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On the management of creative professionals: A lesson from the Oliver Twins

When it comes to managing creative IT professionals, the Oliver Twins can teach us all a thing or two. As pioneers of the UK computer games industry and founders of ‘Radiant Worlds’, a thriving British games development company, Philip and Andrew Oliver have three decades’ experience of working with and managing games programmers and other […]






By sacking Ranieri, Leicester City becomes just another football club

I was brought up with the game of football. My lovely sports mad Dad, Kevin, played for the local team alongside legend Joe Corrigan, until Joe was spotted by Manchester City. Sport was a big part of my life growing up, and though I’ve always preferred more creative and academic pursuits myself, Saturday nights would […]






Ranieri was not to blame: ‘Regression Fallacy’ explains the downward trajectory of Leicester City

The headlines on Friday the 24th of February all featured Claudio Ranieri being sacked from Leicester City Football Club – 9 months on from winning the Premiership last year but having had a dismal performance this season. Whilst there are many heated debates around the UK about this – if not the world as Leicester […]






Cyberbullying within working contexts

Technology has revolutionised and shaped our personal and working lives. Communication, banking, healthcare, dating, shopping, education, travel, gaming, employment selection etc., have all changed as a result of advances in technology. There is no doubt that this has been a force for good; however, the use of technology can be abused and, to paraphrase from […]






European sovereign bond-backed securities: A dangerous idea

The securitization of European government bonds is likely to increase hierarchies in the Eurozone. Eurobonds represent the most viable path to fiscal solidarity and political union. Recently, European policymakers and representatives of financial institutions met in Paris at a workshop organised by the European Systemic Risk Board, the body which is responsible for the macroprudential […]






Contagion within and without of the Euro zone

One of the claims of Euro zone membership for the southern European countries was that by joining the Euro their governments could borrow at low (northern European) rates of interest. The reason for this was that there would be no exchange rate risk as all borrowing would be in Euros. This argument, however, ignored the […]






Big data for anti-poverty programmes: A politically embedded view

The idea of datafication, intended as rendering many non-quantified processes into data, has become ubiquitous in business intelligence. Mayer-Schonberger and Cukier (2013) refer to big data as “a revolution that will transform how we live, work and think”, since data have transitioned from the role of optional asset to that of programmatic lens to see […]






Advice for aspiring leaders in Higher Education: It’s best to be a man

Gender inequalities in the workplace are well-known and much debated (and also much researched). It’s rare, however, to obtain systematic big-scale data on how women in a particular sector of employment experience their work, careers, and opportunities to exercise leadership. This is what a research team at Loughborough is doing, and we have found considerable […]






Exploring the efficiency of a UK ambulance service through discrete event simulation

For my summer project on the MSc Business Analytics Consulting programme, I completed a consulting project with the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) looking at how the organisation could increase their effectiveness and reduce inappropriate attendances at A&E departments. The ambulance service has increasingly become a ‘default’ service to the public. People are more likely […]






How our tool analysing emotions on Twitter predicted Donald Trump win

This Blog post consists of an excerpt from an article published in The Conversation on Wednesday, 9th November 2016. To read the full article, please go to: https://theconversation.com/how-our-tool-analysing-emotions-on-twitter-predicted-donald-trump-win-68522  How our tool analysing emotions on Twitter predicted Donald Trump win “As the world dissects the how and why of Donald Trump’s presidential victory, pollsters are already […]