Recent Submissions

  • Individual insolvency – the case for a single gateway

    Walton, Peter; Law School, University of Wolverhampton (University of Wolverhampton, 2022-06-30)
    The history of bankruptcy law and procedure suggests that only where an independent and reliable public official has oversight of the process, can the public have confidence in it. It has long been recognised that bankruptcy, and formal means of avoiding bankruptcy, provide more stakeholder confidence where a public official is involved. As well as the interests of debtors and their creditors, there is an inherent public interest in ensuring individual insolvency mechanisms work fairly. The current bankruptcy and debt relief order procedures have the benefit of official oversight. There is no suggestion of any obvious systemic weaknesses. However, individual insolvency procedure is open to criticism in the area of individual voluntary arrangements (IVAs) where there is rarely any official involvement. This article suggests that the problems identified in the modern day IVA market might be resolved by considering the lessons learnt from nineteenth century bankruptcy law reform. A new single gateway for all individual insolvency cases, echoing the two-stage process introduced by the Bankruptcy Act 1883, is suggested where all individual insolvency processes would begin with an initial consideration of the case by a public official. This would ensure an objective assessment is made as to the best way forward for debtors and their creditors. It would encourage transparency and honest dealing.
  • Editorial

    Yoruk, Esin; Jones, Paul; Ratten, Vanessa; Jarvis, David; Sissons, Paul (Inderscience, 2022-03-23)
  • The weakest link? Job quality and active labour market policy in the UK

    Green, Anne; Sissons, Paul; Ingold, Jo; McGurk, Patrick (Bristol University Press, 2023-01-09)
  • Localising employment policy: opportunities and challenges

    Green, Anne; Hughes, Ceri; Sissons, Paul; Taylor, Abigail; Jolly, Andy; Cefalo, Ruggero; Pomati, Marco (Policy Press, 2022-06-27)
  • Exploratory study of consumer issues in online peer-to-peer platform markets: final report

    Hausemer, Pierre; Rzepecka, Julia; Dragulin, Marius; Vitiello, Simone; Rabuel, Lison; Nunu, Madalina; Rodriguez Diaz, Adriana; Psaila, Emma; Fiorentini, Sara; Gysen, Sara; et al. (European Commission, 2017-05)
    This study explores consumer issues in five online peer to peer platform markets: (Re)sale of Goods; Sharing/renting of goods, Sharing/renting accommodation; Sharing/hiring rides; and Odd jobs. The study estimates that 191m citizens across the EU-28 spend EUR 27.9 billion per year on online P2P platforms. Of this total, an estimated EUR 10.61 billion consists of platform revenues and revenues of third parties. The study defines three main peer-to-peer platform business models: (a) hosting of listings where platforms do not get involved in the peer to peer transaction (b) active management of transactions where platforms foster trust among peers to facilitate a larger number of transactions and (c) platform governed peer transactions where the platform sets one or more contractual terms for the peer-to-peer transaction and exercises control over the performance of the transaction. The study identifies five key consumer issues that emerge from this new kind of economy: (1) transparency and clarity regarding the nature of transactions concluded through online P2P platforms, applicable consumer rights and obligations, the applicable legal framework and its enforcement; (2) reliability of peer review and rating systems and accuracy of identity information provided on the platform; (3) discrepancy between exclusion of platform responsibility and liability for the performance of online P2P transactions and platform practices; (4) access to redress for peer consumers and peer providers; and (5) data use and data protection issues.
  • Dissecting the effect of family business exposure on entrepreneurial implementation intention

    Onjewu, Adah-Kole Emmanuel; Haddoud, Mohamed Yacine; Tony-Okeke, Uchenna; Cao, Dongmei; Nowiński, Witold (Emerald, 2022-05-06)
    Purpose Scholars have typically examined family business exposure as an aggregate variable. However, it is probable that this trend oversimplifies the complexity of family exposure and its nuanced influence on entrepreneurial behaviour. Thus, to extend the theoretical boundary, this inquiry investigates distinct dimensions of family exposure in Nigeria while drawing on the theory of planned behaviour. Design/methodology/approach Data were collected from five public universities in Nigeria. A sample of 1,314 respondents was analysed using a partial least squares structural equation modelling approach to determine the influence of alternate family business exposures. Findings The results show that entrepreneurial exposure in the forms of parent, family member and work involvement have salient and distinctive influences on implementation intention to the extent that entrepreneurial self-efficacy, attitudes and subjective norms are uniquely impacted. Originality/value This study offers novel insights on the predictors of entrepreneurial implementation intention through the distinctive effects of (1) family member exposure, (2) parent exposure and (3) work involvement exposure among students in the family firm context.
  • Strengthening responses at the nexus of social protection, humanitarian aid and climate shocks in protracted crises: BASIC Research framing paper

