Does ASDA’s blocked merger with Sainsbury’s make sense?

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has put the brakes on ASDA and Sainsbury’s becoming the dominant force in supermarket retail. Dr Jon Seaton examines whether the argument against the deal is justified? A lot has been happening in retail recently, writes Dr Seaton, but consumers were understandably shocked by the decision of UK regulators inRead more

Can collaborative simulation models help organisations improve their efficiency?

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Over the last 10 years, academics within the School of Business and Economics have been researching and developing ways of involving people from different stakeholder groups in modelling processes which help identify and improve the performance of a whole range of different processes within organisations. One of the most successful modelling tools we have developedRead more

A warning to the Bank of England’s Mark Carney

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Economist Dr Jon Seaton has a warning for the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney… Dear Mr Carney – have you forgotten the Phillips curve? Recent employment rates now match the low levels of the early 1970s, so with very low interest rates, rising wage inflation and low productivity is it any wonderRead more

The risks and rewards of collaborating with competitors

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by Dr James M Crick What is coopetition? It is not uncommon for small businesses to struggle to compete within their markets, as they often possess an insufficient volume of resources and capabilities. With ever-changing customer preferences, fierce competition, and technological developments, one must ask the question – how can small entities survive and growRead more

The Changing Face of Business Analytics

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Trying to make predictions is hard – just ask Cassandra from Greek mythology! But, ironically, with all the data we have today, shouldn’t this task be much easier? Without question the world ahead is going to become more analytical than ever before, with the rise of AI to help with domain specific predictions becoming strongerRead more

Brexit Thoughts from Turkey

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Last week took me to Istanbul, working on a Newton Mobility Grant project with two of our former PhD students, Umut and Burcu Senalp. During the time that I was away, the Brexit crisis in Parliament really got going, which triggered a number of thoughts. First of all, the role of Turkey in the BrexitRead more

Brexit has already hurt EU and non-EU exports

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This Blog post, written by Dr Huw Edwards, was originally published in The Conversation “Over the past few months, we have been investigating how the vote of June 23 2016 has since affected the values and patterns of Britain’s trade with major trading partners inside and outside the European Union. By comparing trade flows withRead more

Happy Healthy Halloween!

Ever-desperate retailers are getting in on the seasonal bandwagon by promoting Halloween festivities, which could mean spending your hard-earned money on potentially unhealthy and expensive cakes, snacks and sweets. Venture tentatively into the local supermarket on a dark autumnal night and you could be faced by your ultimate fear – scarily unhealthy food at exorbitantRead more

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