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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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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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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Well done to Cristina on her viva success

Congratulations to Cristina Mititelu who passed her PhD viva on 7 May 2021 with her thesis, ‘The commissioning for social value and voluntary sector organizations: tensions in implementation’. The panel was chaired by Prof Les Budd, the external examiner was Prof Joyce Liddle (Northumbria University) and the internal examiner was Dr Francesca Calo. Cristina’s supervisors are DrContinue reading “Well done to Cristina on her viva success”

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Alessandro deserves his place in the top 40

An OUBS academic has been named as one of the best 40 under-40 business school professors by the prestigious Poets&Quants. Now in its ninth year, this identifies the most talented young professors currently teaching in MBA programmes around the world.  Dr Alessandro Sancino is a Senior Lecturer in Management with OUBS and Associate Professor at theContinue reading “Alessandro deserves his place in the top 40”

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Resetting trust in work

The pandemic cast a spotlight on much-hyped corporate purpose statements. In the glare of scrutiny, when the chips were down, organisations saw an uncomfortable question come to the fore: were they living up to the ideals they espoused? Some clearly weren’t. Remote working has shown that many managers and businesses struggle to trust workers whenContinue reading “Resetting trust in work”

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Academy of Management recognition for Jeanette

Congratulations to Jeanette Hartley who has had a paper accepted for the virtual 81st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management (AOM) on 29 July – 4 August this year. Her paper, ‘Management Consultants Navigating Competing Systems of Engagement’, was judged by AOM’s reviewers to be one of the best accepted papers in the programme. This entitlesContinue reading “Academy of Management recognition for Jeanette”

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A letter to First Years

Open Justice student and regular blog contributor Dona Mclachlan shares her experience of studying law at The Open University with students who are first starting out on their OU journey. As you stand at the foot of the mountain of higher education, some of you may be on a familiar climb others new to the experience.Continue reading “A letter to First Years”

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New Director of FBL’s Research Degrees Programme

The new Director of the FBL Research Degrees Programme is Dr Nicoleta Tipi who will work with incumbent Prof Emma Bell over the next few months before taking up her role on 1 August 2021. The Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain in the OU Business School was appointed following interviews at the endContinue reading “New Director of FBL’s Research Degrees Programme”

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Viva success for Akash

Congratulations to Akash Puranik who passed his viva with very minor corrections on Wednesday 10 March 2021 with his thesis, ‘The Human Work of Collaboration: Towards an Understanding of Informal Unstructured Collaborative Projects’. The panel was chaired by Dr Anja Schaefer, the internal examiner was Dr Nik Winchester and the external examiner was Dr ChristinaContinue reading “Viva success for Akash”

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