#Coronavirus and the numbers that clarify or obfuscate

Dr David Pendleton, Professor in Leadership, Henley Business School, University of Reading In the pandemic, our lives are ruled and dominated by numbers, especially when they change unexpectedly.  The number of cases, deaths, infection rates (R), and hospitalisations are meant to inform us about the impact of the virus on the nation’s health.  The employment…

Algorithms

Dr David Pendleton, Professor in Leadership Algorithms are in the news.  An algorithm is a set of rules or a procedure for solving a problem.  Who would have thought that such an esoteric thing as an algorithm would be getting so many people so hot under the collar?  We all use algorithms all the time,…

Has stock market disconnect from world economy left investors guessing?

The impact of COVID-19 has left the stock market out of alignment with the world’s real economy. In fact it’s broken, says Nada Kakabadse, Professor of Policy, Governance and Ethics at Henley Business School, and Dr Kirill Perchanok, investor and author. The relationship between stock and bond returns is one of the fundamental building blocks…

Light at the end of the tunnel: Leading with hope through Covid-19

By Dr Amal Ahmadi A frog started to climb a tree with the goal to reach the top. Other frogs repeatedly jumped and shouted, “it’s impossible, it’s impossible, you will fall”. Yet the frog successfully reached the top of the tree despite the negative noise. How? It was deaf, and instead, thought that the other…

The Transition to Virtual Learning

Undeniably, we are living in a different world than we were a couple of months ago. The Covid-19 has affected our lives in ways that we can’t imagine, physically and mentally. Schools are closed, businesses are shut down, sports are suspended and families are separated. With all the uncertainties around us, it is normal for us to…

When Organisational Values Challenge Your Own

By Professor Ben Laker Leading culture is one of the most difficult of executive challenges because it comprises interlocking sets of values and assumptions that sometimes differ from our own. This is incredibly difficult when external pressures such as the coronavirus crisis are affecting our emotional resilience and outlook. Teams need a fusion and myriad…

Adding purpose to our internal dialogues

By Dr Tatiana Rowson How our internal conversation drives our behaviour, especially during periods of transitions, has always fascinated me. Understanding this internal process was the main reason I went on to study psychology and trained as a psychotherapist. This is still a featured topic in my teaching and research today, from various perspectives such…

The 1st Year myth

As a student going into your first year of University you can be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed by the generalisations people make about first year. It’s important not let some of the stereotypes and myths discourage you, after all, we’re all different and experience university in our own way.Many college or sixth form…

My MSc at Henley

Hi, everybody! I am very happy and honoured to be able to share with you my experience of studying and living at Henley Business School. I am Felicia Qi, currently studying the MSc Management (International Business) programme. My fate with Henley began in early 2019, when I also had offers from other schools. However, it…

My Henley Postgrad

Having completed my undergraduate degree in 2017, the reality dawned that I had to make another major life decision which would affect me for the next few years: where to undertake my postgraduate degree? Having done much research and searching for programmes from various institutions and universities, I came across the Business Technology Consulting programme…