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Thought Leadership

Learn from the insights of a trusted source

Our faculty across the university are informed opinion leaders and often the go-to people in their field of expertise.

Here, they share their many insights and opinions gleaned from years of research and/or experience in their respective fields in order to further debate, inspire new ideas and help turn these into reality with a view to finding a way forward in meeting the many and diverse challenges of an increasingly uncertain and changing geopolitical and socioeconomic landscape.


Cost-of-living crisis – greatest challenge for 40 years says academic

The Bank of England has raised rates, a recession is looming and cost-of-living issues are dominating the headlines. Martin Upton, Senior Lecturer in Finance, warns people against ill-judged decisions through the cost-of-living crisis

8th August 2022

Self-employment: what is it, why do it and how has the pandemic affected it?

Professor Elizabeth Daniel discusses the lasting legacy of the pandemic on self-employment and homeworking, the ‘passionpreneur’ and describes how mental load is affecting self-employed women.

28th January 2022
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Academic reveals the psychology of spending this Christmas

Mark Fenton-O’Creevy is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and he advises that if you want to keep yourself in check this Christmas, you need to know what your triggers are and learn how to avoid them.

9th December 2021
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Social care cap: how the new system will work and why it’s unfair – an expert explains

Why means-tested support will impact those who are less well-off, as they will end up losing more of their assets to pay for their care.

1st December 2021
Menopause

What’s wrong with talking about the menopause?

An OU academic is highlighting the difficulties working women encounter on World Menopause Day since many must live with debilitating symptoms impacting their performance at work.

18th October 2021

Social care reform: here’s why this tax rise isn’t just unfair on young people

In announcing his plan for funding social care reform in England and the NHS COVID recovery, prime minister Boris Johnson has to honour a promise he made two years ago on the steps of Downing Street.

13th September 2021

It’s time to talk about menopause in the workplace

Professor Jo Brewis discusses her work to remove workplace taboos around menopause and encourage employers to recognise and support people experiencing this normal but sometimes challenging transition.

13th September 2021
Photo of Maria Chenoweth next to text reading "The Great Work Reset. Sustainable leadership: people, planet, profit"

Sustainable Leadership: How to put people at the heart of the green economy

How do you build a business that is positive for people, the planet, society and the economy? Maria Chenoweth, OU MBA alumna and Chief Executive of second-hand clothing charity TRAID, offers her top tips.

30th July 2021

Resetting capitalism: How organisations can work for progress, people and planet

Capitalism as we know it is unsustainable. It is financially unstable, bad for the environment and politically unpopular. An increasing number of voices, including some of the world's most powerful leaders, are calling for business and society to align their mission, vision and rewards for the common good. How can organisations step up and play their part in this transformation? 

29th July 2021

New whitepaper: Management readiness in 2021: Leaving no stone unturned

The pandemic has accelerated a shift from task-focused management towards more human qualities, such as ensuring employee wellbeing and engagement. But how can we equip the next generation of managers to deal with the changing demands they face? And where can formal management training help?

28th July 2021

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