    Sabates-Wheeler, Rachel; Lind, Jeremy; Harvey, Paul; Slater, Rachel (Institute of Development Studies, 2022-05-24)
    The Better Assistance in Crises (BASIC) Research programme seeks to better understand how to strengthen routine social assistance in the most difficult protracted crises – places where compounding shocks such as climate change, conflict and displacement complicate the delivery, sustainability and outcomes of programming. This paper reviews the contours of global and national debates, and the concepts that are key to informing research on social assistance in contexts of protracted crises. It focuses on three fields: social protection, humanitarian assistance, and climate adaptation and responsiveness. It then introduces the specific policy and programming areas and countries that BASIC Research will focus on, based on the identification of knowledge gaps in the inception phase of the research. The paper then develops a research framework for BASIC Research, identifying priority research questions and thematic areas. In line with the aspiration of global donors that any social assistance – including that delivered by humanitarian actors – should build longer-term policies and systems that are increasingly embedded in state-led and state-funded provision, BASIC Research will: examine the complementarities, tensions and linkages between social assistance various actors provide to tackle the multiple and intersecting challenges of climate shocks, conflict and displacement; assess existing capacities, systems and approaches for delivering social assistance; and explore how social assistance is intertwined with politics and economies.
  • Sustaining existing social protection programmes during crises: What do we know? How can we know more?

    Slater, Rachel (Institute of Development Studies, 2022-05-11)
    Research on social assistance in crisis situations has focused predominantly on how social assistance can flex in response to rapid-onset emergencies such as floods or hurricanes and to slower-onset shocks such as drought. This paper identifies a substantial knowledge gap – namely, our understanding of the ways in which existing, government-led programmes can be sustained during crises to ensure that households that were already poor and vulnerable before a crisis continue to be supported. The limited literature available focuses on climate- and natural environment-related shocks – far less attention is paid to other crises. Conflict-affected situations are a major gap, although there is an emerging body of evidence of the ways in which focus on adapting delivery mechanisms has allowed social assistance and other social protection programmes to be sustained throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The paper concludes that a better understanding of when, where and how existing programmes can be sustained during situations of violent conflict will help to ensure that poor and vulnerable households can be supported – either through government programmes or by enabling robust diagnosis of when efforts to sustaining existing programmes will be inadequate and an additional, external responses are required.
  • Impact of COVID-19 on mental health and career anxiety of hospitality and tourism students in the UK

    Rahimi, Roya; Akgunduz, Yilmaz; Bilgihan, Anil (Emerald, 2022-06-09)
    Purpose The current study investigates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health and career perspectives of the future workforce of the tourism and hospitality industry in the UK. The paper is based on theories of emotion and focuses on the interplay role of three factors of fear of COVID-19, depression, and future career anxiety. Methodology The current research uses a mixed-method approach in two studies to answer the research questions. First, an online questionnaire was distributed among 197 current tourism and hospitality students in the UK. In the second phase through a qualitative approach and 17 semi-structured interviews, a more in-depth approach was taken to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the future career perspectives of the respondents. Findings Findings reveal a high level of mental health disorders among respondents. The majority of respondents suffer from some sort of mental health conditions/disorders that affect their moods, thinking, and behaviors. The results further show that the fear of COVID-19 causes depression which results in career anxiety. Practical Implications Our findings suggest that the future tourism workforce in the UK is likely to suffer from some sort of mental health disorder that can influence their performances in the workplace. Companies are advised to make adjustments that help to protect the well-being and psychological health of their staff. Originality/value Previous studies used a snapshot in time only with a focus on the immediate and short-term effects of the pandemic. In the current study, by taking a long-term impact approach, we attempted to understand the psychological impact of the COVID-19 on the future workforce of the tourism industry in the UK and offered practical implications for stakeholders.
  • Dual nature of the relationship between corporate social responsibility (CSR) and human resource management (HRM): A blessing or a curse?

