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News Archive 2015

22 December 2015: Rob Briner appointed Honorary Fellow by Institute for Employment Studies

Rob is one of seventy-two individuals elected to this prestigious Fellowship which brings together those at the forefront of employment issues.

22 December 2015: Accounting and Finance students experience Harley-Davidson

Students on the Strategic Financial Decisions module of our BSc in Accounting and Finance experienced two exciting interactions with Harley-Davidson recently.

17 December 2015: Christmas advertisers pluck too hard on the heartstrings

Dr Robert Heath writes in The Guardian that emotion presented subtly in ads works far better than ramming it down your throat, which is currently the most popular strategy used by marketers at Christmas.

17 December 2015: Students put on a vintage party for people with dementia

A team of postgraduate students from the School of Management organised a vintage Christmas tea party for local people with dementia to bring back memories of Christmas past, at Alzheimer’s Society’s Pinelea Day Centre in Midsomer Norton.

14 December 2015: Bad reviews: Why is traditional performance management falling from favour?

If feedback from senior managers, employees and HRs themselves is anything to go by, performance management is under-performing.

Annual appraisals are viewed as an inefficient chore, and systems which rank employees as potentially divisive. For instance, the opaque metrics and individual managers' preferences which often determine bonuses can cause disputes at this time of year. The difficulty is deciding what should replace existing evaluation methods.

14 December 2015: Why soft climate deals are better than tough ones

The Paris climate talks have been heralded as a historic deal. But while they have been praised for the very feat of reaching an agreement and for setting an ambitious aim to keep warming below 2℃ and endeavouring to limit it to 1.5℃, the agreement has been criticised for being weak. In terms of achieving the 1.5℃ limit, it is up to the states themselves to change their behaviour and they can pull out of the agreement at any point. This, however, might not be such a bad thing.

04 December 2015: Fame and bullying on Yik Yak - and how to deal with it

A social media platform called Yik Yak that has taken universities by storm is also raising concerns over anonymous cyberbullying of students and academics. Yik Yak, which lets users comment anonymously on events and issues in their local area, has been at the centre of allegations of bullying and other forms of abuse.

03 December 2015: Olympian Lawrence Clarke clears Masters hurdle to graduate

Olympic hurdler Lawrence Clarke, who finished fourth in the London 2012 Olympic Games 110m Hurdles Final, will graduate with an Msc in Management at Bath Assembly Rooms on Tuesday 8 December.

02 December 2015: Why struggling economies have a stake in COP21

Kostas Iatridis discusses the benefits of tackling climate change in Europe, even for those countries in economic crisis, for The Conversation.

02 December 2015: Lowering lot size benefits stock exchanges and investors

Removing constraints on the minimum number of shares that can be traded in a single transaction on the stock exchange would benefit individual investors and exchanges around the world, according to new research.

26 November 2015: School of Management researchers advise the UK ceramics industry

Dr Rob Branston, Dr Felicia Fai, and Dr Phil Tomlinson have conducted a research report on the importance of international trade fairs for stimulating innovation in the ceramic industry.

26 November 2015: Visiting Professor Roger King discusses effects of the Spending Review on education

Chancellor George Osborne has set out government spending plans up to 2020. Prof King, amongst other experts, gives his thoughts on how the axe has fallen.

25 November 2015: Bath ranked in top ten of world’s best universities under 50

The University of Bath has jumped five places to a record high of 7th in this year’s QS ‘50 under 50’ rankings of the world’s best universities under 50 years of age.

20 November 2015: Visit by the Hungarian Ambassador

On 6 November the Hungarian Ambassador visited the University as part of the Embassy's new strategic plan to meet with Hungarian students to share information on Hungary's place in Europe.

20 November 2015: Academic advises on ethics for regulators

Professor Ania Zalewska has taken part in an expert roundtable discussion on the ethical standards of regulators, organised by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL).

18 November 2015: The predictable consumer no longer exists - our desires are too random

Professor Yiannis Gabriel discusses how our perception of consumers has changed in The Guardian.

11 November 2015: Explainer: new-look regulation on cards for higher education

Universities in the UK face a shakeup in the way they are regulated if proposals set out by the government in a new green paper go ahead as planned; Visiting Professor Roger King writes for The Conversation.

