‘We are ready to try a four-day working week’

Right now a general sense of uncertainty is sweeping the nation. Brexit, an obesity epidemic, the NHS at breaking point, global warming and unrealistic house prices are just some of the hurdles Britain currently faces. You only have to turn on the news to feel some major pangs of anxiety. The extreme level of chaos in our outer world […]

March 22nd, 2019|CEOs, Labour|1 Comment|
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    The possibilities and limitations of the emerging organisational spirituality movement

The possibilities and limitations of the emerging organisational spirituality movement

Interest in the role of spirituality in organisational life has been growing rapidly in the past few decades. Numerous books and articles have explored the benefits of spirituality and religion for the effectiveness, well-being and ethicality of the modern workplace. There is both an expanding academic discourse on the meaning of spirituality at work, as well as a related […]

March 18th, 2019|Management|1 Comment|
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    The office networks of people who are thinking of quitting their job

The office networks of people who are thinking of quitting their job

Numerous studies have shown that people with large networks who have many friends and work relationships are less likely to quit their job than people who only have small work-related networks. But do people who think of quitting their job change their networks at work? Do they change the people they go to for advice or seek out for […]

How organisations discriminate during recruitment

“I have worked with many recruitment agencies. In fact, some people asked for what in French is called a BBR; it’s a code to say a “Bleu-Blanc-Rouge” – the colours of our national flag. It was to tell the recruitment agency ‘I am a racist company but I do not want it to appear as such so I use […]

When CEO personality attracts copycat competitors

Corporate strategy is rife with imitation, a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses mentality, writ large. Our research suggests that high-level organisational imitation can have more to do with personality than it does with rationality. Specifically, firms are more likely to emulate competitors led by charismatic CEOs and less likely to emulate competitors led by narcissists. This bias toward or against a chief executive’s […]

February 19th, 2019|Management|0 Comments|
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    Technology makes business opportunities abundant, but most of them go to waste

Technology makes business opportunities abundant, but most of them go to waste

Business opportunities have become increasingly abundant, as prices continue to plummet for advanced technologies – from 3D printers, to electrical vehicle battery packs, and commercial drones – and essential digital services, such as the cloud and global bandwidth. While many companies are seeing these opportunities, most are unable to capture them fast enough.

There are two main reasons for this. […]

February 15th, 2019|Management|0 Comments|

The complex dance to win in the market

Perusal of the business news on any given day reveals corporate behaviour unbecoming a civil member of society. Whole Foods Market’s CEO John Mackey used an alias on Yahoo Finance’s bulletin board for seven years to post comments that maligned rival Wild Oats Markets while boosting perceptions of his own firm. Both Uber and Lyft claim the other secretly […]

February 1st, 2019|Management, Marketing|0 Comments|

Silence at work: from monks to makers

In monastic organisations, silence has always been at the heart of collective life. In that context, being and acting together are silent endeavours. Monastic movements started with pure and absolute loneliness; monks or sisters would escape the world and live a secluded life in a cave or a desert. For some, this experience was fulfilling. For others, it turned […]

January 25th, 2019|Management|0 Comments|

What keeps us from cooperating?

Cooperation is an essential aspect of life, from bacterial biofilms to social insects, and from friendships and workplace collaborations to environmental conservation, political participation, and international relations. Yet establishing cooperation in a competitive world suffers from two closely connected problems. For one, there is the risk for cooperators to be the “sucker”, i.e. one of the few people cooperating […]

January 15th, 2019|Economics, Management|0 Comments|

Why overpaying chief executives is a bad idea

An economy where the highest paid business leader pockets £265 million for one year’s work, while the number of working families in poverty rises to a 20-year high, is one that needs to address its income gaps.

Denise Coates, the chief executive of gambling group Bet365, has been paid £265 million in 2017 at a time when many of those in […]

A new measure to assess companies’ external engagement

Could a single tweet destroy your company? Just a few years ago, a question like that might have seemed absurd. But now that possibility is something that executives and investors around the world are increasingly thinking and worrying about. Perhaps the most prominent evidence of this trend arrived at the start of 2018, when BlackRock’s Larry Fink laid out […]

January 10th, 2019|Management, Marketing|2 Comments|

After Rana Plaza: the politics of sharing

Disasters often catalyse new regulatory initiatives by exposing the human costs of inadequate worker or public protection. The Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh in 2013, which killed 1134 garment workers, was no exception. Horrific scenes of carnage brought the “race to the bottom” into the living rooms of Western consumers and prompted a rapid reaction by the global […]

Why entrepreneurs should avoid or delay venture capital

It is difficult to pick up a major business publication today without reading about how venture capital and venture capitalists develop unicorn ventures, privately held start-ups valued at over $1 billion. This publicity prompts entrepreneurs to ask how to get VC, rather than if they should even seek it, or when.

The reality is that very few get VC

Venture capitalists […]

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    The Ellsberg Paradox and the ambiguity and complexity of decision-making

The Ellsberg Paradox and the ambiguity and complexity of decision-making

In 1961, Daniel Ellsberg (who is perhaps best known for leaking the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret study of the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam war) considered a thought experiment involving two urns, each containing 100 balls. The first urn contained exactly 50 black balls and 50 red balls, while the second contained 100 black and red balls in […]

December 12th, 2018|Marketing|0 Comments|
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    Diversity networks in organisations: are they really (net)working for equality?

Diversity networks in organisations: are they really (net)working for equality?

In recent years, the use of diversity networks in organisations has increased tremendously. Diversity networks, also referred to as ‘employee resource groups’ or ‘affinity networks’, are initiated to inform, support and advance employees with similar social identities. In many organisations, diversity networks are part of a larger diversity management agenda and an increasingly popular practice to promote equality, diversity […]

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    Data analytics, inclusion, sustainability: new roles multiply in organisations

Data analytics, inclusion, sustainability: new roles multiply in organisations

New roles are multiplying in organisations. Look around your own organisation and you can probably spot some of these new roles: Is there a data analytics manager? An inclusion manager? A sustainability manager? Organisations often struggle with how to best support new roles. New roles do not come with a blueprint, nor can they be copied from other organisations. […]

November 14th, 2018|Management|0 Comments|

Good corporate governance requires diversity

A hallmark of our era of disruption, populism and apparent de-globalisation is the erosion of trust in organisations and institutional systems. Trust is gained through better governance, which in turn is built on transparency, accountability and openness to diversity.

It is no coincidence that both Singapore and the UK issued new codes of corporate governance this year. Reinforcing systems of […]

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    When companies have ties to politicians or military officials

When companies have ties to politicians or military officials

Entrepreneurs want to reduce uncertainty and shape environments to their advantage. To do so, they sometimes collaborate with government leaders to gain valuable information, resources, and favourable legislation.

Most prior research on this practice has treated government partners as monolithic entities, or focused only on elected officials who grant resources through policy efforts or contracts. But we were interested in […]

November 9th, 2018|Management|0 Comments|

The paradox of communist entrepreneurs in China

The Chinese economy has grown phenomenally over the past 40 years since it was opened to the outside world. In recent decades, the private sector in particular has been the engine of this growth, contributing to more than 60 per cent of China’s GDP (US$12,237.7 billion), extensive fixed-asset and outbound investment, 80 per cent of jobs, and 70 per […]

On timing and rhythm for strategy implementation

We know that time is important – after all, timing is everything! And time is money! If used skilfully, time and timing can be allies in strategising. But, surprisingly (or maybe not-so-surprisingly), getting time right is hard; it involves a complex balancing act. For example, if you push your strategy too much, you overwhelm your team, whereas if you do […]