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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Technological disruptions in business – does it change everything? Webinar Recording

Our Business Perspectives webinar on “Technological disruptions in business – does it change everything?” took place on Monday 2 July. If you missed the webinar or want to watch it again, it is now available to view on demand. If you haven’t already, you will need to complete the registration form for access. WATCH THEContinue reading “Technological disruptions in business – does it change everything? Webinar Recording”

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Money for nothing? The pros and cons of a ‘basic income’

The recent news that the Finnish Government will not be expanding its trial which provided 2,000 unemployed people with a state-supplied basic income has sparked fresh debate on the topic. A basic income is defined as ‘a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement’. ItContinue reading “Money for nothing? The pros and cons of a ‘basic income’”

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Do we need to regulate blockchain technology?

By Robert Herian, Lecturer in Law, The Open University Law School Blockchain technologies first emerged as the architecture making Bitcoin work after the 2008 financial crisis, and arguably as a direct response to it. Since then, blockchains have been promoted as a means of conducting peer-to-peer, decentralised networking in a variety of sectors in orderContinue reading “Do we need to regulate blockchain technology?”

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Have we anything to fear from the ‘fourth industrial revolution’?

By Dr Charles Barthold, Lecturer in People Management, The Open University Business School A life full of copious amounts of leisure time with mundane tasks a thing of the past, or a world with mass unemployment which is ruled by machines? Nobody is quite sure what the period we are entering, often referred to as theContinue reading “Have we anything to fear from the ‘fourth industrial revolution’?”

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Video Highlights: The Future of Work 4.0: Disruptive technologies, opportunity or threat?

Are we in the dawn of a new era? Technology is rapidly changing both our work and lives. Many experts are predicting that we are rapidly headed toward a ‘fourth industrial revolution’. In this masterclass, held on 2 May in London, Lecturer in People Management Dr Charles Barthold asked how can the rapid technological advancesContinue reading “Video Highlights: The Future of Work 4.0: Disruptive technologies, opportunity or threat?”

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