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Alumni 45 Year Reunion

At the beginning of September, nine alumni from the MSc Management class of 1976/77, a predecessor of our current MBA programme, visited Durham for the weekend for their 45-year reunion.
Four alumni from MSc Management / MBA class of 1976/77

Capping energy costs will damage climate change progress in developing countries

Developing and emerging countries will fail to make any significant contribution to global sustainability efforts, unless governments stop capping electricity prices, according to new research from Associate Professor Laura Marsiliani and Associate Professor Thomas Renstrom alongside colleagues from North South University in Bangladesh and Copenhagen Business School.
Arial photo of high rise buildings during the day in Bangladesh

MBA Mentor of the Year 2022 Announced

Each year, alongside their programme, our Durham MBA (Full-time) students are offered the support of a mentor to help them navigate the demands of MBA study and prepare for the transition to the workplace.
Headshot banner image of Dr Paul Aldrich

High air pollution in cities contributes to firms being less efficient at investing

Firms that are based in a city with high levels of air pollution have much lower efficiency when it comes to corporate investments, according to new research from Guanming He, Associate Professor in Accounting, and Tiantian Lin, from Beijing Jiaotong University.
Aerial Photography of City Buildings Under Cloudy Sky

Majority of customers have a positive experience with customer services robots

Interacting with robots triggers emotions of joy, love, surprise, interest and excitement for customers, whilst discontent is mainly expressed when customers cannot use service robots due to them malfunctioning, according to new research conducted by Dr Zhibin Lin, Associate Professor of Marketing, alongside colleagues from Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, Audencia Business School and Jimei University.
Friendly robot smiling

Reflections from Durham DBA Graduate Tom McDonogh

Ahead of graduation, our DBA alumni Tom McDonogh is looking back at his time at the Business School and sharing memories of his own graduation as well as his experience being on the Durham DBA programme.
Photo of DBA graduate Tom McDonogh and his family

Bargaining over wages can be more effective if done at a sector-level

With inflationary pressures affecting most global economies now, there are growing demands for wage increases by employee groups being hit by the cost-of-living crisis. Professor Bernd Brandl, an expert in employment relations and Human Resource Management, has some pertinent research. Wage bargaining can be much more effective for management and employees if it is done at a higher, sector level as opposed to firm or small groups level. And it can also have a positive impact on the performance.
Crop faceless multi-ethnic interviewer and job seeker going through interview

Emergency shelter start-up wins £100,000-worth of research and business support

Sustainable emergency shelter company Nostos Homes picked up the grand prize of £100,000 worth of research and business support at the ‘just IMAGINE if…’ social enterprise competition hosted at Durham University.
Nostos Homes awarded Just Imagine If prize

Understanding others is key to successful mentorship

New Business School research has found that career mentorship is most successful for mentees who are empathetic and able to understand the perspectives of others.

Does terrorism affect the mergers and acquisitions of companies close by?

This is the question a recent study by Professor Dimitris Petmezas and colleagues from Manchester Alliance Business School and Surrey Business School sought to answer.
Two figures pushing jigsaw pieces together

London most productive region in the UK

London is over 50% more productive than any other region in the UK, according to new research at the School.
London most productive region in the UK