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  • The manager as coach

    Ellinger, Andrea D.; Jones, Jenni; Hamlin, Robert G.; Beattie, Rona S.; Cox, Elaine; Bachkirova, Tatiana; Clutterbuck, David (SAGE, 2023-11-14)
  • Tokyo Story: #CYMK at Start the Press!

    Harris, Simon J. (2024-02-09)
  • Printmaking communities at the edge of chaos

    Onions, Laura; Harris, Simon J. (University of the West of England, 2024-01-03)
    The theme for the conference, ‘The Printmakers Voice’, and the notion of a ‘Post-pandemic Voice’, has prompted reflection upon the previously taken-for-granted social and material aspects of printmaking now brought into sharp focus. Utilising ideas from complexity theory and alternative geographies within this paper we consider how the printmaking community we are part of has evolved and how the printmaker's voice and the post-pandemic voice meet. Printmaking is an integral part of the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at the Wolverhampton School of Art. With introductory workshops in the first year, developing into an advanced ‘experimental printmaking and photography’ workshop in the second year. In 2016-17 a ‘Print Club’ developed out of this formal teaching and learning space into weekly sessions on Wednesday evenings. The Club brings together students and staff across a range of courses (not solely fine art) who have a specific interest in pursuing printmaking. There are no set agendas, and print club members work alongside each other on their projects in a supportive environment. Some regulars come each week and those who drop in. Some are trying to realise a project and those who want to sit and chat. Recognising the impacts of space and place on social cohesion and voice, we borrow from feminist geographer Doreen Massey, who stated that ‘space is a product of inter-relations between people and place’[i], in which different trajectories co-exist and are always under construction. Collective moments of social interaction orbit around printing presses, spaces of multiplicity embedded within material practices. [i] Massey, D. (2005) For Space. (London: Sage Publishing).
  • ‘“Major H” – the life and times of a Victorian convict prison governor’

    Cox, David; Hale, Joseph; Reader in Criminal Justice History at The University of Wolverhampton (HM Prison Service, 2020-05-04)
  • ‘Fitted both morally and physically to fulfil his proper duties in the battle of life’? – The effectiveness or otherwise of penal servitude and imprisonment 1853–2021

    Cox, David; Reader in Criminal Justice History, University of Wolverhampton (Wiley, 2021-10-11)
    This article is a response to two questions posed in an article published in the first volume of the Howard Journal. That article asked, ‘should penal servitude be abolished?’ and also discussed the merits of ‘preventive detention’, in which so-called ‘habitual’ criminals could be imprisoned for up to ten years after their original sentence had expired, in order to keep the public safe for an extended time. The current article therefore looks at the limitations and problems of penal servitude (which operated from 1853 until 1948) together with a brief examination of the success or otherwise of preventive detention.
  • Diversity and inclusion in the screen industries: a rapid evidence assessment

    Sissons, Paul; Godwin, Eun Sun (University of Wolverhampton, 2024-04-27)
  • Foreign ownership, board of directors and environment commitment in European international new ventures

    Onjewu, Adah-Kole Emmanuel; Nyuur, Richard; Amankwah-Amoah, Joseph; Olan, Femi; Godwin, Eun Sun (Wiley, 2024-12-31)
    This study examines the effect of foreign ownership and the presence of a board of directors on commitment to environmental issues and export intensity. Based on a robust path analysis of 181 international new ventures spanning 25 European countries, it is found that foreign ownership significantly boosts the environmental commitment and exports of this breed of firms. On the contrary, board of directors bears no relationship with the aforementioned outcomes. Theoretically, this paper expands the international entrepreneurship discourse by uncommonly investigating environmental issues in the context of international new ventures. Practically, insights are offered to owners/managers of international new ventures to reflect on the distinctive value of foreign ownership and board of directors in their environmental and internationalisation agenda. Regional policymakers’ attention is drawn to the contribution of foreign ownership as a harbinger of environmental performance and greater export intensity.
  • FDI inflows and economic growth: A novel application of dose-response functions