    Karatas-Ozkan, Mine; Özgören, Çağla; Yamak, Sibel; Ibrahim, Shahnaz; Pinnington, Ashly; Nicolopoulou, Katerina; Tunalıoğlu, Melike Nur; Baruch, Yehuda (Wiley, 2022-05-23)
    With the increase and prominence of CSR, it is important to understand the interaction between CSR and HRM, drawing on multiple institutional logics that shape such interaction in organizations. Drawing on a qualitative study, we reveal context sensitive nature of the CSR-HRM relationship by demonstrating all field-level forces and peculiarities of meso-level influences. We have identified a dual nature in this relationship. This duality is implicated in unintended and intended organizational outcomes, such as exploitation of workforce and democratizing CSR engagements, respectively. We offer multiple contributions to knowledge and practice. By exploring dual nature of the CSR-HRM relationship, we demonstrate multiple roles that the HR function plays in organizations, such as mediating role, regulating and governance role and legitimizing role. We recommend that organizations might better approach CSR from an employee engagement perspective and posit that employees’ perceptions of CSR authenticity and of local needs will transform the dynamics of the CSR-HRM relationship and organizational commitments.
  • Toward a universalistic behavioural model of perceived managerial and leadership effectiveness for the health services sector

    Hamlin, Robert; Ruiz, Carlos E.; Jones, Jenni; Patel, Taran (SAGE, 2022-04-29)
    Much management and leadership development provision for healthcare professionals has been the subject of considerable criticism, and there have been numerous calls for training programmes explicitly focused on the specific managerial (manager/leader) behaviours healthcare managers, physician leaders and nurse managers need to exhibit to be perceived effective. The aim of our multiple cross-case/cross-nation comparative study has been to: i) identify similarities and differences between the findings of published qualitative critical incident studies of effective and ineffective managerial behaviour observed within British, Egyptian, Mexican and Romanian public hospitals, respectively, and ii) if possible, deduce from the identified commonalities a healthcare-related behavioural model of perceived managerial and leadership effectiveness. Adopting a philosophical stance informed by pragmatism, epistemological instrumentalism and abduction, we used realist qualitative analytic methods to code and classify into a maximum number of discrete behavioural categories empirical source data obtained from five previous studies. We found high degrees of empirical generalization which resulted in the identification of five positive (effective) and four negative (ineffective) behavioural dimensions (BDs) derived, respectively, from 14 positive and 9 negative deduced behavioural categories (BCs). These BDs and underpinning BCs are expressed in the form of an emergent two-factor universalistic behavioural model of perceived managerial and leadership effectiveness. We suggest the model could be used to critically evaluate the relevance and appropriateness of existing training provision for physician leaders, nurse managers and other healthcare managers/leaders in public hospitals or to design new explicit training programmes informed and shaped by healthcare-specific management research, as called for in the literature.
  • Transforming Africa's socio-economic landscape through entrepreneurialism

    Anosike, Paschal (Africa Policy Review, 2017-07-31)
  • Beyond COVID-19: Lessons for social protection from WFP's work in East Africa in 2020

    Slater, Rachel; McCord, Anna; Devereux, Stephen; Baur, Daniela; Trotter, Danielle; Bright, Rosie (World Food Programme, 2021-05-01)
    In May 2020, RBN established a Social Protection Learning Facility to enhance evidence-based decision making, learning and accountability in WFP’s social protection work in the context of COVID-19 and other shocks. The Facility combined real-time evaluation of WFP’s activities with technical assistance to WFP staff who were navigating difficult trade-offs as they sought to support governments to flex social protection in the region. It comprised of social protection researchers and advisors who provided on demand support to WFP in areas of programme design, implementation and wider strategic considerations in WFP’s work, and offered ‘Ideas Space’ sessions to support the sharing of experiences. This report is a product of the first phase of the facility and focuses on lessons learned from WFP’s work in 2020 that are important for the social protection sector in the region going forward.
  • Ukraine - can social protection be sustained and support a humanitarian response?

