Business & Economics

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Why Social Enterprise matters

10 March 2020     Why Social Enterprise matters       Professor Dimo Dimov, University of Bath

Economic opportunities rest on an invisible social and environmental fabric. The unbridled, singular pursuit of purely economic goals can tear the very ground that gives rise to them.

Ensuring the freedom and prosperity of others is therefore the most sustainable form of value creation.

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Rebuilding Trust and Trustworthiness in 21st Century Society

11 February 2020        Rebuilding Trust and Trustworthiness in 21st Century Society - Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, University of Bath


Despite publicity, scrutiny, debate and exposure of trust deficits across many different business sectors, the repair of trust and the need for trustworthy leaders remain key to our future society.

In this talk Professor Hope Hailey will highlight the benefits of trust and the reasons why individuals will choose to trust either leaders or organisations.


Stories and Narratives in Post-Truth Times

14 January 2020    Stories and Narratives in Post-Truth Times - Professor Yiannis Gabriel, University of Bath

We live in times of great complexity and information overload. Images, messages and noise bombard our senses and clutter our minds. Faced with such disorder, we turn to stories and narratives to help us organise our experiences and make sense of the world we inhabit.

This talk examined stories and narratives as prime movers in politics, business and organisations in these post-truth times.


Creating a More Sustainable and Inclusive Banking Sector

12 November 2019 

Jules Peck, FRSA - Founding Director of Avon Mutual

The talk will explore the problems in our current banking sector regarding things like trust, lack of sustainability and inclusivity, lack of funding for SMEs and the lack of regionally focused banking. It will illustrate how things are done very differently in many other countries and how regionalisation and mutualisation of the UK banking scene can rejuvenate branch and relationship banking.

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Expansion of Chinese firms Overseas: Consequences for Workers

08 October 2019              Expansion of Chinese firms Overseas: Consequences for Workers                    Dr Rutvica Andrijasevic, University of Bristol


Complex Systems and System Resilience in Business and Economics: from Theory to Practice

10 September 2019

Complex Systems and System Resilience in Business and Economics: from Theory to Practice

Professor Philip Haynes, University Brighton

Complex systems theory has grown from an important new paradigm in the sciences to become interdisciplinary and far reaching. It now has a major influence on the social sciences, including Business, Economics and Management.


How to Embrace Complexity and Change the World

09 JULY 2019

Dr Jean Boulton, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, University of Bath

Management theories are paradoxical: we exercise increasing control within institutions whilst deregulating markets. Meanwhile climate change, inequality, political instability become critical. Are we using the wrong science to shape our approaches? What does the ‘complexity science’ have to offer?



Tackling Short-Termism

11 June 2019 - Tackling Short-Termism

Tej Parikh, Chief Economist, Institute of Directors

Our bias toward the here and now is entrenched in our political and economic systems -- and it poses a serious risk to our future prosperity. Reforming our institutions to engender long-term thinking must become a greater priority.

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The Business of Modern Slavery


Professor Andrew Crane, University of Bath

14 May 2019            


How Organisations can Deal with Complexity

10 April 2019       How Organisations can deal with Complexity   Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly    LSE Complexity Research Group

Prof Eve Mitleton-Kelly described an effective approach for addressing apparently intractable organisational problems. The approach is based on Complexity Science and adjusts to complex challenges as they change over time. The methodology used was developed in practice by the LSE Complexity Research Group. Several practical examples were given.

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Inside the Money Machine: Why the World is Drowning in Debt


Chris Gilchrist, Author at Money Marketing

12 March 2019

In the decade since the financial crisis, radical critics have focused on the role of credit creation and its consequences. Why does this matter? Do we need to change the monetary system to save the planet?


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Williams Automobiles Ltd: An Example of Business Generational Sustainability

Richard Williams, Williams Automobiles Ltd

27 February 2019

Williams Automobiles Ltd is a retail car dealership that was established in 1911. Current owner Richard Williams will explain why the business moved from central Bristol to rural south Gloucester-shire; how it weathered two world wars, a great depression, the internet and three generational changes, to remain a family business, specialising in selling customised Morgan, Lotus and Caterham motor cars in today’s saturated vehicle market.



The Future of the European Project

Professor Jeremy Clegg, Leeds University Business School

12 February 2019


The vision of greater European Integration and the establishment of the European Union is one of the most significant economic and political projects of our time. At a time when we increasingly face global issues, what is the future of the European project in the face of political fragmentation.


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The Spider's Web

Introduced by John Christensen, co-Producer

09 January 2019


The British Empire still persists - in the guise of the City of London.

This documentary looked at the gravitational centre of the Financial World and its influence on Politics, worldwide, and how it affects us all.

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The Organisation as an Organism

11 December 2018

Andreas Wasmuht, BRLSI Business & Economics Convenor

Much of modern economic theory and multi-national business practices in a globalised world are based on the mistaken view that organisations are well-oiled machine, the mission of which is to optimise profit. This lecture explores the organisation as an organism within a dynamic environment which reflects actual, rather than theorised behaviour.

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BRLSI B&E December2018 The Organisation as an organism.pdf

BRLSI Business & Economics - Housing, Debt and the Economy: A Tale of Two Countries

13 November 2018

Professor John Muellbauer
University of Oxford

We don’t have to put up with a broken housing market: the experience of other countries such as Germany shows us it is possible to have a healthy one. Fixing the UK housing market requires a holistic approach but promises more affordable homes, more sustainable and equitable growth and lower risks to financial stability.

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13-Nov-18 Bath Talk 2018 Muellbauer.pdf

The Many Faces of Corruption

09 October 2018              Dr Ajit Mishra, University of Bath

Corruption, commonly defined as abuse of public office for private gain, takes many forms and occurs in many different spheres of economic and social life. While it is common to focus on big scams and corruption surrounding mega deals, what drives corruption and sustains it in many countries is ‘petty corruption’ facing ordinary citizens. While it is well known that ‘power corrupts’, we show using results from behavioural experiments that corruption also corrupts!

Many Faces BRLSI.pptx