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Active learning in lectures – the value of imagery

Not long ago on these pages, in June this year, I outlined the pedagogic research I had been leading at Loughborough University. To recap briefly, I was concerned with the question of student engagement in large group lectures – an issue familiar to many teaching colleagues confronted with the government’s never-ending agenda for High Education […]






How corporate senior management might invite major IT failures

Recent IT failures at British high street banks and telecoms companies have made big headlines because of the impact they have had on the companies’ fortunes and the public at large.  From the messages that the companies give to the media, you might think that such failures are inevitable because of the complexity of the […]






How Brexit opened up the Pandora’s box of Italy’s banking malaise

The SBE’s Andrea Lagna has written an interesting post published in The Conversation recently about the affect of the EU Referendum result in June on Italian banking: “Brexit has triggered a financial chain reaction that has also exposed the problems of the Italian banking system. The UK’s decision to leave the EU made investors fearful that […]






Change feels good: Emotional agency in a digital business world

Emotion research is like doing particle physics in a mirage – it’s complex on a subatomic scale and vanishes upon closer inspection. Hold on, this is a business blog isn’t it? Is emotion even relevant ‘here’? Isn’t business concerned with rather more rational concepts? Here’s a rhetorical answer: Firstly, the original meaning of the very […]






New framework for service organisations: Service Operating Model Skills

SOMS  – Service Operating Model Skills is an industrial framework to specify the skills required for people designing, implementing and maintaining operating models.  It has been developed by the Centre for Service Management at the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University in response to requests from coaches and facilitators in this sector such […]






Financialization of the Italian state

This post was written by Dr Andrea Lagna and was originally published on the SPERI Blog. Modern public debt management and financial innovation have exacerbated Italy’s large, and growing, government debt. The use of financial derivatives by the Italian government continues to appear in the headlines of global news media. Based on Eurostat data, Bloomberg […]






10 myths in the Brexit debate

On June 23rd the British electorate will make one of the most momentous decisions to face the UK in several generations: whether or not to formally leave the EU (BREXIT). It will have momentous implications in several areas: the growth potential of the economy; trade relationships and volumes; foreign direct investment in the economy; the […]






What would Brexit mean for the automotive industry?

The silence was stunning. At a recent meeting of the Automotive Fellowship International, Steve Nash, the CEO of the IMI, was chairing a debate on the future of the franchise system in Western Europe and asked: “What do you think the implications of Brexit would be for the retail automotive sector in the UK?” The […]






Improving policy and evidence-based decision making in response to biosecurity threats

This Blog post was written by Katherine Macinnes for the open-access research e-newsletter International Innovation, about research by Professors Alberto Franco and Gilberto Montibeller in the SBE. Policies implemented in response to emerging biosecurity threats should be highly adaptive. Loughborough University researchers are looking to improve the frameworks underlying threat prioritisation, so that policy makers […]






Historia NOT Magistra Vitae. How central banks are exacerbating investment banks

The human learning ability, followed by the possibility of improving what has been done before, counts mainly on our own life experience, or in other terms our “history”. Everyone is either consciously or unconsciously learning from the past and taking decisions based on her/his own experience. In the masterpiece “De Oratore” Cicero, one of Rome’s […]