10 November 2015: How susceptible are we to TV advertising?

Dr Robert Heath discusses with Radio 5 Live strategies used by advertising companies [listen from 02.44.29].

10 November 2015: Professor Veronica Hope Hailey featured in HR Magazine on why trust is key to building meaning and purpose at work

Leaders need to take responsibility for scandals and “it’s not good enough” for CEOs to claim that they knew nothing of the unethical activities going on in their organisations, according to HR Most Influential Thinker Veronica Hope Hailey.

27 October 2015: Nine key tips for the campaign to keep Britain in the EU

Donald Lancaster writes an article for The Conversation discussing "In" campaign strategies for the 2017 EU referendum.

23 October 2015: British steel slips into an era of steep decline – it comes as no surprise

Despite cries of foul play, it should not come as a surprise to anyone that the UK steel industry has lost its edge – it was actually lost a while ago. The official line – low prices and a global glut brought on by excess Chinese supply and low demand – is true to some extent. But it tells only part of the story. Dr Baris Yalabik writes in The Conversation.

22 October 2015: Rajani Naidoo comments on Africa's 'teaching shops' (THE)

With the growth of private universities in Africa, Prof Rajani Naidoo warns that programmes such as medicine and engineering at public universities 'may be placed in a vulnerable position'.

19 October 2015: Knocking louder on Europe’s door

Professor Rajani Naidoo is quoted in University World News on what higher education institutions can do for refugees.

19 October 2015: Competition is hindering compassion and conscience

It is clearly very important for universities to contribute to their cities, regions and countries. However, many of the major issues facing humankind such as the destruction of the environment, rising inequality and violence across borders can only be solved by countries and universities working together.

19 October 2015: Expert evidence in call for tobacco tax increases

Research from our Department for Health and School of Management has contributed to a recent report by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smoking and Health calling on the Chancellor to increase tobacco taxes, to fund a reduction in smoking prevalence.

15 October 2015: BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce on Campus

Frank Ludwig, Director of Manufacturing at Rolls-Royce, recently addressed over 300 students from across the School of Management and Faculty of Engineering and Design in a talk on the history of Rolls-Royce.

05 October 2015: Volunteers needed for study investigating consumer responses to service experience

The study involves reading a scenario and answering a questionnaire. It will take place in 8W 1.25 and participants will be reimbursed £5 for their time.

30 September 2015: Bath embarks on ground-breaking deal with South African Government

The University is to provide advanced leadership training to senior South African Higher Education professionals in a ground-breaking new partnership with the South African Government.

29 September 2015: School of Management Faculty in Top 5 HR Most Influential UK Thinkers 2015

Professor Rob Briner, Professor of Organisational Psychology, and Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Dean of the School of Management, have been listed in the top 5 HR most Influential UK Thinkers 2015.

29 September 2015: New report shows HR professionals are providing increasingly sophisticated support behind the scenes of transformational change

A new report by Professors Julia Balogun and Veronica Hope Hailey developed with the Chartered Institute of Professional Development highlights that, just as CEOs and business leaders have demonstrated a greater understanding of what is necessary to implement deep and sustainable change in recent years, senior HR professionals have equally enhanced their knowledge and expertise in the design of change techniques.

28 September 2015: How England’s broken ceramics industry put itself back together

Potteries capital Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire, England, is currently hosting the fourth British Biennial Ceramics festival, an eight-week exhibition and international showcase.

25 September 2015: Why the Volkswagen share price slump goes beyond market logic

Standard financial economics theory states that trading trends are based on rational investors’ expectations of future cashflows, discounted back to wherever the stock had got to at that point. But has the VW share price reaction followed that rationale?

23 September 2015: Number 1 for Business Studies

The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 has ranked the School of Management as first for Business Studies, and fifth for Accounting and Finance, in the UK.

21 September 2015: Bruce Rayton quoted in Times Higher Education article

Bruce gives his opinion on studying abroad and how it enriches not only the student's experience, but also the campus they visit.

18 September 2015: School of Management hosts Academy of Management reception in Vancouver

Professors Veronica Hope Hailey, Dean of the School of Management, and Julia Balogun, Associate Dean for Research, hosted a special reception as part of the annual Academy of Management conference last month.

17 September 2015: Dr Phil Tomlinson and Marc Betton advise House of Commons on a new M4 Junction

A new report identifies a clear business and social case for a new motorway junction at Emersons Green, east of Bristol. The report was launched at the House of Commons by the Gateway2Growth campaign – an action group made up of MPs, business leaders and local supporters.

