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Google’s YouTube Battles with Big Brands

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 09:01
Here’s a short article I wrote for The Conversation on Google’s current battles with brands… More on this to come I think. Originally published at Continue reading →

‘Seasonal, unprotected and undocumented’: What will post-Brexit immigration look like?

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 20:59
Now that Prime Minister Teresa May has signed Article 50, ULSB’s Dr Fabian Frenzel discusses the possibilities for post-Brexit immigration. There has been much debate about the post-Brexit trade deals for the UK, following the stated aim of the government to not maintain membership in the single market. Much less attention has been placed the […] Originally published at Continue reading →

Korean Women and the ‘Cat’s Labour Union’

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 20:28
  In this week’s blog, ULSB PhD student Chanhyo Jeong ( writes about the women’s protests in South Korea, an inspiring story of how the relentless power of people can sometimes overturn the most powerful regimes.   South Korean democracy is only 30 years old. After the civil uprising in 1987, military dictatorship was ended. However, […] Originally published at Continue reading →

A minor victory for TEAM CLULEY

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 15:03
I happened to be looking at my own paper in the European Journal of Marketing and saw that it’s in the most read papers for the last week! Originally published at Continue reading →

Circling The Square: Stories of an Unsettled Self

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 21:51
Dr Robert Grafton Small, who had been an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the School of Management for well over a decade, died in Glasgow on February 28th 2017.   RIP Bob Grafton-Small 1950-2017. My title is the title of one of his chapters, a typically allusive play on words by someone who combined keen intelligence […] Originally published at Continue reading →

Are employees who revolt against their managers always ‘snakes’?

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 18:51
In his second blog on the theme, ULSB PhD student Rasim Kurdoglu explores the recent sacking of Leicester City’s manager and the suggestion that this was caused by a player revolt.     Is it justifiable to allow employees to revolt against their managers? Can subordinates question the skills of those who run organizations? In […] Originally published at Continue reading →

This is England, or did I inadvertently predict Brexit?

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 18:31
Richard Courtney reflects on the decade since his PhD, and in the light of Brexit and Trump, asks whether the social sciences have forgotten the white English working class.   It was ten years ago that I finished the field work for my PhD in sociology here at Leicester. It was a study of Thurrock […] Originally published at Continue reading →

University of Sanctuary, University of Refuge

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 07:43
This week, Martin Parker considers whether the University of Leicester should commit to being a University of Sanctuary for refugees.   A sanctuary is a place which is sacred, or more generally, somewhere that is protected from the outside. A room of one’s own, a walled garden, a refuge, a defence against the hostility of […] Originally published at Continue reading →

What happens when the cash disappears?

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 09:12
  ULSB PhD student Secki Jose explores the paradoxical effects of India’s recent decision to get rid of some of its banknotes to combat corruption. Secki can be emailed on   At the stroke of midnight on November 8, 2016, India launched what seemed like an extraordinary experiment in monetary economics. Identifying India’s historical […] Originally published at Continue reading →

Fair Game? A Reviewers Tale

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 09:43
  Emeritus Professor Peter Armstrong ( discusses an episode in the journal reviewing process that led him to believe that power and politics play their part too.   Around 1990 I still believed that peer review worked as it is supposed to do. I had begun my career as a reviewer at the journal Work […] Originally published at Continue reading →

Doomsday Scenarios? Decisions, Deals and The Donald

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 17:18
  Professor Rolland Munro discusses the difference between decision making, and doing deals. Can a entrepreneurial business leader run an economy in the way that they run their business?   Much attention is focused on the “decisions” being made by Donald Trump in these first weeks of his Presidency. Decisions once upon a time relied […] Originally published at Continue reading →