Leadership of the Cashless Society

MANY ECONOMISTS believe the world will someday be cashless. They point to India, which recently banned notes with lower denominations. “How long before the UK follows suit, and what should leaders know about this growing phenomenon”, asks Henley Business School Professor Dr Benjamin Laker. Consumers are embracing a wide array of payment options in today’s…

Through the Telescope: Work and Leadership in 2028

Sometimes it is wonderful how an exciting and thought-provoking piece of work can simply land on your desk. Deutsche Telekom and Detecon International asked me and Obiageli Heidelberger-Nkenke at the Henley Centre for Leadership to partner with them and explore how work and leadership might look in 2028.  Our investigations have resulted in a report…

How can a drone and hot weather help us find medieval Greenlands?

If you follow the stories in the UK media, you would not imagine that anything good could come from a period of dry and sunny weather. But there are some surprising benefits to the heatwave that we can share which provide valuable insights into the history of our Greenlands campus. An ongoing project is investigating…

What kind of leader do we now need?

There has been a great deal of noise on the streets of the UK.  The two main causes have been football and the visit of President Trump, and while the scope of these topics is vastly different, there is an interesting comparison to draw between them in terms of leadership. bullish directness… There can seldom…

Where is the world in the World Cup?

Ahead of the semi-finals this week, Professor Adrian Bell, Head of the ICMA Centre and football finance expert, reflects on the World Cup so far… Don’t get me wrong, I have loved this World Cup, and perhaps for once this is a universal feeling, but there is something missing, and it isn’t the lack of…

Meet Norma, Henley’s IdeaFest 2018 winner

A delicious, innovative and healthy business idea that surprised all of the 6 judges was this year’s IdeaFest winner! Imagine the best brownie you’ve ever had, made out of water, oil, Norma veggie mix and… salad!Yep, you read right, Norma brownies are vegan, have about 50% less calories than a normal brownie (466 calories per…

Is the #MeToo Movement the Tip of the Iceberg?

It has been startling and infuriating over the last few months to see the emergence of story after story of women being sexually exploited by men in the workplace, whether that is the movie industry, music, the arts or indeed any other organisation or industry. The movement started as a result of the revelations in…

The Defenders of the perfect team structure

Somethings can’t be tackled alone, they are too big; too complex; too daunting for one person, however super-heroic.  That seems to be the situation that Netflix’s Marvel heroes find themselves in the new series The Defenders. But working together can be hard, so how can Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist & Daredevil ensure that…

Discussing the tail-end of Globalisation

Opening Plenary and Debate: “The tail-end of globalisation − Three alternative views” Chair: Davide Castellani Panellists: Italo Colantone, Fabienne Fortanier, Sjoerd Beugelsdijk The 44th AIB (UKI) and 6th Reading Conference opens with an interesting and current debate on the tail-end of globalisation. After the introduction of the three guest panellists (Colantone, Fortanier, and Beugelsdijk), the chair…

Do MNEs contribute to, or reduce, inequality?

Four scholars, with different backgrounds and perspectives, expressed their views about the effects of multinational enterprises (MNEs) on inequality during a panel at the 44th AIB (UKI) and 6th Reading Conference. In his initial intervention, chair Rajneesh Narula (University of Reading) underlined that globalisation has been great for MNEs, but the same may not be…