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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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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