In The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent source of news and views, sourced from the academic and research community and delivered direct to the public. Academics from all over the world contribute to discussion on The Conversation, including those here at Birmingham Business School.

Here you will find the articles contributed by our academics from across all four departments that make up the Business School.

A fourth industrial revolution is powering the rise of smart manufacturing

A fourth industrial revolution is powering the rise of smart manufacturing
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Lisa De Propris in the Conversation: A wave of technological innovation has started to fundamentally alter how we make stuff. It signals an era of huge change.
Date:
21/06/2016

What will happen to Britain's finances if it leaves the EU?

What will happen to Britain's finances if it leaves the EU?
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John Fender in the Conversation: An 'emergency budget' may not be necessary but that doesn't mean the UK will be awash with cash saved from its EU budget contributions.
Date:
20/06/2016

How a John Lewis style co-op could save the Port Talbot steelworks

How a John Lewis style co-op could save the Port Talbot steelworks
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Scott Taylor in the Conversation: John Lewis shows how co-ops can be an exemplar of good business – both financially and for their customers and employees.
Date:
13/05/2016

We must stop looking at EU migrants as coming from two Europes – the east, and everywhere else

We must stop looking at EU migrants as coming from two Europes – the east, and everywhere else
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Catherine Harris in The Conversation: Six countries account for half of the EU migrants to the UK – but they're not all from eastern Europe.
Date:
21/04/2016

How business is devising new ways to rip off workers

How business is devising new ways to rip off workers
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Senior Lecturer in HRM and Industrial Relations Geraint Harvey with colleagues in The Conversation: Businesses are reducing the UK tax take with a new form of self-employment which harks back to mediaeval England.
Date:
12/04/2016

Sorry Jamie Oliver, I'd be surprised if sugar tax helped cut obesity

Sorry Jamie Oliver, I'd be surprised if sugar tax helped cut obesity
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Professor of Marketing Isabelle Szmigin in The Conversation: Why Britain's obesity crusader could be heading for disappointment.
Date:
18/03/2016

Budget 2016: why growth isn't Osborne's biggest concern right now

Budget 2016: why growth isn't Osborne's biggest concern right now
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Professor of Macroeconomics John Fender reflects on the 2016 Budget in The Conversation.
Date:
17/03/2016

Behind Barbie's success – the cautious evolution of an iconic doll

Behind Barbie's success – the cautious evolution of an iconic doll
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Professor of Marketing Isabelle Szmigin in The Conversation: Despite her age Barbie hasn't matured – a successful formula that has worked for Mattel.
Date:
04/02/2016
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