The Big 4 fee premium for industry specialization in the UK

This Blog post was written by Dr Khairul Ayuni Mohd Kharuddin. The relationship between the audit fee premium/discount and industry specialisation is an interesting and controversial research area globally. Research studies concerning this area have mainly examined the US, UK, Australia, Hong Kong and New Zealand audit markets. Auditor industry specialisation is recognised as aRead more

Should the UK remain in a Customs Union?

This Blog post was written by Dr Huw Edwards. The debate over ‘what kind of Brexit?’ seems to be reaching an important tipping point, with the Labour party now joining with pro-European Tories and the Confederation of British Industry in recommending one particular form of ‘soft Brexit’: namely, that the UK should remain in aRead more

Customer experience – The impact beyond service provider

This Blog post was written by Majd AbedRabbo. Let me begin by asking you a simple question: would you rather have bought a lower quality shirt from a lovely salesperson or a higher quality shirt from a rude one? Most of you would have probably chosen the former due to the positive experience you had.Read more

The human report in the age of artificial intelligence

This Blog post was written by Professor Peter Kawalek. Sometimes I say to the students, ‘…it is like Rome. It is like Rome. Silicon Valley is like Rome. We live in its wake, somewhere north of it, part of it but not really at the centre. And it is the era of Antoninus Pius orRead more

HR and employment law predictions for 2018

This Blog post was written by Mark Butterick. As life gets back to some kind of normality following the Christmas holidays it seems like a good time to take a look in to a crystal ball and consider the key HR and employment law themes that might influence workplaces and wider society the most duringRead more

Changing the culture of banking

This Blog post was written by Professor David T Llewellyn.   The focus of this blog post is on the issue of culture in banking.  The scandals surrounding British banking in recent years are well known: the banking crisis, several examples of banks mis-selling financial products to vulnerable consumers, attempts to rig LIBOR and manipulateRead more

Women’s income generation through mobile internet

This Blog post was written by Dr Silvia Masiero. 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 inRead more

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

This Blog post was written by Dr Crispin Coombs. 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 thereRead more

Randall M Wigle: A ‘quick’ British-American trade deal? 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.Read more

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