The School for Business?

In this blog, Professor Martin Parker offers some personal reflections on changes in the teaching and research of management at Leicester in the fifteen years he has worked here. Does a business school have to be ‘for’ business?   When I arrived at the then Management Centre at Leicester University in 2003 it was to […]

Ex academia luxus: Or Why do we pay to access academic publications?

  In this week’s blog, School of Business doctoral student Secki Jose ( explores why universities are paying more and more to access the knowledge that their academics produce.   In recent years, academic publications have been coming under greater scrutiny due to the difficulties caused by the restrictions on access and spiralling costs. It […]

Backward schedule your Christmas turkey (under finite resources)

In this week’s blog, Dr Nicola Bateman, Associate Professor Operations Management ( uses operations management to get all the bits of your Christmas dinner on the table at the same time.   For Christmas this blog is a bit less serious and is about bringing Operations Management into your kitchen.  Operations Management (OM) is a […]

Macron’s labour reforms are a major test for France’s trade unions

  Heather Connolly, Associate Professor of Employment Relations at ULSB (, on why President Macron’s labour reforms are a major test for France’s trade unions. Are they part of a programme of state-led liberalization which will shift the balance of power towards employers and test trade union strength and unity? (This blog was originally published on […]

Invisible Hands, and the Market as Storytelling

  Valerie Hamilton, co-author of Daniel Defoe and the Bank of England with Martin Parker from ULSB muses on the way in which Adam Smith and subsequent economists have used the famous metaphor of an ‘invisible hand’.   The invisible hand of Adam Smith turns up everywhere these days, as for example in George Monbiot’s […]

Performing performativity

  Ekaterina Svetlova, associate professor of accounting and finance at ULSB (, 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 ( 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 ( 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 […]

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