Communities in Australia’s mining heartland are in trouble and are calling on government to sustain them and rehabilitate closing mine sites. This month Alinta Energy will shut South Australia’s last two coal-fired power plants. Alinta has already closed its Leigh Creek mine and shackled government with responsibility for the purpose-built town that serviced the mine for over 30 years. […]
When asked what would the Big Idea of 2015 be, Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute and the author of an award-winning Steve Jobs biography, argued that “digital currencies and micropayments are likely to be the disruptive innovation”. In his view, “frictionless coin systems that allow us to buy digital content on impulse would support journalists who […]
Despite the increasing prevalence of diversity on corporate boards, there is still not much clarity on a firm’s motives to recruit directors from diverse nationality backgrounds. This is particularly important as a large number of UK- and US-based listed firms regularly employ foreign nationality directors on their boards. We know from the literature that significant variations exist between national-level […]
It is now well accepted that gender is a major source of differentiation in the labour market. On average women earn less than men, even when they have similar education, and work full-time and in identical occupations. Until recently, little information was available on how sexual orientation factored into people’s work experiences. The availability of new data has allowed […]
Recently the Economist wrote a piece exploring the rise of London. It was interesting for its comparison with New York, both in terms of the proportion of the population who reside there, and the proportion of the economic activity that takes place there. The general thesis was that whilst London was undoubtedly huge, when compared with New York, it should quite […]
Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family. Anne-Marie Slaughter. One World Publications. 2015.
‘It’s such a pity you had to leave Washington.’
The opening sentence to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, these words were spoken when Slaughter was director of policy planning for the US state department working under then-Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton. The first woman to hold […]
LSE Review of Books is expanding its coverage, and has now added business books to its offerings. This is a great opportunity for anyone who loves books and has an interest in the world of work and business. If you meet at least one of the criteria below and would like to review one of these books, please write […]
In modern workplaces, employers seek more flexibility in their management practices than before. This involves decisions concerning the number and composition of personnel, job design, productivity, and profit. Those concerned over employees health and well-being have set their eyes on organisational downsizing and questioned whether such practices are affecting employees’ health and well-being.
When organisations downsize, those who lose their […]
We first started writing about the rise of ‘Bleisure’ (the convergence of business and leisure) back in 2009 at The Future Laboratory, and since then we’ve seen the boundaries between work and play dissolve drastically. ‘We’re seeing workplaces that are more intelligent, connected and human-orientated – a move from facilities management to hospitality’ explains Jeremy Myerson, co-founder, Helen Hamlyn […]
It’s no secret that men rule the boardrooms of the world—holding 88% of board seats worldwide and 92% of CEO positions.
Yet, research shows that gender diversity in business leadership is known to bring fresh thinking, more creativity and better decision making, as well as increased competitiveness and financial performance. To succeed, companies must have the best pool of talent […]