Research into extent and nature of dog theft in the UK

Dog theft has featured heavily in the media recently, with victims sharing the distress of having a much loved pet stolen. It’s an issue that hit the headlines last week when singer Lady Gaga had two French bulldogs stolen, with her dog walker actually shot during the robbery in Los Angeles. DogLost, a UK charityContinue reading “Research into extent and nature of dog theft in the UK”

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The value of small and local charities …. in a big crisis

The Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL) is part of the research team, funded by the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, which has launched The Value of Small in a Big Crisis report. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, this builds on and expands the findings of the original The Value of Small research in 2018. TheContinue reading “The value of small and local charities …. in a big crisis”

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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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How Covid-19 and technology could transform the dispute resolution system

Dr Clare Jones is a Senior Law Lecturer at The Open University, and a member of the LIFT (Law, Information, Future, Technology) research cluster @OU_LIFT The current pandemic has forced a lot of people to change patterns of behaviour and how normal activities are approached and carried out. In normal circumstances, change in the legal system is oftenContinue reading “How Covid-19 and technology could transform the dispute resolution system”

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OUBS leads ground-breaking £300k project on online learning and strategic planning through, and post, lockdown in English secondary schools

A team led by Dr Jacqueline Baxter of The Open University Business School has been awarded nearly £300,000 to investigate online learning and strategic planning through, and post, lockdown in English secondary schools. ‘Leading school learning through Covid-19 and beyond’, in collaboration with Professor Alan Floyd from the University of Reading, is believed to be the first project ofContinue reading “OUBS leads ground-breaking £300k project on online learning and strategic planning through, and post, lockdown in English secondary schools”

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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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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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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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