjoy a more inclusive and sustainable entrepreneurial society, writes Saul Estrin

 

Experts in the field of entrepreneurship recently met at the London School of Economics to discuss reform strategies proposed in a new policy brief, which seeks to promote entrepreneurship in the UK.

Dr Mark Sanders, Associate Professor at the Utrecht University School of […]

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    Cognitive performance in competitive environments: do psychological differences matter?

Cognitive performance in competitive environments: do psychological differences matter?

Professor Ignacio Palacios-Huerta’s study of a chess match offers insight into the impact of psychological differences on cognitive performance in a competitive setting

 

Understanding cognition is important. Several studies establish that cognitive ability is a strong predictor of occupational attainment, wages, and a range of social behaviours in adults. It is also important for predicting the schooling performance of children, adolescents and […]

Breaking promises is bad for business

When firms break the psychological contract, employees may ‘pay it forward’ to colleagues and clients find Jacqueline Coyle-Shapiro and Hong Deng

 

When organisations break their promises to their employees, who suffers the consequences and why? Intuition, and indeed research, tells us that those who are harmed seek to redress the balance by harming their perpetrator. This can, for example, be […]

Taking #MeToo into global supply chains

Harassment and abuse are widespread among suppliers of multinationals, but better worker representation can offer women a protected voice, write Sarah Ashwin and Naila Kabeer

 

Sexual harassment in the workplace is not a new phenomenon. There have been some well publicised episodes before – Clarence Thomas, Justice in the American Supreme Court, and more recently, Dov Charney, founder of American […]

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    How Tesla is changing product life cycle in the car industry

How Tesla is changing product life cycle in the car industry

With software updates, any product can be open-ended and continuously in the making, argue Antti Lyyra and Kari Koskinen

 

Traditionally cars are sold as finished and complete products. Buyers do not expect new cars to improve or change once they are rolled out of the dealer’s premises. Only occasional maintenance, software updates or repairs are carried out to keep the […]

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    Naps in the office – is this the secret behind China’s digital success?

Naps in the office – is this the secret behind China’s digital success?

At the Huawei headquarters in Shenzhen, napping is the norm, and there is a general lack of overt hubris, write Will Venters and Carsten Sørensen

Last year, we spent a week visiting Shenzhen, China, to see the headquarters of one of the world’s most innovative and fastest-growing companies – Huawei. Since its founding in 1987, Huawei has grown to become […]

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    Women are less satisfied than men after promotion to managerial positions

Women are less satisfied than men after promotion to managerial positions

Few organisations would question the idea that promotions have a positive impact on the job satisfaction of women managers. Perhaps they should, says Daniela Lup.

The gender gap in managerial representation, especially in upper-management positions, is widely documented and understanding the causes remains an important endeavour for researchers and policy makers in developed economies.
Why does the gender gap in high-level […]

Why the iPhone X matters to Apple

Digital platforms expanding into the Internet of Things could challenge the Apple-Google duopoly, writes Carsten Sørensen.

So, there is another line of iPhones out – big deal? The iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and the X all launched this autumn. The iPhone X – or, for people without knowledge of Roman numerals, the one-phone-ten – has a brighter and more advanced […]