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Business Matters

Business Matters

UBBS and RadioLab have come together to deliver a series of informal discussions on business issues. The series is hosted by Professor Stephen Hyde with his fellow Professors in Management Practice, and others from the world of business. The sessions are designed to help all students discover more about the real world of business. They are very much participative discussions and definitely not lectures! The sessions will cover a wide range of topics and suggestions for new ones are always appreciated. All students are welcome!

You can follow the discussions on Twitter at #BusinessMatters

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Upcoming sessions

Update in process. You can listen to past Business Matters sessions here.

Past sessions

The dangers of Brands and Big Personalities - how ya doin', Jeremy Clarkson?

Loved or loathed, Jeremy Clarkson has been the BBC's most valuable personality for some years, generating many millions for BBC Worldwide through the sale of Top Gear series and other events across the globe. But is it too risky to align your product with one personality?

Join Professors in Management Practice Stephen Hyde and Colin Bradshaw to discuss this topic.
These are discussions - not lectures - and participation from attendees is very much encouraged.

Mergers & acquisitions - what really happens - 4 March

Mergers, takeovers and disposals are in the business headlines every week but what is it actually like to be involved in a takeover battle and its aftermath?

Join Professor in Management Practice Stephen Hyde and David Maddocks, Global Pricing and Reimbursement Director, Diabetes at Astra Zeneca to discuss these matters and hear particularly about David's experience of Pfizer's ultimately unsuccessful bid to acquire Astra Zeneca.

Date: 4th March 2015 at 1pm
Venue: Pod 2

Why being an accountant is exciting

Not everyone is lucky enough to be an accountant! There are even a few people who are not sure they want to be an accountant! But, get those exams out of the way and the world is your oyster. All sorts of business opportunities can open up for you and most of them don't involve slaving over a hot calculator!

Join in our discussion about life in the real business world with Professor in Management Practice Stephen Hyde and Allan McNab, who has held senior management roles in Thomas Cook, Trinity Mirror, Smith Kline and Coopers & Lybrand Consulting and was President of CIMA.

Date: 18th February 2015 at 1pm
Venue: Pod 2

Managing tight cash situations

When your business is having cash-flow problems life isn't easy. Management can have sleepless nights, worried about whether the payroll can be paid this month and whether the business will actually survive. It can also lead to radically improving how the business works and ultimately a better future.

Join in our discussion about life in the real business world with Professor in Management Practice Stephen Hyde, who has had his share of managing businesses short of cash, and Andrew Pickford, Relationship Manager at Barclays Bank.

Date: 4th February 2015 at 1pm
Venue: Pod 2

Handling difficult HR situations

Business executives all have people to manage in their teams. This can often be daunting, especially when difficult decisions have to be taken - redundancies, under-performance, relocation etc.

Join in our discussion of how things go in the real business world. With Professor in Management Practice Stephen Hyde (over 30 years management experience in large companies such as Tesco and small ones such as Emma Bridgewater) and Senior Lecturer in HRM Sarah Jones (ex HR Manager at Thomsonfly/Britannia Airways.)​

Date: 21st January 2015 at 1pm
Venue: Pod 2

Future of UK retail – are big stores dinosaurs?

The UK arguably has led the world with its combination of bricks and mortar and online retailing. So what happens here could be happening soon elsewhere around the globe.

Grocery giants like Tesco, Sainsbury and Morrisons have been battered by limited range discounters; non-food retailers have had to transform themselves - eg Argos and Dixons.

Some see this simply as the result of recession and the growth of online retailing but is there something more fundamental going on? Strategy directors, please step forward..!

Date: 10th December 2014 at 1pm
Venue: Pod 2

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