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Business and Law in the time of COVID-19

The current pandemic has brought both threats and opportunities, overturning economic and social norms but also pointing towards new ways of doing things. In the OU’s Business and Law Schools, our response has been: what can we learn?

This series of reflections on the pandemic highlights how management and legal insights from research and scholarship can help us consider and interpret the current context. How can business and the institutions that support it respond to the challenges, adapt and hopefully look forward to a post-pandemic world?

Strategic Agility in Uncertain Times

The Strategic agility and leadership in uncertain times webinar – organised by the Business School's Strategic Management and Leadership cluster - brought together three senior expert panellists on Wednesday 25 November to discuss ideas around ‘strategic agility in uncertain times’.

27th November 2020
Image of young people not wearing masks properly and laughing MandriaPix/Shutterstock

Coronavirus is no longer seen as high risk by many – and that’s undermining control measures

Why are people’s behaviours not matching their intentions, and what implications does this have for our attempts to tackle COVID-19?

23rd November 2020
Police officers wearing face masks

Policing project is financed by OU’s Covid-19 fund

This nine-month project will conduct case studies in two UK police forces and capture interview and archival data at a time when the crisis is still ongoing, and during a period of active early reflection and sensemaking.

6th November 2020
businessman walking out of office with report

5 paradoxical tensions facing HR leaders

Research highlights how the pandemic has brought to the fore pre-existing paradoxical tensions within organisations and offers recommendations on navigating these uncertainties.

6th November 2020
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Reading in lockdown: The future of charity?

Carol Jacklin-Jarvis, Director of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, has taken inspiration from lockdown reading to consider the notion and role of charity in the 21st century.

3rd November 2020
Image of Rishi Sunak

Taxing financial winners from coronavirus to pay for the crisis – lessons from WW1

We are now in the second wave of the COVID-19 virus and have no idea how much this pandemic will eventually cost. But we can learn lessons from the first world war and subsequent crises on how to reduce the final bill. 

20th October 2020
Image of a small business owner sealing a cardboard box

First findings on impact of COVID-19 on the UK self-employed

Findings from the first study of the impact of COVID-19 on the UK self-employed highlights the need for support for this sector in the wider recovery.

14th October 2020
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COVID-19 & the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, West Africa

Adedamola Gbolahan, a PhD Student in the OU Law School, discusses new practice directions adopted by the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice, a regional court for West Africa and the African Court of Peoples’ and Human Rights, in order to adapt to the pandemic

30th September 2020
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More sustainable universities in a post-COVID world?

September 2020 marks the fifth anniversary of the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dr Anwar Halari, a Lecturer in Accounting in the OU Business School, explores what COVID-19 means for universities' sustainability plans

15th September 2020
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash - team speaking on a Facebook video call

How peer mentoring can support students during the pandemic

As many universities are forced to move their teaching online, a team in the OU Law School share the findings of their recent study. Find out how peer mentoring can develop communities of practice to help support students during the pandemic

11th September 2020

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PhD Studentships

The Open University Business and Law Schools also invite applications for a number of full-time funded PhD studentships beginning 1 February 2021 on ‘Responding to COVID-19 and the Climate Emergency’.