Domestic homicides remain stable during lockdown but still an enduring problem says new report commissioned by police

Domestic homicides remain an ‘entrenched and enduring problem’ despite figures remaining relatively stable during lockdown, a new report drawing on research by an OU academic and commissioned by police has found. ‘Domestic Homicides and Suspected Victim Suicides During the Covid-19 Pandemic 2020-2021’ is the first report of the Domestic Homicide Project, established by the National Police Chiefs’ Council andContinue reading “Domestic homicides remain stable during lockdown but still an enduring problem says new report commissioned by police”

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Business School’s triple accreditation status confirmed for another three years

The Business School has retained its coveted ‘triple crown’ status until 2024 following an unprecedented period of activity and a bumper year of virtual reaccreditation visits. Fewer than 1% of business schools worldwide hold these prestigious awards from the world’s three leading international management education associations: the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB),Continue reading “Business School’s triple accreditation status confirmed for another three years”

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Sustainable Leadership: How to put people at the heart of the green economy

How do you build a business that is positive for people, the planet, society and the economy? Maria Chenoweth, OU MBA alumna and Chief Executive of second-hand clothing charity TRAID, offers her top tips in a video created in partnership with The People Space. TRAID is a UK charity working to tackle the negative socio-environmental impacts of production,Continue reading “Sustainable Leadership: How to put people at the heart of the green economy”

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Resetting capitalism: How organisations can work for progress, people and planet

Capitalism as we have known it is in crisis. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) concerns are taking centre stage in business as never before, with employees, customers and shareholders expecting so much more from corporations than the pursuit of profit. Analysis by Bloomberg Intelligence shows that ESG assets may account for a third of all assets underContinue reading “Resetting capitalism: How organisations can work for progress, people and planet”

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Nicola asks if companies ‘spend more to spill more’?

PhD graduate Nicola Croxton has discussed her research looking at how firms use their corporate social responsibility (CSR) and corporate political activity as a means to improve their overall performance. You can watch Nicola talk about her research and why she chose OUBS here. She successfully passed her PhD viva in October 2020 with her thesis, ‘The internationalisationContinue reading “Nicola asks if companies ‘spend more to spill more’?”

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Innovation adopted during COVID-19 is now “business as usual” according to OU research

The Leading school learning through COVID-19 and beyond project, led by Dr Jacqueline Baxter, together with Dr Katharine Jewitt and University of Reading colleague Professor Alan Floyd, are investigating online learning and strategic planning through, and post, lockdown in English secondary schools. Early findings indications New and innovative practices adopted during COVID-19 born out of necessity are reported as now beingContinue reading “Innovation adopted during COVID-19 is now “business as usual” according to OU research”

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The Bourne Legacy – there’s more to come from MBA alumnus Des

On the 20th anniversary of Des Bourne being celebrated as The Open University Business School’s 10,000th MBA graduate in July 2001, he outlines in his own words how his studies have helped him in the intervening two decades. After graduating as the OU’s ‘10,000th MBA’ in 2001, the qualification broadened my horizons and changed theContinue reading “The Bourne Legacy – there’s more to come from MBA alumnus Des”

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Jo’s on The One Show talking about the menopause

OUBS academic Professor Jo Brewis was a guest on the BBC’s primetime television programme, The One Show. The Professor of People and Organisations spoke to BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin in a feature on the menopause and working women last Thursday (1 July). Jo was chosen as an expert on menopause at work on the basis of her co-authorship of theContinue reading “Jo’s on The One Show talking about the menopause”

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OUBS PhD graduate marks Refugee Week

Marco Distinto, an Open University Business School PhD graduate, marked the beginning of Refugee Week 2021 by discussing his PhD research, which looks at the human stories behind the 2015 refugee crisis in Italy.  As a migrant from the South of Italy, Marco wanted to challenge current ideological discourses around migration by sharing the real stories of migrants and the people whoContinue reading “OUBS PhD graduate marks Refugee Week”

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Impact of COVID-19 on weddings reinforces need for marriage law reforms, experts say

Coronavirus disruption to weddings has highlighted the complexity and antiquity of marriage law and reinforced the need for reform, a new study shows. During the pandemic the ease and speed with which couples were able to marry has depended on their chosen route into marriage – religious or civil – experts have found. Rules toContinue reading “Impact of COVID-19 on weddings reinforces need for marriage law reforms, experts say”

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