Business

Don’t say goodbye to Zoom yet: most people want to get back to the office, but not for the full week

Can we say goodbye to Zoom yet? Not quite. Gabriel Benois/unsplash, FAL Abigail Marks, Newcastle University; Lila Skountridaki, University of Edinburgh, and Oliver Mallett, University of Stirling As more and more good news about vaccines has come pouring in, Zoom has watched its shares tumble. Contrary to nervous markets, however, we believe video conferencing and remote working are here to …

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NIO: what China’s star electric car maker can learn from Tesla

Could China become the world leader in electric vehicles? xujun/shutterstock Tom Stacey, Anglia Ruskin University Tesla is about to make Elon Musk the third richest man in the world, after it was added to the S&P 500 index, causing shares in the company to rise by 13%. But Tesla isn’t the only electric car company seeing its stocks surge dramatically …

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It’s not just you – work during COVID has become much harder

As if work wasn’t taxing enough, now we had to manage family simultaneously. Charles Deluvio/unsplash Eva Selenko, Loughborough University The pandemic has seriously altered how we work. According to statistics published by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in September 2020, US$35 trillion (£26 trillion) has been lost globally in labour income. There has also been an estimated loss of 17% …

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Ethiopia’s Tigray region has seen famine before: why it could happen again

Around 25,000 Ethiopians fleeing conflict in the Tigray region have crossed into neighbouring Sudan. Photo by EBRAHIM HAMID/AFP via Getty Images Seppe Deckers, KU Leuven; Jan Nyssen, Ghent University, and Sil Lanckriet, Ghent University A new military conflict is sadly unfolding in the Horn of Africa. On November 4th, 2020, a military conflict erupted between the forces of the federal …

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Cities need to embrace the darkness of the night sky – here’s why

Tungphoto/Shutterstock.com Nick Dunn, Lancaster University As the coronavirus pandemic has moved around the world, cities have gone into lockdown and people have been encouraged to stay at home. In many places, curfews have been introduced. Back in spring under the first UK lockdown, I went on numerous night walks in my home city of Manchester. I was struck by several …

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Working from home during COVID-19: What do employees really want?

How do people really feel about working from home? (Corinne Kutz/Unsplash) Johanna Weststar, Western University; Carolyn Troup, Griffith University; David Peetz, Griffith University; Ioana Ramia, UNSW; Sean O’Brady, McMaster University; Shalene Werth, University of Southern Queensland; Shelagh Campbell, University of Regina, and Susan Ressia, Griffith University Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there has been lots of talk about how people …

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Immigrant women are falling behind during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dollarama worker Ze Carole Benedict, originally from Cameroon, addresses a demonstration in Montréal in August 2020 to join in calls for higher pay and better working conditions amid COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson Amrita Hari, Carleton University and Luciara Nardon, Carleton University Immigrant women are feeling the brunt of the negative economic and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic — …

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Coronavirus is spreading rapidly through workplaces – here’s what is needed to make them safer

El Nariz/Shutterstock Andrew Watterson, University of Stirling The small town of Watton, Norfolk recently held the unfortunate title of having England’s highest rate of infection with COVID-19 relative to population size, following an outbreak at a food factory. Despite varying degrees of lockdown restrictions due to the pandemic, many people in the UK are still going in to their workplaces. …

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How mobile shopping habits differ around the world, from Brazil to Australia

Research show comfort levels, value perceptions and motivations when it comes to m-commerce differ depending on whether consumers live in developed or developing countries. (Pexels) Narongsak (Tek) Thongpapanl, Brock University; Abdul Rehman Ashraf, Brock University; Ali Anwar, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Luciano Lapa, Indiana University Mobile commerce (m-commerce) platforms often operate in several international markets. M-commerce managers often focus on …

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Lookism: beauty still trumps brains in too many workplaces

How to get ahead. Ines Bazdar

How to get ahead. Ines Bazdar Christopher Warhurst, University of Warwick and Dennis Nickson, University of Strathclyde Universities position themselves as places where brains matter. It seems strange then that students at a US university would rate attractive academics to be better teachers. This was the finding of a recent paper from the University of Memphis, which concluded that female …

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