    Sojka, Bozena; Harvey, Paul; Slater, Rachel (Centre for International Development and Training, University of Wolverhampton, 2022-03-15)
  • Guest editorial: International sources for advertising and marketing history

    Hawkins, Richard; Neilson, Leighann (Emerald, 2022-05-06)
  • Women in business leadership in the Midlands

    Mahmood, Samia; Eke, Priscilla; Mpofu, Tanya; Machold, Silke (The University of Wolverhampton, 2022-03-28)
    This report summarises a research project commissioned by the Midlands Engine on women in business leadership in the Midlands. Prior research has shown that women are under-represented at executive and board levels and less likely than men to be involved in entrepreneurship (Rose, 2019; Vinnicombe et al., 2021). These studies also advocated that more diverse leadership and greater inclusivity leads to significant business and societal benefits. This research focuses on women on boards and women-owned business leadership in the East and West Midlands to provide a much-needed regional perspective on this phenomenon. The research, undertaken by the University of Wolverhampton, aimed to understand better the current representation of women on boards and women-owned businesses in the Midlands region, identify barriers to gender diversity and inclusivity, and provide recommendations to promote gender diversity in leadership. Women hold 15.8% of directorships in the top 350 public and private companies in the Midlands, lower than the UK’s large public companies. Moreover, women account for only 7.8% of executive directorships in the Midlands’ top 350 companies compared to 13.7% and 11.3% in FTSE100 and FTSE250 companies, respectively. Among the Midlands top 350 companies, 169 have exclusively male boards (48%). In addition, women both lead and own a lower percentage of small businesses in the Midlands than in most England regions. Data collected through interviews with stakeholders show that in addition to well-documented gender biases, the presence of historically male-dominated industries and a prevalence of cultural stereotypes have impeded progress towards greater diversity and inclusivity in the Midlands. Nevertheless, many industry leaders in the Midlands are championing women’s inclusion within their organisations and leadership teams by creating platforms for representation, advocating role models and supporting flexible working. The report identifies examples where such actions resulted in a critical mass of women in the boardroom. Yet without effective interventions on a wider scale, the barriers identified can significantly inhibit the growth of women-led businesses, impede greater diversity in leadership positions in the region and, therefore, make it challenging to achieve the goal of gender diversity and inclusivity. The findings lead to proposals for interventions to promote women into leadership at a range of scales: at the individual level, such as tackling biases and allyship; at the organisational level, such as flexible working hours and targets towards gender balance, and; at the regional level, such as support networks and targeted resources.
  • A demographic snapshot of the profession: The 2021 census of sign language translators & interpreters in the UK

    Napier, Jemina; Skinner, Robert; Adam, Robert; Stone, Christopher; Pratt, Sandra; Obasi, Chijoke (Association of Sign Language Interpreters, 2021-08)
  • Being in it to win it

    Stone, Christopher; Coster, Stefan (Sveriges Teckenspråkstolkars Förening, 2018-12-31)
  • Using interviews and focus groups to investigate the effectiveness of mentoring in a UK healthcare trust

    Jones, Jenni; Tilly, Liz (Routledge, 2021-12-29)
    Mentoring is increasingly being used in a healthcare setting as it is seen to hugely benefit both individuals and organisations. This research is aimed at investigating WHAT is being learnt, WHAT are the moderating factors and HOW do both these factors change over time, within mentoring relationships. 38 semi-structured interviews and two focus groups were used to find out more from six mentoring dyads about their lived experience of being both mentors and mentees. Key findings were that both parties learnt in all four learning domains, learning fluctuated over time and that common factors were both facilitating and hindering for both parties. Methods are reflected upon and recommendations for future similar studies shared. The six NHS values are discussed in harmony with mentoring values, together with the impact on supporting managers as mentors and mentees for the future. In short, it is concluded that using mentoring to develop more skilled managers and leaders in healthcare, will ultimately mean more supported and nurtured teams, which will in turn will mean happier employees and ultimately better supported and nurtured patients.

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