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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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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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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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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MBA Skills for Hacking COVID-19

Social entrepreneur Dr Zoe Lawson, an MBA alumna and member of The Open University Business School Alumni Council, describes how her OU study experiences are helping with an ongoing project in her adopted Switzerland. I was awarded an OU MBA with distinction in 2015 and found my learning journey immensely rewarding. Since then, I notice that I’m continually presented with opportunitiesContinue reading “MBA Skills for Hacking COVID-19”

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How did business leaders cope and innovate during COVID-19?

Jedrzej George Frynas is Professor of Strategic Management in the OU Business School. This text is based on the C-19 Innovation and Leadership webinar series, organised by the OU Business School and The Whole Thing Group. In our C-19 Innovation and Leadership webinar series, we questioned 12 international business leaders on how their businesses coped with and innovatedContinue reading “How did business leaders cope and innovate during COVID-19?”

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