    Cusimano, Alessandro; Donegani, Chiara Paola; Fantechi, Federico; Godwin, Eun Sun (Macrothink Institute, 2024-03-11)
    In this work we estimate different dose-response functions linking FDI inflows received by developing countries with their economic growth. Although the impact of FDI on the economic growth of host countries has been widely investigated in literature, findings have been ambiguous. Our study proposes a novel ‘dose-response’ approach which allows the response of recipients to different amounts of treatment in terms of FDI inflow to be observed. Our findings show that the estimated dose-response functions are statistically significant for treatment values greater than 20%, after the treatment has been rescaled to a percentage measure of the maximum dose observed, and increasing at a decreasing rate, therefore suggesting three relevant results: a) a country receiving a greater amount of FDI inflows will present a higher economic growth; b) there might be a minimum amount of FDI inflows required to reach some policy effectiveness; c) the initial amounts of FDI inflow are more effective than the subsequent ones. Results will help policymakers to better isolate the effect of FDI on economic growth and conduct informed FDI cost-benefit analysis.
  • Fighting for the soul of coal: Colliery closures and the moral economy of nationalization in Britain, 1947–1994

    Perchard, Andrew; Gildart, Keith; Curtis, Ben; Millar, Grace (Cambridge University Press, 2024-04-10)
    In this article, we explore the impact of colliery closure programs across the nationalized British coal industry. We chart the regional disparities in these and the mobilization of community opposition to national protests, leading to the national miners’ strikes of 1972, 1974, and 1984–5. This article demonstrates how closures have changed the industrial politics of mining unions for miners, junior officials, and managers and have increasingly alienated NCB officials and mining communities. We demonstrate how this undermined the ideals of nationalization. This is examined through moral economic frameworks and within the context of changes to the UK’s energy mix, with implications for contemporary deliberations on public ownership, energy transitions, and regional development.
  • Crossing the science-culture divide: Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049

    Pheasant-Kelly, Frances; Abrams, Nathan; Miller, Elizabeth (Liverpool University Press, 2024-12-31)
  • Introduction

    Pawlett, William (Routledge, 2024-08-01)
  • Dreams of the Earth

    Penzin, Alexey (Chto Delat / What is to be done? collective, 2022-03-14)
  • Collective action against graded inequality: Lessons from Ambedkar and Sartre

    Dhanda, Meena (Philosophy Documentation Center, 2023-01-12)
    This essay juxtaposes the South Asian system of social hierarchies, conceptualized by Babasaheb Ambedkar as “graded inequality” with “serial relations” as conceptualized by Jean-Paul Sartre. Collective action against casteism faces internal problems. The complex psychological dynamics preserved over millennia through caste systems prevent solidarities across castes. The notion of “seriality” helps us to understand the material limitations placed by scripted functional roles on collective action. Internal divisions arising from prioritizing a caste or class perspective can be resolved with a better understanding of how “exigencies of sociality” create an ambiguous unity. A key lesson from Sartre is that it is only through praxis that consciousness remains open to the attractions of solidarity. Cultural otherness disconnected from the materiality of class (or gender) is a distortion. Conceiving of classes as historically determined while ignoring caste-being makes any analysis of revolutionary action incomplete. Reading Ambedkar and Sartre together opens the way for a genuinely historical materialist account of collective action against graded inequality.
  • Sexual violence, gender and race in The Keeping Room: revisioning the revenge western

    Pheasant-Kelly, Frances; Matheson, Sue (Edinburgh University Press, 2024-12-01)
  • Sorcery in the suburbs: Bewitched, resistance and gender transgression

    Pheasant-Kelly, Frances; Brode, Doug; Deyneka, Leah (Bloomsbury Academic, 2024-11-28)
  • Measuring the impact of scientific publications and publication extenders: examples of novel approaches

