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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 →

After Brexit, Trump?

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 17:18
  Dr Fabian Frenzel of the Management and Organization Division of the School discusses the Anti-Trump protests across the UK and what they mean for Brexit Britain. How are the two connected?   UK wide protests against the Trump administration have hit the streets since the new president issued a controversial travel ban for seven […] Originally published at Continue reading →

Do Managers Make Teams Successful?

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 17:32
  ULSB PhD student Rasim Kurdoglu (rsk15) considers just what we can learn from Leicester City’s lack of success this season.   Unlike most industries, managers in team sports are paid less than many of the team players. Sport is an activity in which team players’ performance is directly visible, therefore clearly appreciable. But surely […] Originally published at Continue reading →

Why target people with ads who are turned off by targeted ads?

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:25
For several years the DNT (Do Not Track) initiative has been trying to formalise a standard feature for the worldwide web to allow users to tell a website whether they are happy to have their activities tracked by the website … Continue reading → Originally published at Continue reading →

Don’t mention the War

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 14:18
Stephen Dunne, Lecturer in Social Theory and Consumption and the School, considers the strange role played by mottos in the marketing of Higher Education    When the University of Leicester recently changed its corporate logo, the decision was made to omit its inaugural motto from the crest’s imagery. And so a few Latin words, themselves […] Originally published at Continue reading →