15 September 2015: Making electric cars fun: why the newest Porsche runs on batteries. Pierre McDonagh featured in The Converstation

After a slow start, electric vehicles are gaining in popularity. London is now host to an electric car-sharing service, which proved successful in Paris.

4 September 2015: Dr Richard Fairchild talks to Forbes on social entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurs are often told to think more socially. It’s what consumers increasingly want to see in the brands they buy from.

For some a social conscience is integral to their business blueprint. For others, it’s something they factor in their growth strategy. Will it influence the people who have the investment capital they need for that growth?

3 September 2015: School of Management excels at Academy of Management 2015

The Academy of Management Annual Meeting is the premier conference for more than 10,000 students, academics, scholars, and professionals in the scholarly management and organization space. The 75th Annual Meeting was recently held in Vancouver, Canada.

17 August 2015: Professor Jürgen Enders appointed as member of review panel for four Swedish research funders.

Professor Jürgen Enders has been appointed as an expert member to a review panel of the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte), the Swedish Research Council Formas, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ) and the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet, VR).

1 August 2015: Innovation and Technology Management students visit BMW Mini Plant

MSc in Innovation and Technology Management (ITM) students visited the Mini plant in Oxford recently where they had the opportunity to learn about new product development and management at BMW. Tom Festa, Project Manager, talked about his experience of managing the development of new Mini models from an initial idea to car production. The group was hosted by Martin Baker, Talent Management Manager for Europe, who highlighted intern opportunities and graduate jobs available to our students.

31 July 2015: Why do beer adverts assume men are morons?

31 July 2015: Bath MBA programme awarded CIPS Accreditation

The University of Bath School of Management has been awarded Chartered Status for its MBA by the Chartered Institution of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)The Bath MBAis now a globally recognised postgraduate qualification for CIPS members seeking chartered status.

30 July 2015: Danger strikes when foolish humans are left in charge of their financial futures

Much standard economics research is based on the “homo economicus”decision-maker. This is an entirely rational being. An unbiased, unemotional, non-psychological maximiser of the expected usefulness of things and events. Furthermore, this perfect decision-maker is far-sighted, and has complete self-control.

30 July 2015: School of Management graduate to lead the UN Global Compact

Lise Kingo, alumna of the Bath MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice, has been appointed as Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. She will assume the role on 1st September 2015, succeeding George Kell who retires later this year.

22 July 2015: Trans-National Education: Global Wellbeing or New Imperialism?

ICHEM led a session on the role of transnational higher education on global wellbeing and new imperialism at the British Council Going Global Conference.

16 July 2015: BMT Hi-Q Sigma support MSc Practice Track projects

As part of their ongoing Corporate Partnership with The School of Management, BMT Hi-Q Sigma have worked with MSc in International Management students on the practice track element of their degree.

16 July 2015: Professor Avi Shankar wins 'Best Paper in Conference' at the Academy of Marketing Conference 2015

Professor Avi Shankar has won ‘Best Paper in Conference’ at the Academy of Marketing Conference 2015, for his paper ‘A critical reconceptualization of Marketplace Cultures: The Ambiguity of Socialization and the Centrality of Play’ co-authored with Stephen O’Sullivan.

15 July 2015: IMML student attends IDM Marketing Summer School

BSc in International Management and Modern Languages student Stephanie Hawkins was one of 30 specially selected candidates who attended The Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM) Marketing Summer School, which took place in London from 22-26 June 2015.

10 July 2015: Alternatives to Austerity

Dr Phil Tomlinson and Professor Christos Pitelis have contributed to an Institute for Policy Research (IPR) report which challenges the effectiveness of austerity policies in the UK and Eurozone.

8 July 2015: Rob Briner: Spend longer on evidence-based decision-making

HR directors should spend longer making decisions to ensure they are evidence-based, professor of organisational psychology at the University of Bath’s School of Management Rob Briner has said.

8 July 2015: Citations of Excellence Award for Professor Russ Vince

Integrating emotions into the analysis of institutional work”, (Academy of Management Review, 2012) written by Professor Russ Vince and his co-author, Professor Maxim Voronov of Brock University, Canada has been selected as a winning paper in the prestigious Emerald Citations of Excellence for 2015.

