Comment & analysis

LUMS researchers provide opinion and expert analysis of today's key issues.
How forecasting undermines the need for zero hour contracts 21/11/14

How forecasting undermines the need for zero hour contracts

Robert Fildes, writing in The Conversation, asks whether employers really need to rely on using zero hour contracts to manage large numbers of staff.

The minimum wage and young workers 19/11/14

The minimum wage and young workers

Geraint Johnes says there is a need for employers to nurture younger workers, providing them with jobs that offer a genuine career path with the promise of development and progression.

Do we need HR? How the function has developed 18/11/14

Do we need HR? How the function has developed

In an opinion piece in HR Magazine, Paul Sparrow describes some of the themes of the latest book to come out of Lancaster's Centre for Performance-Led HR.

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Will devolving powers to Manchester really stimulate economic development? 07/11/14

Will devolving powers to Manchester really stimulate economic development?

Geraint Johnes says that creation of a nexus of political authority in Manchester may well hinder economic integration of the north rather than aid it. 

London’s congestion charge increases speed and saves lives 04/11/14

London’s congestion charge increases speed and saves lives

Writing in the Conversation, Professor Colin Green describes research which shows that London’s congestion charge has led to a significant fall in road traffic accidents.

'Smart drugs' in the workplace 30/10/14

'Smart drugs' in the workplace

Writing in HR Magazine, Dr Karen Dale calls for more debate about use and effect of 'smart drugs' at work.

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There are two sides to flexibility 30/10/14

There are two sides to flexibility

In his column in HR Magazine Cary Cooper says that new underemployment figures hint at the polarising effects of flexibility without balance.

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Europe’s stress tests find 25 banks wanting, but it’s not all bad news 28/10/14

Europe’s stress tests find 25 banks wanting, but it’s not all bad news

Kim Kaivanto says that the ECB’s stress tests on European banks sets a new standard for confidence-building transparency in the Euro area.

HR must stay focused on NHS wellbeing 23/10/14

HR must stay focused on NHS wellbeing

In an opinion piece in HR magazine, Professor Cary Cooper says that for most NHS staff the desire to help people and their own control over that role that is the real driver of wellbeing.

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