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Delivering Sexual Harassment

  In our first blog of the new year, Professor Jo Brewis explores the ways in which the gig economy is providing an insidious new means for women to be exposed to sexual harassment. When strangers know phone numbers and addresses, how safe can women be?   Like women across the world, I have experienced […]

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 […]

The Business of Bikes, and Cycling for England

    Charlotte Smith, a lecturer at ULSB and world class cyclist, discusses the tensions between amateurism and commercialism in the world of international cycling.   On the 27th of August I rode for Great Britain Masters at the Gran Fondo World Championships in Albi, France. I’ve competed in various sports all my life and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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