OUBS expert speaks to House of Lords Covid-19 Committee’s inquiry

Dr Jamie Woodcock made several recommendations when he was invited to give oral evidence at the House of Lords Covid-19 Committee inquiry. The focus of this session in early February was understanding the impacts on work, within the context of increasing digitalisation and automation, with the long-term impacts on wellbeing. The Senior Lecturer in Management’s recommendationsContinue reading “OUBS expert speaks to House of Lords Covid-19 Committee’s inquiry”

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Empowering female electrical engineers in the Middle East and Africa

MBA alumnus Ahmed El-Hamaky is Regional Manager – Middle East, Africa and Turkey, for OMICRON and is based in Bahrain. When I was studying the change management module with The Open University back in 2013, specifically the six-step model of change, I wondered if I could inspire huge change with one step and then othersContinue reading “Empowering female electrical engineers in the Middle East and Africa”

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Online induction for students recruited in another successful call

Nine new PhD students started in the Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) on Monday 1 February 2021. This is the second group of students to have received their induction online and started their studies remotely while the Milton Keynes campus remains closed due to Covid-19. Current PhD student Olga Solovyeva captured efforts to welcomeContinue reading “Online induction for students recruited in another successful call”

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Dave’s viva success is now a Shaw thing

Congratulations to Dave Shaw who passed his PhD viva on 9 December 2020 with his thesis, ‘How can the creation and maintenance of partnerships contribute to national social marketing campaigns in England?’ Supervised by Dr Fiona Harris and Dr Haider Ali, the external examiner was Dr Christine Domegan (JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics,Continue reading “Dave’s viva success is now a Shaw thing”

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One of our own completes his PhD

Congratulations to Julian Sidoli who passed his PhD viva on 19 January 2021 with his thesis, ‘Disputing in the Urban Environment’. Supervised by Prof Simon Lee and Prof Paul Catley, the exam panel was chaired by Dr Andrew Gilbert, the external examiners were Prof Bryan Clark (Newcastle Law School) and Dr Paul Chynoweth (University ofContinue reading “One of our own completes his PhD”

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Researching the impact of Covid-19 on the future workplace

A project to assess the future workplace as a result of Covid-19 has received funding from the OU’s Rapid Response scheme. Dr Hilary Collins, a Senior Lecturer in Corporate Programmes for Executive Education, has received £7,500 to assess the impact of the pandemic on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements for organisational development in the UK.Continue reading “Researching the impact of Covid-19 on the future workplace”

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“We do good things, don’t we?”: considerations about social enterprises’ evaluation approaches

This blog is written by Dr Francesca Calo, Lecturer in Management at The Open University Business School (OUBS). This blog was originally published on 2 February 2021 and was written for the OUBS Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise (PuLSE) blog. In 2009, Alex Nicholls titled his article, in which he discusses the emergent reporting practicesContinue reading ““We do good things, don’t we?”: considerations about social enterprises’ evaluation approaches”

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Ambition in a Time of Crisis

Dr Zoe Lawson is a social entrepreneur, MBA alumna and member of the OU Business School’s Alumni Council. What is Ambition and is it Good or Bad? Most of us if pressed for a definition would say that ambition involves some sort of striving for achievement. Whether we define it as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ isContinue reading “Ambition in a Time of Crisis”

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Building Resilience in Pandemic Times

Social entrepreneur Dr Zoe Lawson is an MBA alumna and member of the OU Business School’s Alumni Council. Resilience;  noun The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity. Like nylon. Ladies, think of that springy shapewear designed to disguise lumps and bumps. MenContinue reading “Building Resilience in Pandemic Times”

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