COVID-19 and International Child Abduction: Children’s Stories

Allison Wolfreys is a Lecturer in Law in the OU Law School and a member of the European Children’s Rights Unit, a research-intensive cluster located within the University of Liverpool’s School of Law and Social Justice. Members of the unit have produced a series of briefings outlining the impact of COVID-19 on different aspects of children’s lives and rights. The range of publications highlightContinue reading “COVID-19 and International Child Abduction: Children’s Stories”

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New research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the self-employed

An OU academic is leading the expert panel strand of a new research project to consider the impacts of COVID-19 on the self-employed in the UK. Professor Elizabeth Daniel, Professor of Information Management in OU’s Faculty of Business and Law and her collaborators have been awarded a COVID-19 Rapid Response grant of £178,000 by UKContinue reading “New research into the impacts of COVID-19 on the self-employed”

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The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on weddings

This blog is written by Dr Stephanie Pywell and Professor Rebecca Probert. Stephanie is a Senior Lecturer in Law at The Open University, and a member of the Feminism, Gender and the Law research cluster; Rebecca is Professor of Law at the University of Exeter. Like most other spheres of human activity, weddings were seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.Continue reading “The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on weddings”

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Making decisions during a pandemic

Prof. Mark Fenton-O’Creevy has been studying how high impact decisions get made in the face of uncertainty for nearly thirty years. In this blog, he draws on this research and work with a national research network to consider decision-making during the Covid-19 crisis. He discusses the role of stories and emotions in how we thinkContinue reading “Making decisions during a pandemic”

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Social innovating for a better tomorrow

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how society can innovate at speed. And while the focus for now is on helping each other, this social innovation demonstrates how we can all make an impact. Let’s start thinking now about how we can use this to improve society going forward, says Professor George Frynas from The OpenContinue reading “Social innovating for a better tomorrow”

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Business Network Breakfast Briefing: Work and Meaning

Why do we work? What does work mean to you? Have you ever wondered why some people get so much satisfaction from their job while others never seem to be very engaged or motivated? Is it something that we have inside of us or are we influenced by external factors? If it’s within us, thenContinue reading “Business Network Breakfast Briefing: Work and Meaning”

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Business Network Breakfast Briefing: Managing non-market risk to foreign investments: do nothing or manage actively?

The latest Business Network Breakfast Briefing saw Dr Anna John use examples from all over the world as she explored three approaches to managing political risks to foreign investments. The Lecturer in Strategic Management presented her research and took questions at the Milton Keynes campus on Tuesday 9 April. Her presentation, ‘Managing non-market risk to foreign investments:Continue reading “Business Network Breakfast Briefing: Managing non-market risk to foreign investments: do nothing or manage actively?”

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Big data, CSR and sustainability

Big data analytics seems entirely absent in research on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. Yet the potential of big data to advance environmental and social concerns is enormous. Big data analytics is about analysing very large structured datasets (e.g. those drawn from financial records and stock exchanges) and unstructured datasets (e.g. those generated byContinue reading “Big data, CSR and sustainability”

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Recording available: Business Network Breakfast Briefing: The challenge of smart contracts

Our Business Network Breakfast Briefing: The challenge of smart contracts took place on 29 November 2018. The aim of this briefing was to explore some of the challenges that smart contracts pose to business as well as law, beginning with what is perhaps the most contentious issue of all: what should we be calling them?Continue reading “Recording available: Business Network Breakfast Briefing: The challenge of smart contracts”

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Event – Business Network Breakfast Briefing: The challenge of smart contracts

The Open University Business Network and Business Perspectives Programme are here to share insights to help your business flourish. This Breakfast Briefing will be led by Dr Robert Herian, Senior Law Lecturer at The Open University Law School. What’s in a name? The challenge of smart contracts When’s a contract not a contract? When it’s a smart contract! I think weContinue reading “Event – Business Network Breakfast Briefing: The challenge of smart contracts”

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