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Balancing work and childcare

Balancing work and childcare Test

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Involvement in social enterprise gives students untold benefits

Keep-On-Keep-Up, Clintouch, Give Me Tap, 4Lunch, The Ash Company, Invisible Manchester and Bundlee. These are just some of the social enterprise businesses that the University …

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Companies should consider consumer perceptions when launching greener products

Companies need to think about both positive and negative consumer perceptions when launching greener products, says Jonatan Pinkse. The fact that global sales of electric …

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The risk of disturbances to global supply chains

Whether it’s the huge impact of the pandemic, or the recent blocking of the Suez Canal, the risk of disturbances to global supply chains has …

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Planning for recovery

Now is the time for businesses to look again at their funding options, says Ian Hardman. Ian is one of our guest speakers at our …

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Community resilience: A new capability for local resilience

As part of its emergency planning efforts, the UK government identifies and develops capabilities and resources that can be deployed in the event of a …

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Addressing global sustainability challenges

Sustainability transitions are not yet unfolding at sufficient scale and speed, says Frank Geels. I recently had the pleasure to contribute to the first Nobel …

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Responding to a changing cyber landscape

As digitisation accelerates it becomes even more essential to ensure information systems are safe, says Richard Allmendinger. As we have all witnessed first-hand, the pandemic …

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Making healthier decisions

Emerging technologies have a key role to play in assessing our future disease risks, says Marzena Nieroda. As an academic I have always been very …

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The rhetoric and reality of data science

Organisations can gain more business value from advanced analytics by recognising and overcoming a number of common obstacles, says Mayur Joshi. Rhetoric around the potential …

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Importance of scale-up companies

Scale-up businesses need to play a vital role in the ‘levelling up’ agenda, says Russell Miller. This government has of course pushed geographic inequalities to …

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Gender and food retailing

Gender segregation is embedded in food retail roles. Abbie Winton looks at how this can change. Supermarket shopping of old has, perhaps, changed forever with demand …

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How COVID-19 has impacted our working lives

Kara Ng and David Holman argue that the pandemic represents an opportunity to make positive changes in the workplace. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone …

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