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Changing the culture of banking

“Over the past 20 years, the norms of behaviour in important parts of the banking sector have fallen below what the public has a right to expect” “A loss of trust in the banking sector as a whole has broad and damaging consequences”  — Consultation Paper, Banking Standards Review, February 2014 The focus of this […]

Women’s income generation through mobile internet: New artefacts, old societal structures

The link between the diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and women’s empowerment, with particular reference to developing country contexts, is being leveraged in the formulation of global development policies. The World Development Report 2016 states that ICTs allow women to participate more easily in the labor market, enacting mechanisms of empowerment based on […]

Who will win the battle of the workplace – robots or humans?

This question has prompted considerable debate in the popular media and prompted the CIPD to commission research by Donald Hislop, Crispin Coombs, Stanimira Taneva and Sarah Barnard at Loughborough University School of Business and Economics to find out what current research says. Our findings show there is useful guidance for business and society but thinking […]

A ‘quick’ British-American trade deal? NAFTA suggests not a chance

This Blog post was published in The Conversation on 22nd November 2017 – written by SBE’s Visiting Professor of Economics Randall Wigle from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada Being a Canadian sabbatical visitor in the United Kingdom this year has allowed me to witness Brexit politics at close hand. As an economist, I’ve found it fascinating. […]

Workshop provides essential lessons for academic writing

Last month Loughborough University Centre for Information Management hosted an international paper-writing workshop led by Senior Scholar and Fellow of the AIS Professor Michael Myers. The workshop attracted early-career faculty and PhD researchers from Europe and the United States. Participants discussed the challenges of writing up and getting published, choosing a title and crafting an […]

Continuous improvement in UK public service organisations

In a time of constrained public spending in the UK, there is a greater emphasis among public service organisations (PSOs) to use methods such as continuous improvement to use public resources wisely, and to provide value for money to service users and customers. Continuous improvement is a process by which all staff within an organisation […]

20 years in tech

I was a PhD student in Manchester when a robotics lab was opened in the Department of Computer Science. It was 1997, or thereabouts. The robot itself was not as impressive as I had anticipated. It looked like an upturned waste-paper basket with wheels. Its task was to learn to navigate through the department’s first […]

Exploring the concept of an operating model

The concept of an operating model has come to the fore in operations management research in the last five years. Much of the available material about operating model is published by consultancies and there has been little academic focus on the definition of an operating model. In the recently published paper, Operating Model: An Exploration […]

Resisting the visual: Why academia is still resistant to the power of imagery in learning

Introduction This blog is about academic resistance to a good idea. It’s not uncommon that good practices sometimes prompt people to reject them, but that’s different from the other things I’ve talked about in earlier blogs, like being unaware of the problems associated with the ways we often use our primary projection platform, PowerPoint. Being […]

Dr Huw Edwards on the ‘Economists for Free Trade’ report

Economists for Free Trade: Extraordinary Claims Demand Extraordinary Evidence, but they have provided none. In discussing the ‘Economists for Free Trade’ (EFT) ‘report’, I am unfortunately unable to comment upon the numerical and modelling work in any depth, since no technical documents have, to date, been released. (The absence of serious data, model details or […]