Comment & analysis

LUMS researchers provide opinion and expert analysis of today's key issues.
Gas will replace oil in the UK – with or without fracking 06/02/15

Gas will replace oil in the UK – with or without fracking

Fracking might be unpopular with the public and many politicians but gas is still a good bet, says Mark Shackleton, writing in The Conversation.

Greater disclosure harms cartels 05/02/15

Greater disclosure harms cartels

In a guest post on the Columbia Law School CLS Blue Skye blog, Professor Igor Goncharov describes how cartel authorities can foster product market competition by requiring transparent reporting of business performance.

View on the CLS Blue Skye website
Sci-fi becomes reality with the rise of ‘smart drugs’ at work 03/02/15

Sci-fi becomes reality with the rise of ‘smart drugs’ at work

Writing in The Conversation, Karen Dale and Brian Bloomfield say that increased use of "smart drugs" risks creating a new norm in workplace culture.

We need HR for a horizontal world 30/01/15

We need HR for a horizontal world

Writing in HR Magazine, Paul Sparrow says that if HR wants to build and retain a reputation as a vital function then it must embrace horizontal management strategies and build cross-functional skills.

View article on HR Magazine website
UK GAAP or IFRS: The £3.8 bn corporate tax losses research 30/01/15

UK GAAP or IFRS: The £3.8 bn corporate tax losses research

Getting UK corporate tax more into line with an accrual-based accounting system – such as the IFRS – would lead to less volatility: an economy with less unexpected declines, and quicker expected recoveries, argue Lancaster's Igor Goncharov and Martin Jacob from WHU on the Global Accountant website.

View article on the Global Accountant website
Local support back on offer for business through Growth Hubs 21/01/15

Local support back on offer for business through Growth Hubs

Recent government figures show that for the first time in the UK there are now over 5m private sector businesses, an increase of 330,000 from 2013.