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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?

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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
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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
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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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Where is Boris Johnson?

Dr Leah Tomkins, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Studies in the OU Business School has written for the International Leadership Association. Read her new blog 'Where is Boris Johnson? When and Why it Matters that Leaders Show Up in a Crisis'

9th September 2020
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Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership leads COVID-19 research

Dr Carol Jacklin-Jarvis, Director of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, is part of a consortium awarded £44,000 by the Lloyds Bank Foundation for a research project, ‘The Value of Small Charities in the Response To and Recovery From the COVID-19 Pandemic’

4th September 2020
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Why the government must learn to trust teachers

This article, written by Jacqueline Baxter, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Management in The Open University Business School, looks at how the recent exam fiasco has highlighted the urgent need for the UK government to start trusting teachers

25th August 2020
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'Solidarity is a weapon' - addressing the housing crisis together

This blog explores how resistance to the lifting of the UK evictions ban is being organised. It was written by Owain Smolović Jones and Saniela Smolović Jones, both in the OU Business School and Kulsoom Jafri, an Acorn member and trade union organiser

25th August 2020
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The absence of women from Italy’s COVID-19 pandemic response

A new publication written by Dr Cinzia Priola, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Studies at the OU and Dr Lara Pecis, Lecturer in Organisation Studies in Lancaster University Management School, explores the role of Italian women in society and at work during the pandemic

24th August 2020

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’.