Another successful PhD conference for Brunel Business School

BrunelBBS PhD Symposium Group photo BBS (2) 20 per centBusiness School held its annual PhD conference on the 4th and 5th May with over 20 of its PhD students presenting papers to an audience of peers and experienced researchers.

The annual conference invites Business School doctoral students, at any stage in their programme, to put forward a paper for the conference and to present it over the two-day event.

62 doctoral student papers were received for assessment by the conference panel and 10 top paper accolades were awarded at the event.

The annual doctoral conference was created by the Business School to allow PhD students to get valuable engagement with the research community as well as to hear from experienced researchers. Key note speakers for the event were Professor Bradley Barnes from Sheffield Hallam University, and Professor Jǒskos Brakus from Leeds University Business School

Head of School, Professor Christos Pitelis opened the event and Professor Bill Leahy, Deputy Vice Chancellor for academic affairs and civic engagement presented awards to the 10 PhD students whose papers received the highest scores from reviewers.

Look before you leap to the cloud, councils warned

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cloud-2104829-1280Local authorities and public sector organisations should do their homework before switching to the cloud.

That’s the lesson from a new study that tracked what happens when local councils transferred services to cloud computing.

Local authorities across Europe are urged to move in-house IT services – such as servers, email and telephones – to internet-based providers amid pressure to cut costs. Warwickshire County Council and the London Borough of Hillingdon were among the UK’s first to announce plans to switch around 2012.

A study of three local councils found the cloud brought several pluses, but authorities tend to make the shift too hastily, with one council instantly hit by hackers.

“These findings have messages for both local government and central government,” said Dr Uthayasankar Sivarajah at Brunel University London, part of the research team.

“One of the authorities faced an immediate security breach that caused chaos,” said the lecturer in operations and information systems management. “Data was accessed illegally by an unauthorised third party and the private sector cloud provider blamed human error.”

Government strategists predicted in 2011 that switching to the G-Cloud or Government cloud could save £3.2bn because as a shared service, costs are spread among organisations. But despite cost-cutting pressure, many public sector managers see the cloud as more a liability than labour saver, with data security and downtime the biggest fears.

Making it easier to work from home and better information management are key advantages to councils switching to cloud-based technologies, the team found. Major cons meanwhile are a lack of data ownership and loss of control and governance, because of a grey area around who has access to information.

The study also revealed a general feeling among workers that their authority’s move was a purely rushed attempt to meet the political agenda. “There are huge black holes between what the councils are trying to do and what they are achieving,” said Dr Sivarajah. The biggest lesson to councils, he underlined, is that “the right person needs to drive and lead the implementation and sell it to the workers.

“At operational level they could all see real benefits in cost savings. But it is still early days and we don’t know what the long-term impact will be. That may take 10 years to find out. It might reduce the headcount in IT departments, but I can’t see it cutting out the need for them altogether.”

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This story by Hayley Javis, Media Relations, first appeared on the Brunel University London website on 24th April 2017 and also features in the following trade publications: Computer Weekly,  Government Technology, Public Sector Executive, LocalGov, PublicFinance, Digital By Default News , Cloudpro and Diginomica.

Dr Aida Hajro nominated to the editorial review board of The Academy of Management Review

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Dr Aida Hajro, Senior Lecturer in International Business at BBS, has been nominated to serve on the editorial review board (ERB) of The Academy of Management Review (AMR). AMR is among the highest cited (impact factor of 7.82) and ranked (#1 among business journals and #1 among management journals) of all management journals, and is distributed quarterly to 16,073 subscribers. Being nominated to the ERB is an acknowledgement of Aida’s accomplishments as a researcher and further proof of the great work done by BBS scholars.

The Brunel MBA has Maintained its Tier One Position in CEO Magazine’s 2017 MBA Rankings

The Brunel MBA has maintained its Tier One position in CEO Magazine’s 2017 MBA Rankings in Europe, a category it shares with thirty-three European MBA programmes including those from Trinity College Dublin, Copenhagen Business School and ESADE, Spain.CEO European Tier 1 2017

The global business magazine writes of its awards scheme, “CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. In 2012 the publication launched its annual Global MBA Rankings, profiling MBA, Executive MBA and Online MBA programmes. This year CEO Magazine reached out to business schools across North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the BRICS, and received responses from over 160 institutions – a 20 per cent increase in submissions from 2016.”

“We’re very pleased to have sustained our position in the CEO Magazine’s MBA Rankings and continue to look for opportunities to expand and build on our programme’s success – ultimately to the benefit of our MBA candidates,” Dr Dimitrios Koufopoulos, MBA Director, Brunel Business School.

Research by Dr Amama Shaukat Published by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee of the Parliament

conference-857926_1920_optFindings of research studies by Dr Amama Shaukat on corporate governance regulation in the UK underpin two written submissions to the recent Corporate Governance inquiry by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee of the Parliament.

In one of these studies Dr Shaukat provides research evidence that throws into question the UK corporate governance code (the Code) recommendations that discourage the presence of non-independent directors on corporate boards. While the Code considers past employees to be non-independent (and hence undesirable on boards), Dr Shaukat finds that the presence of such directors on boards has a positive association with firm value. Full story

Brunel MBA Maintains its Tier One Position in CEO Magazine’s MBA Rankings

CEO_MAGAZINE_LOGO adjustedThe Brunel MBA has maintained its Tier One position in CEO Magazine’s 2016 MBA Rankings in Europe, a category it shares with twenty-nine European MBA programmes including HULT, Copenhagen and ESCOLE business schools.

CEO Magazine has been showcasing top business schools from around the globe since it first launched in 2008. In 2012 the publication launched its annual Global MBA Rankings, profiling MBA, EMBA and Online MBA programmes. This year CEO Magazine reached out to over 300 business schools across North America, Europe and Australia and received responses from 140 institutions – an increase of over 100 per cent on the previous year.

“We are thrilled with the uptake and response to this year’s survey. The increase in the number of business schools participating, and the inclusion of some very well-known and highly regarded players within the market, serve to further establish the CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings as a go-to reference tool for future MBA students,” says CEO Magazine’s Group Editor-in-Chief, Alexandra Skinner.

The CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings are designed with applicants in mind, and examine the nuts and bolts of an MBA: the learning environment, class sizes, tuition fees, faculty, delivery methods, international diversity, gender make-up and more. The objective is simple: to identify schools which marry exceptional quality with great ROI.

The complete CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings 2016 can be viewed in the latest edition of CEO Magazine or online on the magazine’s new website.

Brunel in MoU with the UK Intellectual Property Office

IntellectualProp smallerBrunel University London signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Economic Research and Evidence (ERE) team at UK Intellectual Property Office in November 2015.

The agreed MoU is for development and analysis of data which will improve the government’s knowledge and understanding of the role that intellectual property plays in boosting innovation and growth in the UK economy.

Over the next two years, Professor Suma Athreye from Brunel Business School, will advise and develop the UK’s evidence base so that it is capable of shedding light on the role that intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets) actually plays in nurturing innovation in UK firms.

As the Hargreaves Review noted in 2011, there is currently a large gap in the evidence base for policy towards intellectual property.

Professor Athreye will also work with the ERE team to disseminate the findings from this new evidence base more widely to policy colleagues at the parent organisation in the Department of Business Industry and Skills, but also to quasi-governmental bodies such as NESTA and Innovate UK.

The MoU formalises a long period of engagement between Professor Athreye and the UK IPO which started in 2010 and has encompassed some path-breaking work linking patent use and innovation in the UK economy. Some of this work is now being replicated at patent offices in other countries.