What national and regional overviews of sustainability in business, management and executive education tell us (and what they don’t!).

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 My recent study of the growth of the sustainability discourse in the field of business, management and executive education indicated that the field has undergone considerable growth over the last two decades, and that this growth accelerated in recent years.  … Continue reading

A comment on the junior doctors’ strike….

It is shocking to think that, in 2013, highly educated and trained individuals are pushed to working excessive, slave-labour hours. Enough is enough and the junior doctors have had no choice but to take a stand and fight for better conditions. Not only are the excessive hours a threat to patient care, they also impact on the individuals themselves, who are more at risk of burnout from excessive work pressures arising from habitually working overtime. Besides physical health risks, the psychological risks and business risks are also increased, with implications on morale, productivity, performance and talent retention. Who wants to work somewhere they feel unappreciated, overworked and ignored? The psychological contract has been severely, if not irreparably damaged here and it is going Continue reading here [...]

Excessive Rewards & Short-Termism Negatively Affecting Trust in the Financial Sector

The Anglo tapes that were leaked in the media over the past summer have done nothing to rebuild public confidence in a banking sector which has been hit with scandal after scandal - from technical mishaps (recall Ulster Bank) to public blatant deception (Anglo et al.). This lack of trust is replicated, however, among the staff of banking and financial institutions. A survey conducted by the CIPD highlights that trust in senior leaders and employee morale remains low in the financial sector. Less than a third of workers confirmed they were proud to work in the financial sector. Moreover, the majority reported that they believed that some people in their organisation are rewarded for inappropriate behaviour, and that some people are paid far too much. In other words, has anything changed? The Continue reading here [...]

Summer undergraduate research work opportunity with School of Business: SPUR 2013

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Each year NUI Maynooth offers undergraduate students an opportunity to undertake 6 weeks paid research work with academic departments: This year, the School of Business will offer one place to an undergraduate student on the Summer Programme for Undergraduate Researchers … Continue reading

Funding for Humanitarian Relief

Humanitarian aid is being stretched. Millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa are living with conflict and its legacy; natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan have the power to disrupt and sometimes even paralyse economic and social infrastructure; recovery and reconstruction remain uneven following large-scale conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan; and political turmoil is escalating in parts of the Middle East and North Africa. In many instances the people already affected by crises face additional threats, their livelihoods made more insecure by the effects of climate change and the vagaries of the global economy. The international humanitarian response to these needs reached US$16.7 billion in 2010. If this preliminary, partial estimate proves to be accurate Continue reading here [...]

The Humanitarian Urban Risk Divide

An earthquake can bring hospitals, schools and homes tumbling down with unspeakably tragic consequences. A volcano can throw city airports into chaos. Flood waters can turn well-kept streets into detritus-strewn canals. The drug trade can turn an inner city into a war zone.An epidemic can spread rapidly through a crowded slum. As the pendulum of human development swings increasingly away from the countryside to the city, we see that rapid urbanization and population growth are combining to create enormous new challenges for the humanitarian community and pushing us out of our comfort zone to deal with a strange new urban world. When it comes to the impact of natural disasters, well-run cities can be among the safest places on earth. They can also be the best places to raise a family, for schooling, Continue reading here [...]

Why it’s important to be critical about sustainability.

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In a recent two part blogpost I discussed the idea of Civil religion (part 1), in order to explore some of the evidence for how sustainability was becoming ‘sacralized’ in contemporary social and organisational practices (part 2).  I’m certainly not … Continue reading