Strategic Agility in Uncertain Times

Jedrzej George Frynas is Professor of Strategic Management in the OU Business School. This text is based on the Strategic agility and leadership in uncertain times webinar, held on Wednesday 25 November 2020. In a fast-changing, turbulent environment that we are currently experiencing, the challenge is how an organisation can remain flexible and can quickly adapt to newContinue reading “Strategic Agility in Uncertain Times”

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Coronavirus is no longer seen as high risk by many – and that’s undermining control measures

During the era of US prohibition, illegal speakeasies thrived. And while the UK socially distances, there are similar reports of secret parties and raves today. Beyond such gatherings, there have been anecdotes of people from all walks of life ignoring advice to self-isolate, illicitly mixing with other households and refusing to wear masks. Research suggests that although most people in the UK intend to follow socialContinue reading “Coronavirus is no longer seen as high risk by many – and that’s undermining control measures”

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Policing project is financed by OU’s Covid-19 fund

Mark Fenton-O’Creevy, Professor of Organisational Behaviour in the OU Business School, is leading on a project to research senior policing decision-making in the context of the radical uncertainties of the pandemic. Also involved in the project, which has been awarded an OU Covid-19 grant for £15,700, are Dr Nicky Miller and Dr Helen Selby-Fell in the Centre for Policing ResearchContinue reading “Policing project is financed by OU’s Covid-19 fund”

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5 paradoxical tensions facing HR leaders

Dr Layla Branicki is Senior Lecturer in HRM and Organisation Studies, based in the OU Business School’s Department for People and Organisations (DPO). This article is based on a project conducted with Dr Senia Kalfa (Macquarie University, Australia) and Professor Stephen Brammer (University of Bath, UK) about how Australian organisations have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Research highlightsContinue reading “5 paradoxical tensions facing HR leaders”

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Reading in lockdown: The future of charity?

Carol Jacklin-Jarvis, Director of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, has taken inspiration from lockdown reading to consider the notion and role of charity in the 21st century. When I worked in the voluntary sector in the 1990s, the word charity was rarely used – it was seen to be old-fashioned and somewhat patronising. I’ve noticed that the termContinue reading “Reading in lockdown: The future of charity?”

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Taxing financial winners from coronavirus to pay for the crisis – lessons from WW1

The enormous impact of COVID-19 on the world has drawn comparisons with the first world war. Historian Niall Ferguson, for example, points to the financial panic, global reach, economic dislocation and popular alarm of both crises. Both events have cost the UK enormous sums, driving government debt today to over £2 trillion, equivalent to over 100% of GDP.Continue reading “Taxing financial winners from coronavirus to pay for the crisis – lessons from WW1”

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First findings on impact of COVID-19 on the UK self-employed

Elizabeth Daniel, Professor of Information Management in the OU Business School, and her collaborators have completed the first stage of a COVID-19 Rapid Response grant of £178,000 by UK Research and Innovation and the Economic and Social Research Council under their COVID-19 research funding. Professor Daniel is working with collaborators from the University of Southampton andContinue reading “First findings on impact of COVID-19 on the UK self-employed”

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COVID-19 & the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, West Africa

This blog was written by Adedamola Gbolahan, PhD Student in the OU Law School. Adedamola is a trained Nigerian lawyer with experience in international law, corporate law and law of taxation. She holds an LLB degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, a BL from the Nigerian Law School and was called to the bar as a barrister and solicitor of theContinue reading “COVID-19 & the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, West Africa”

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More sustainable universities in a post-COVID world?

This blog was written for this series by Dr Anwar Halari, Lecturer in Accounting in the OU Business School. Anwar’s current research is in the area of accountability and sustainability where he is investigating the role of accountants in the move towards sustainability, with a particular emphasis on the circular economy. Other areas of research he is alsoContinue reading “More sustainable universities in a post-COVID world?”

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How peer mentoring can support students during the pandemic

This blog was written for this series by Louise Taylor, Lecturer in Law, Carol Edwards, Student Experience Manager, Liz Hardie, Teaching Director and Lorraine Gregory, an Educational Advisor. As the new academic year is about to begin, many universities are planning to use an online or blended learning model in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In light ofContinue reading “How peer mentoring can support students during the pandemic”

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