Recently, hardly does a month go by without us hearing breaking news on high-profile data breaches. For example, earlier this year, the social media giant Facebook revealed that over 419 million users had their account-linked phone numbers exposed due to an unencrypted server. Anyone who is interested can potentially search for a particular Facebook ID and its associated phone […]
Cloud computing is growing at an unprecedented rate, and it is estimated that cloud services will reach a global market value of $411 billion annually by 2020 with annual growth exceeding 15 per cent (Columbus 2019; Gartner 2019). Cloud computing services allow businesses the flexibility of accessing data storage and software resources according to their needs without costly investments […]
Understanding how to change behavioural habits is playing a crucial role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. This holds true for private behaviour (e.g. using the bike instead of the car), as well as behaviour in the working environment. In the transportation sector, saving greenhouse gas emissions goes hand in hand with saving money: fuel consumption is the main variable […]
In 2015, Patricia Arquette won the Oscar for best supporting actress, her speech was a call for equal pay among female and male stars in Hollywood. Her words at the gala ceremony were cheered and later on supported by widely recognised actresses in the industry such as Meryl Streep, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, or Natalie Portman. But do male […]
Charles Booth’s London Poverty Maps. London School of Economics and Mary S. Morgan, Inderbir Bhullar, Sarah Wise, Anne Power, Katie Garner, Aileen Reid and Jacob F. Field, with a foreword by Iain Sinclair. Thames and Hudson. 2019.
“I may here draw your attention to the many coloured map hanging on the screen, which I have called the Map of […]
Tackling structural inequalities in the UK is fundamental to social cohesion and to enabling economic growth to benefit all. And the case for businesses to do so is clear. Reducing the gender pay gap in labour market participation, Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) qualifications and wages could increase the UK economy by £55 billion by 2030. Likewise, companies […]
Last year, the organic chewing gum producers from the South of Mexico, also known as chicleros, launched an initiative to improve the trade treatment they receive. The reasons for doing this are quite clear. Unlike conventional chewing gum, which is made from petrochemicals that damage not just the environment but also people’s health, the gum the chicleros produce is […]
There are only two types of companies: Those that have been hacked and those that don’t know they have been hacked.
– John T. Chambers (2018), American Businessman
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse defines a data breach as “a security violation in which sensitive, protected or confidential data is copied, transmitted, viewed, stolen or used by an unauthorised individual.” There have been […]
I draw data for multiple cohorts of American men and women in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (the longest running longitudinal household survey in the world) and the Multinational Time Use Study to understand how married people use their time.
Women born in 1935, such as Jane Fonda, worked for pay for about 800 hours per year – 16 […]
Succession planning is a vexing issue for family businesses throughout the world. Orchestrating a smooth and successful generational transfer of power is key to family firms’ success — and, in fact, their survival. Research on what makes for successful transition has often focused on the two apparent main actors: the current CEO and the successor.
However, in a six-year research […]
Did you know that Mercedes does not actually produce its heavy-duty G-Class? To be fair, it does keep design, development and marketing of the SUV in-house, but the vehicle is entirely built in the factory of Magna Steyr, a contract manufacturer based in Graz, Austria. In the same plant one will also find entire production lines for the Jaguar […]
Not Working: Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone? David G. Blanchflower. Princeton University Press. 2019.
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In Not Working: Where Have All the Good Jobs Gone?, David G. Blanchflower contributes to the already substantial stream of scholarship on job quality, happiness and economic downturns. The author, a prominent economist and former external member of the Bank of […]
The world’s two biggest economies – the United States and China – have been engulfed in a trade war for the last couple of years. Like most Western countries, the United States denounces China for stealing US intellectual property, criticises it for engaging in unfair competition on world markets through subsidies and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and finally laments insufficient […]
Highly charged political issues appear daily in the news in Europe and the US. In Europe, the English Brexit vote, French energy taxes/policy, and immigration issues in many countries have aroused intense emotions. These feelings manifested in England with extreme behaviours such as throwing milkshakes at politicians and in France with months of rioting. In the US, political discussions […]
Agile methodology is increasingly embraced by a wide variety of organisations in different contexts and competitive situations. Its roots, as a movement, go back to the creation of the Agile Manifesto in 2001 by 17 thought leaders from software development. Agility is characterised by speed, adaptation to external changes, multiple iterations and fast and direct communication with the user.
Why Not Default? The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt. Jerome Roos. Princeton University Press. 2019.
In Why Not Default? The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt—a book based on his doctoral dissertation—Jerome Roos systematically unpacks the structural characteristics of the contemporary debt market. Leveraging analysis of historical evidence, the author proposes a theory of creditor structural power and high spillover costs […]