    Pal, Avishek; Portegies, Wesley; Schwinn, Jennifer; Taylor, Michael; Rees, Thomas J.; Thomas, Sarah; Brown, Kim; Morrell, Gareth; Nicholson, Josh; Falcone, Brian; et al. (Taylor & Francis, 2024-02-29)
    Different stakeholders, such as authors, research institutions, and healthcare professionals (HCPs) may determine the impact of peer-reviewed publications in different ways. Commonly-used measures of research impact, such as the Journal Impact Factor or the H-index, are not designed to evaluate the impact of individual articles. They are heavily dependent on citations, and therefore only measure impact of the overall journal or researcher respectively, taking months or years to accrue. The past decade has seen the development of article-level metrics (ALMs), that measure the online attention received by an individual publication in contexts including social media platforms, news media, citation activity, and policy and patent citations. These new tools can complement traditional bibliometric data and provide a more holistic evaluation of the impact of a publication. This commentary discusses the need for ALMs, and summarizes several examples – PlumX Metrics, Altmetric, the Better Article Metrics score, the EMPIRE Index, and scite. We also discuss how metrics may be used to evaluate the value of “publication extenders” – educational microcontent such as animations, videos and plain-language summaries that are often hosted on HCP education platforms. Publication extenders adapt a publication’s key data to audience needs and thereby extend a publication’s reach. These new approaches have the potential to address the limitations of traditional metrics, but the diversity of new metrics requires that users have a keen understanding of which forms of impact are relevant to a specific publication and select and monitor ALMs accordingly.
  • Dying 2 Talk: Generating a more compassion community for young people

    Booth, Jane; Croucher, Karina; Walters, Elizabeth; Sutton-Butler, Aoife; Booth-Boniface, Emmelia; Coe, Mia (Springer Science and Business Media LLC, 2023-11-27)
    People in the Global North often have a problem talking about — and processing — the inevitability of death. This can be because death and care of the dying has been professionalised, with encounters of death within our families and communities no longer being ‘normal and routine’ (Kellehear 2005). Young people are particularly excluded from these conversations, with implications for future mental health and wellbeing (Ainsley-Green 2017). Working in Wolverhampton and Bradford, the Dying 2 Talk (D2T) project aimed to build young people’s future resilience around this challenging topic. We recruited over 20 young people as project ambassadors to co-produce resources that would encourage talk about death, dying and bereavement. The resources were used as the basis of ‘Festivals of the Dead’ which were taken to schools to engage wider audiences of young people (aged 11 +). The project aimed to use alternative ‘ways in’ to open discussion, beginning with archaeology, and ultimately using gaming, dance, creative writing and other creative outputs to facilitate discussion, encourage compassionate relationships and build resilience. The resources succeeded in engaging young people from ages 11–19 years, facilitating a comfortable and supportive environment for these vital conversations. Project evaluations and observations revealed that the Festivals, and the activities co-created by the young ambassadors helped to facilitate spontaneous conversations about death, dying and bereavement amongst young people by providing a comfortable and supportive environment. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/V008609/1), building on a pilot project funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund at the University of Bradford.
  • Sense Less

    Altintzoglou, Evripidis; Altintzoglou, Themistoklis (Unpublished, 2023-05-15)
  • Triggers, content, and enforcement: directors’ duties to creditors – where are we after Sequana?

    Walton, Peter (University of Wolverhampton, 2024-04-01)
    Despite their codification by the Companies Act 2006, there remain several unresolved issues in relation to directors’ duties, in particular, how those duties operate when a company becomes insolvent or where its insolvency is imminent. In 2022, the Supreme Court in BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana SA provided much needed clarity in this area but some questions remain unanswered. This article looks at the Supreme Court’s decision in order to assess when the directors’ duty owed to their company shifts from a duty to act in the best interests of the company’s members to one where the interests of the company’s creditors are paramount or at minimum must be considered alongside the interests of the members. The nature of this ‘creditors’ duty’ will be considered, along with what triggers it and who, if anyone, can enforce it. Although limited to the duty under section172 of the Companies Act 2006, the Sequana case appears to open up the creditors’ duty to all of the directors’ codified duties. The Sequana decision also points out the similarities between the creditors’ duty and the insolvency office-holder actions available under sections 214 and 239 of the Insolvency Act 1986. It is argued here that it may be time to consider opening up the opportunity for creditors to bring a derivative action on behalf of the company for breach of the creditors’ duty.

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