Monthly Archives: May 2020

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    Threats to professional identities can lead to resistance to organisational change

Threats to professional identities can lead to resistance to organisational change

Professional service firms, like law firms, need to comply with multiple demands on how they should operate and what they should deliver. Society demands transparency and accountability. Legal professionals who work in professional service firms ask for autonomy and discretion. The clients of professional service firms request not only cost efficiency but also short delivery times and customised service. […]

May 5th, 2020|Management|1 Comment|
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    Large economic benefits justify small-firm loan guarantees in the Covid-19 crisis

Large economic benefits justify small-firm loan guarantees in the Covid-19 crisis

Loan guarantees are a main policy response during the Covid-19 crisis. These guarantees were also popular during the Great Recession, but their demand from businesses in this crisis is unprecedented. The relatively worse economic conditions undoubtedly explain much of current demand, but also possibly highlight the differences in the guarantees’ design for each crisis. Will the new guarantees be […]

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    Period-tracking apps: how femtech creates value for users and platforms

Period-tracking apps: how femtech creates value for users and platforms

For many women in the world, menstruation is the most dreaded time of the month. Some societies regard menstruating women as being in need of rest and requiring isolation during the days in which they bleed. Across many contexts, the idea that women are unclean during menstruation has been normalised. Some men have held the belief that contact with […]

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    Schism: China, America and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System – Book Review

Schism: China, America and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System – Book Review

Schism: China, America and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System. Paul Blustein. Centre for International Governance Innovation. 2019.

No country has benefited more from the global trading system or challenged its liberal internationalist precepts more than China. The United States and its allies embraced the challenge of incorporating a post-revolutionary China at the dawn of the 21st century. Two […]

The future of apprenticeships is in the balance

The unprecedented economic upheaval brought by the Covid-19 pandemic raises several concerns for the functioning of the English apprenticeship system, particularly in the medium-term as economic and social activity resumes.

Even in normal times, firms with apprentices may fail: usually disruption is minimised by reallocating apprentices to other firms. But economy-wide downturns exacerbate this problem because of the risk that […]

Nine policy taboos overturned by Covid-19

An economy is defined as a “circular flow of income”. One person’s spending is another person’s income. National income is the sum of everyone’s spending and loosely speaking, growth comes from increased velocity of that spending.

Social distancing or lockdown is a deliberate interruption in that flow of income. A circuit-breaker for the virus is necessarily a circuit-breaker for the […]