8 July 2015: Russ Vince wins the 2014 ‘That’s Interesting Award’ from the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS)

Professor Russ Vince has won the 2014 ‘That's Interesting Award from the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS) for his paper: ‘The Unconscious and Institutional Work’.

8 July 2015: New report on vocational qualifications and degree outcomes

Students with vocational qualifications are less likely to get a First or a 2.1, research shows, with the differences in degree outcome greatest at research-intensive universities.

8 July 2015: Student entrepreneur to graduate with Trunki suitcase founder

An award-winning entrepreneur who graduated on Wednesday 1 July will embark on his business career with inspiration from the founder of Trunki suitcases, Rob Law MBE, who was awarded an honorary degree in the same ceremony.

6 July 2015: Professor Andrew Graves on ITV dicussing Honda

24 June 2015: Dimo Dimov on how big pharmaceutical companies are getting ready to jump on new cancer therapy firms BloombergBusiness

Amid a frenzy of biotechnology acquisitions, a clutch of companies working on a revolutionary cancer treatment have yet to be snatched up. That may be only a matter of time.

24 June 2015: Watch Professor Veronica Hope Hailey on Talking Business, BBC News 24/BBC World as part of feature on sustainable business practice (6 minutes onwards)

24 June 2015: Bath School of Management joins top 1% of business schools worldwide

The University of Bath School of Management has received the highest accreditation status from EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's (EFMD) quality inspectorate.

12 June 2015: Deutsche does the decent thing as joint CEOs take it on the chin

The resignations of the co-CEOs of Deutsche Bank are a useful example for managers everywhere from an industry which has suffered its share of public outrage.

4 June 2015: MSc students win Bryman & Bell Prize 2015 for outstanding research

School of Management students Alexandra Walker (MSc in Management) and Anna Stober (MSc Sustainability and Management) have been selected as the winners of the Oxford University Press Bryman & Bell Prize 2015.

4 June 2015: Government plans to sell off its remaining shares in Royal Mail

Andrew Graves talks to the BBC about their plans.

28 May 2015: Book launch event exploring industrial policy and reviving UK manufacturing

On Tuesday 19 May, the School of Management’s Centre for International Business & Management (CIBAM) and the Centre for Research in Advertising & Consumption(CRiAC) in conjunction with the University of Bath’s Institute for Policy Research(IPR) hosted a joint Book Launch event.

Hosted by CIBAM Director, Professor Christos Pitelis, the event marked the publication of two new books exploring industrial policy and reviving UK manufacturing.

21 May 2015: How manufacturing can revive growth in the UK economy

Achieving growth and rebalancing the UK economy are among the key challenges facing the newly elected Conservative government.

21 May 20105: If the government is serious about reviving British industry, here’s what needs to be done

The debate around the UK economy has been narrow, principally framed around austerity and cutting the government’s budget deficit. Other important economic issues have received much less attention, including the burgeoning trade deficit, improving our manufacturing capabilities and promoting green technologies.

21 May 20015: MSc in Entrepreneurship and Management Students visit the Bristol and Bath Science Park

On Wednesday 29th April, MSc in Entrepreneurship and Management students visited Bristol and Bath Science Park where they had an opportunity to meet local entrepreneurs.

20 May 2015: School of Management team are L'Oréal Brandstorm UK National Winners 2015

A team of three Bath School of Management students: Katerina Tsironi (MSc in Management with Marketing), Destina Cavdar (MSc in Management with Marketing) and Marine Levillain (MSc in International Management), who formed the team ‘Dans Ma Valise’, have achieved the accolade of UK national winners at the 2015 L'Oréal Brandstorm competition.

19 May 2015: Revitalise UK manufacturing image for sector success

Experts are urging the Government to address the outdated and enduring negative perceptions of the UK manufacturing industry.

7 May 2015: Universities are mismanaging performance says Rob Briner

The misapplication of private sector HR techniques harms individuals without raising performance, Times Higher Educaton.

1 May 2015: 1st for Business and Management in Complete University Guide

The Complete University Guide 2016 has recently been published and sees the University of Bath School of Management take 1st place for Business and Management and 2nd place for Accounting and Finance.

27 April 2015: Student entrepreneurs sample life in Silicon Valley

Three students from the University of Bath have met with some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley, in a prize trip to San Francisco for student entrepreneurs.

