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Your supervisor’s personality impacts you forever

From experience, you know that some supervisors will motivate you to do a good job while others can have a negative impact on your performance; some supervisors are supportive while others are more critical. These differences across supervisors extend to how generous supervisors are when rating the performance of subordinates during annual performance reviews. They are not innocuous as […]

Do we need programmable money?

Programmable money can be designed to flow as easily as email without sacrificing regulatory controls, monetary policy or personal privacy. – IBM 2018

If the US dollar is to remain the world’s primary reserve currency in the unfolding digital century, how can it remain an analog instrument and unit of account for things increasingly programmable and denominated as digital tokens?– […]

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    Why trade facilitation reform requires mainstreaming digital technologies

Why trade facilitation reform requires mainstreaming digital technologies

A country’s international logistics performance depends on the extent and modernity of its trade facilitation reform (World Bank, 2018). National trade facilitation committees (NTFCs) are an institutional obligation for members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) because they serve as multi-agency platforms for stakeholder engagement. These partnerships generate consensus via ‘national roadmaps’ to customise a country’s approach to update […]

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    Managing while invisible: how the gig economy shapes us and our cities

Managing while invisible: how the gig economy shapes us and our cities

The gig economy is full of disruptive technological darlings. Uber revolutionised how we used taxis, AirBnB changed the hospitality market forever, while Deliveroo has a substantial impact on how cities develop and change and how we use our city space. Their impact, we argue, is a consequence of one of their most important inventions: how to look like they’re […]

Green finance: investors need transparency

The effects of climate change have become increasingly palpable for the general public in recent years, with wildfires having destroyed large parts of the Amazon rainforest and the Australian bush, killing more than a billion animals. The attention on the topic, including the need to reverse the inexorable decline in biodiversity and promote sustainable livestock production, has been heightened […]

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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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    The tangled relationship between performance and suppliers: lessons from Formula 1

The tangled relationship between performance and suppliers: lessons from Formula 1

Underperformance in business is like a potentially serious illness. It’s imperative to identify it early, before it becomes insurmountable. Fortunately, our data-driven age provides an unprecedented richness of material for proactive leaders to sift in search of warning signs.

Once they recognise a red flag, however, what can managers do? After all, detection is one thing, and diagnosis another. Organisations’ […]

How investor pressure leads to higher dividend payouts

UK dividends paid out in 2019 reached nearly £100bn, an all-time high, with nine out of ten sectors raising dividend payouts (Darbyshire, 2020). At the same time, there have been numerous reports of companies such as Carillion, Thomas Cook, Woodford Investment Management, and BHS paying dividends that were unwarranted by underlying financial health.

Following the unprecedented effects of the Covid-19 […]

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    Artificial intelligence will play an increasing role in wealth management

Artificial intelligence will play an increasing role in wealth management

It’s likely that in the next few years, the wealth sector will experience dramatic change. The sector has historically been resistant to technology and change, with many practitioners very highly paid and very happy with the status quo. The upper end of the industry is characterised by strong personal relationships, high prices and a lack of transparency. But automation […]

Predicting bank distress with machine learning

The great American baseball sage, Yogi Berra, is thought to have once remarked: ‘It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future’. That is certainly true, but thankfully the accelerating development and deployment of machine learning methodologies in recent years is making prediction easier and easier. That is good news for many sectors and activities, including microprudential regulation. In […]

March 12th, 2020|Finance, LSE alumni|0 Comments|

Putting sustainable finance into practice

Ensuring that their investment portfolio contribute to the long-term sustainability of the planet is one of the key challenges organisations face today. That means adopting prudent financing and a thoughtful investment strategy. But how can financial sector players go about doing that? Sustainable finance raises a lot of practical questions. Many initiatives have been launched to provide businesses with […]

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    The behavioural approach to gender equality: changing how we think about workplace culture

The behavioural approach to gender equality: changing how we think about workplace culture

Over the last decade, our approach to gender inequality in the UK workplace has remained relatively static. We’ve pitched the business case for change, tried to transform mindsets with diversity and unconscious bias training, and done our best to influence the leadership pipeline with development and mentoring programmes.

In 2017, I wrote about the urgent need to change tack. The UK’s Hampton […]

January 21st, 2020|Gender, LSE alumni|0 Comments|
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    How will the UK tackle its welfare challenge in light of technological unemployment?

How will the UK tackle its welfare challenge in light of technological unemployment?

To say that the world is changing rapidly is an understatement. Climate catastrophe and that little thing called Brexit have been dominating the 2019 election.

These issues are important, but it might be a useful time to draw attention to another issue on the horizon that will play a fundamental role in our collective future – a fourth industrial revolution. This […]

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    The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power – Book Review

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power – Book Review

The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. Shoshana Zuboff. Profile Books. 2019.
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Early this year, Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism arrived to herald the new form of economic oppression we have watched creep into our lives. Zuboff, a professor emerita from Harvard Business School known […]

November 10th, 2019|Book Review, LSE alumni|0 Comments|
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    Do six per cent of financial transactions sent via the Swift system really fail?

Do six per cent of financial transactions sent via the Swift system really fail?

In May 2019, Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of a San Francisco based (but Delaware registered) fintech firm called Ripple Labs gave a presentation to the 9th High-Level Conference on the International Monetary System. The small audience included Christine Lagarde (then chairman of the IMF) and the heads of several central banks. He described a problem in the world financial system […]

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    Family business: when succession creates conflict between family and firm hierarchies

Family business: when succession creates conflict between family and firm hierarchies

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 […]

October 22nd, 2019|LSE alumni, Management|0 Comments|

What’s slowing down the European Banking Union?

Many observers believe that implicit bank bailout guarantees were an important driver of the global financial crisis. They also blame national supervisory authorities as another key factor. As a consequence, the formation of the European Banking Union (EBU) was presumably the single-most important institutional response of the European Union (EU) to ensure that taxpayers’ money is not used again for […]

October 8th, 2019|Finance, LSE alumni|0 Comments|
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    Large-scale use of cloud services poses challenges to measurement in economics

Large-scale use of cloud services poses challenges to measurement in economics

Have you tried buying a DVD player recently? If not, you might be out of luck soon as major retailers in the UK have stopped stocking them amid falling demand. The reason is not that people stopped watching videos (quite the opposite), but the rising popularity of online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime that can be […]

The 2018 trade war: consumers are paying a high price

Over the course of 2018, the Trump administration imposed import tariffs on approximately $283 billion of US imports, with rates ranging between 10 and 50 per cent. In response, US trading partners, especially China, retaliated with tariffs averaging 16 per cent on approximately $121 billion of US exports, plunging the United States into its first episode of large-scale reciprocal […]

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    Not the gig economy: on the immense value of the growing freelancer ‘project economy’

Not the gig economy: on the immense value of the growing freelancer ‘project economy’

Everyone knows about the ‘gig economy’. In fact, the term is so widely used in the media, it can sometimes seem hard to avoid talking about it. But it is by no means the only form of work among the 4.8 million-strong self-employed community, and not enough is understood about the many other forms of freelance work.

A new report […]