Business & Economics

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BRLSI Business & Economics - 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


BRLSI Business & Economics - 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?



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.


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            


BRLSI Business & Economics -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

12 March 2019       Inside the Money Machine: Why the World is drowning in Debt - Chris Gilchrist, Author at Money Marketing


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

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.


Richard Williams, Williams Automobiles Ltd




BRLSI Business & Economics - The future of the European Project


12 February 2019          The Future of the European Project, Professor Jeremy Clegg, Leeds University Business School


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.


Professor Jeremy Clegg, University of Leeds Business School



BRLSI Business & Economics - The Spider's web

09 January 2019

The Spider's Web - Film Documentary, introduced by John Christensen, co-Producer


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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BRLSI Business & Economics - 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