Performing performativity

  Ekaterina Svetlova, associate professor of accounting and finance at ULSB (es285@le.ac.uk), and Ivan Boldyrev (Radboud University, Netherlands) recently published an edited volume “Enacting Dismal Science: New Perspectives on the Performativity of Economics” which is concerned with the question of how the concept of performativity (still) matters. In this post, she discusses why her book […]

Professor Alan Bryman: 1947-2017

  Alan Bryman, Emeritus Professor in the School of Management (now Business School) at the University of Leicester died on Thursday the 20th July 2017 at the age of 69. According to his wife, Sue, the cancer progressed very quickly in the last few weeks. He was not in pain, was very peaceful, and his […]

Is informal workplace learning always invisible?

  ULSB Research Associate and graduate Dr Kath Atkinson (kja16@le.ac.uk) reflects on a new report about older workers, and the assumptions it makes about their learning.   How can a prominent UK government initiative to keep ageing workers in employment fail to incorporate a major form of workplace learning? The Department of Work and Pensions […]

Korean Women and the ‘Cat’s Labour Union’

  In this week’s blog, ULSB PhD student Chanhyo Jeong (cj156@le.ac.uk) 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, […]

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

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 […]

University of Sanctuary, University of Refuge

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 […]

What happens when the cash disappears?

  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 spj15@le.ac.uk.   At the stroke of midnight on November 8, 2016, India launched what seemed like an extraordinary experiment in monetary economics. Identifying India’s historical […]

Fair Game? A Reviewers Tale

  Emeritus Professor Peter Armstrong (p.armstrong@le.ac.uk) 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 […]

Doomsday Scenarios? Decisions, Deals and The Donald

  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 […]

Do Managers Make Teams Successful?

  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 […]

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