22 April 2015: General Election 2015: Decoding the manifesto minutiae

Prof Michael Beverland on the branding of the leaders’ manifestos

17 April 2015: The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big fashion campaigns

Dr Robert Heath on the use of animals by advertisers

15 April 2015: How should public spending be scrutinised?

Our new research project will inform policy makers and practitioners on how to maintain the quality of public audit in the period of radical reform and public spending cuts.

14 April 2015: International Management and Modern Languages students launch new app

Dominic Stevens and Max Pilgrim have created a new app which allows people to find ‘sports buddies’ in the local area. It is being officially launched at the University of Bath this week.

11 April 2015: Business Administration student wins Business Plan Competition

James Courtney’s fast food discount card idea lands him a week-long trip to New York and Boston to network with alumni in some of the world’s biggest companies.

20 March 2015: School of Management research cited by European Central Bank President

The President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, has cited the work of the School of Management’s Professor Ian Tonks in justifying the ECB’s expanded asset purchase programme in a major policy speech at the Watchers XVI Conference in Frankfurt on 11th March 2015.

12 March 2015: Dr Robert Heath delivers keynote at Neuromarketing World Forum

Dr Robert Heath will be delivering the keynote address at the Neuromarketing World Forum in Barcelona on 25 March 2015. The Neuromarketing World Forum brings together marketing clients and practitioners of neuroscience from all over the world to discuss this most exciting new way of evaluating advertising. Last year’s keynote speaker was Professor Antonio Damasio.

11 March 2015: New £250,000 MSc scholarship scheme launched

The School of Management is delighted to announce a new scholarship scheme for MSc students worth a quarter of a million pounds

11 March 2015: New guide helps construction industry meet new efficiency standards

Professor Juani Swart has co-developed a guide to help construction businesses implement new government standards.

6 March 2015: Bath MBA students put entrepreneurship into action at the Innovation Centre

Last Friday the second in a series of entrepreneur experience events for University of Bath MBA students took place at the Innovation Centre. The day was divided into 12 pitch and Q&A sessions for the teams to present a business proposal to a  ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel of experienced entrepreneurs and investors from the SETsquared mentor network.

22 February 2015: No smoke without ire: Big Tobacco gets angry

Dr Robert Branston featured in The Irish Independent

12 February 2015: Largest ever scholarship scheme

Accounting & Finance students are set to benefit from an EY scholarship scheme to help fund their studies and support their career

12 February 2015: Vasileios Pappas ‘Lessons from Islamic Finance for a Greek debt swap deal’

Greece and its creditors remain locked in a heated debate over how its debt should be financed. The newly elected Syriza government need to renegotiate their current bailout programme, in order to carry out their proposals to repeal austerity and re-invest in public services.

05 February 2015: Official launch of the Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation & Improvement

On Thursday 22 January, the School of Management welcomed over 100 special guests to the launch of its latest research centre, the Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement (CHI2).

05 February 2015: Juani Swart awarded public engagement grant

Professor Juani Swart was recently awarded a public engagement grant to host a stakeholder workshop on the 'Behaviours for Collaboration' (B4C).

28 January 2015: Chris Archer-Brown on the rise of mobile users and the risks and opportunities for marketers

A study of 30 major world economies reveals how worldwide internet use continues to expand to more than three billion users, but it also demonstrates also how this growth is being driven by mobile phones and social media, particularly in the developing world.

22 January 2015: The most annoying adverts from the past 15 years

Dr Haiming Hang discusses why using annoying jingles is a dangerous strategy

21 January 2015: New research centre to tackle NHS problems

The Bath Centre for Healthcare Innovation & Improvement (CHI2), led by our School of Management, will study the problems and challenges facing health and social care services, in order to design solutions that improve patient outcomes and experiences, and make organisational efficiencies and cost savings.

19 January 2015: Chris Archer-Brown on why Facebook is helping you chat at work

Across the world, workers in many firms have started using social networks to transform their internal communications. Now, tapping into this, Facebook has created Facebook at Work. Much like the original Facebook, which was open only to university students, this new version will allow businesses to create their own social networks among employees.

8 January 2015: School of Management retains top 10 research ranking

The results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) have confirmed the University of Bath School of Management’s position as one of the UK’s leading research- intensive business schools.