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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 […]

The secret peacemaker: A quiet leader of our time

Professor Mark Stein of the School of Business mourns the key intermediary between the British government and the IRA with Leicester connections, who has died aged 80. Brendan Duddy   Brendan Duddy, the ‘secret peacemaker’ and intermediary between the British government and the IRA during the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland, has died aged 80 in […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

This is England, or did I inadvertently predict Brexit?

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 […]

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 […]

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