Bradford ‘Management Thinking’ Digest – the latest on business strategy, leadership, finance, innovation and sustainability

bradford-new_logo_blackWelcome to our new students across our global campus. We hope our monthly digest of the latest thinking on business strategy, leadership, finance, innovation and sustainability from within the School of Management and beyond will help set your studies into context and give you some food for thought.

This edition of Bradford Management Thinking features

  • New research shows bosses put profit before ethics
  • Live QnA with one of world’s leading leadership experts
  • ‘Mobile boardroom’ helps Yorkshire companies innovate
  • Eurobonds and fiscal union: The only way to resolve the Euro crisis

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STRATEGY & SUSTAINABILITY

FT: New research shows bosses put profit before ethics

A survey of 2,500 workers by the Institute of Leadership & Management and Management Today magazine found that less than a third of chief executives of large companies were seen by their staff to put ethics at the heart of business decisions.

The FT reported that these findings come at a sensitive time for businesses following Ed Miliband’s proposal for tax and regulatory policies that favour “good” companies.

Peter Cheese, the institute’s chairman, said: “Employees, customers and shareholders expect ethical values to be at the heart of business decisions. The fact that so many leaders and organisations are perceived not to have that is a cause for serious concern and attention.”

Dr Sarah Dixon, Dean of Bradford University School of Management, said: “The next generation of business leaders need to make a valuable contribution to the economy, society and the environment. We have embedded sustainable and ethical values throughout the student experience including the content of our programmes and approaches to learning, to ensure that our graduates can offer more than just economic value.”

LEADERSHIP

Live QnA: with one of world’s leading leadership experts

The Chartered Management Institute is holding a live online Question & Answer session with John Adair, one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership and leadership development on Thursday 6 October 2011 at 2.30pm. Bradford University School of Management students, alumni, staff and partners are invited to get involved and quiz Adair on his expertise.

John Adair has written over 40 books including ‘How to Grow Leaders’ and ‘Effective Leadership Development’. He is also a teacher and consultant. Watch the live QnA by clicking here.

INNOVATION

Event: ‘Mobile boardroom’ helps Yorkshire companies innovate

A mobile boardroom created by Bradford University School of Management, has helped 15 business leaders with ideas to innovate in their own organisations.

Professor Christos Kalantaridis, who leads the School’s Innovation Club for businesses, organised a tour of three Yorkshire companies: Systagenix (formerly Johnson and Johnson), WebAnywhere and the off-site manufacturing arm of NG Bailey.

Each business highlighted a particular challenge and the background and asked the directors how they would tackle the issue, using their experiences from non-competing sectors. The challenges included how to prioritise good ideas, quality control and building an innovation pipeline.

Other businesses on the bus included Walker Morris, Foster’s Bakery, Beaumont Robinson, Lhasa and Northern Lights PR as well as ten academics and MBA students.

FINANCE

Blog: Eurobonds and fiscal union: The only way to resolve the Euro crisis

In his recent blog, Jean-Marc Trouille, Director of Master’s in European and International Business Management at Bradford University School of Management assesses the weaknesses exposed by the Euro crisis and says that creating Eurobonds and implementing a fiscal union by mutualising national debts is the only solution.

He says that leaders face a political as well as an economic dilemma.