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The conundrum of economic growth

By |September 4th, 2014|

Birmingham City Business School’s Dr Steve McCabe comments on the CBI’s prediction that UK growth will slow in the second half of 2014.

The announcement by the CBI that it expects UK economic growth to slow in the second half of this year is interesting and, of course, somewhat worrying.

Compared to only last year the forecast […]

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The Tesco dilemma: what to do next?

By |September 1st, 2014|

Dr Steve McCabe, Director of Research Degree Programmes, Birmingham City Business School

If Dave Lewis, the new chief executive of Tesco, is a football fan he will be well aware of the fact that Louis van Gaal, Manchester United’s latest manager, is finding life tough. Only a couple of seasons ago Man United were a club […]

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Oil and its economic significance in the Scottish Independence debate

By |August 28th, 2014|

Dr Steve McCabe, Director of Research Degree Programmes, Birmingham City Business School

In the debate concerning the potential for Scotland to become an independent country after the forthcoming referendum on 18 September, a great deal of attention is being focused on its ability to survive economically without financial support from Westminster. And not surprisingly there is […]

St Valentine’s Day – what does it mean for business?

By |February 4th, 2014|

By Dr Steve McCabe – Birmingham City Business School

There is no doubt that St Valentine’s Day is good business. According to a survey carried out last year by the US-based Retail Advertising and Marketing Association (RAMA) the amount spend was £13.19 billion (just over £8 billion).

This study presents some fascinating statistics such as the fact […]

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The on-going saga of HS2

By |August 20th, 2013|

By Dr Steve McCabe – Birmingham City Business School

Birmingham City Business School is one of the longest established and most respected Business Schools in the UK, with a strong focus on practice-based learning alongside links to services and business. With over 3,200 students, it is also now one of the largest Business Schools and enjoys enormous […]

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A “lost generation” may fall through the funding gap unless George Osborne invests wisely – and quickly

By |June 26th, 2013|

By Dr Steve McCabe – Birmingham City University’s Business School

The need to improve the lot of young people who end up out of work, so called ‘NEETS’ – those not in education, employment or training – has been identified as being a major concern by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development).

In their report ‘Education […]

Cyprus saved but worse to come

By |March 27th, 2013|

By Dr Steve McCabe – Birmingham City University’s Business School

Any temptation to celebrate the EU/INF bailout of Cyprus and that the dream of a ‘United States of Europe’ will have been tempered by the fact that this deal is not one that will be good for anyone in particular; least of all Cypriots who can […]

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China’s thirst for natural resources continues

By |March 26th, 2013|

By Dr Steven McCabe – Birmingham City Business School

The economic problems experienced in this country the early 1970s were, in large part, caused by the price of oil rapidly increasing.

Though we were to become a major oil producer, our development of the North Sea was still under development.

Our economic expansion in the decades after the […]

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Can you be too successful too soon in business?

By |March 12th, 2013|

By Dr Steven McCabe – Birmingham City University’s Business School

The BBC website contains a story about a San Francisco-based online fashion company American Giant which describes what happens if you experience sudden success, in terms of customer orders, which cannot be fulfilled.

Nobody who starts a business wants to be anything less than successful.

However, as the […]

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Is Yahoo right to ban homeworking?

By |March 7th, 2013|

By Dr Steve McCabe – Birmingham City University

Writing in Management Today earlier this week, Charles Black, CEO of ‘cloud computing’ company Nasstar PLC, comments on Yahoo’s recent decision to ban its employees from being allowed to work at home.

As Black acknowledges, there is good reason (and research) which supports the notion that allowing people […]