Comment & analysis

LUMS researchers provide opinion and expert analysis of today's key issues.
Autumn Statement lacks a clear vision of the route ahead 04/12/14

Autumn Statement lacks a clear vision of the route ahead

Geraint Johnes says that the Chancellor's Autumn Statement tells us something about the way in which the government sees the economy moving over the next few years, and rather less about how it plans further to reduce the budget deficit.

Why employers need to pay attention to the business of health 27/11/14

Why employers need to pay attention to the business of health

The Work Foundation's Stephen Bevan argues that if government wants to reap the societal benefits of a healthier workforce, it has to invest more in well-targeted incentives to employers to encourage them to act in their own interests and those of society at large.

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, with a career path that promises 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.