Leading cos transforming to drive innovation, growth: Report
Business Standard India, 22/01/2015, via Press Trust of India
Leading companies around the world are transforming themselves with a purpose to drive innovation and growth, new research by EY and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, has found. The research highlighted a shift toward "purpose-led" transformation. "We have noticed from a number of conversations with CEOs and senior leaders that defining and implementing 'purpose' is becoming increasingly important to them," Saïd Business School Associate Dean of Executive Education and GTC Fellow Andrew White said.
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Radio: BBC Radio Oxford, David Prever
Observers from Oxford University's Radcliffe Meteorological Observatory, which is based in the garden at Green Templeton College, have determined that December 2014 was Oxford's sunniest December on record.
Sad movies, happy ads
Boston Globe, 11/01/2015, Kevin Lewis
Short article about the dangers for advertisers scheduling an upbeat television advert during a sad or relaxing drama, cites research carried out by Dr Nancy Puccinelli, GTC Associate Fellow and Associate Professor at the Said Business School.
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Don't blame the facilitator
Times Higher Education, 15/01/2015, p28, Sue Shepherd
Opinion piece on the use of headhunters in making senior appointments in Higher Education. Professor Sir David Watson, Principal of Green Templeton College, is quoted as saying that headhunters help create a "competitive waiting room" that is less and less diverse.
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Radio: Today, BBC Radio 4
Professor Trudy Lang of the Centre for Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford comments on the lessons to be learned from the Ebola outbreak.
Gut bacteria, prebiotics and the link between helping stress, anxiety and depression
The Independent online, 08/01/2015, Clio Korn
Scientists at Oxford University have demonstrated that consumption of prebiotics affects both emotional processing and stress hormone levels in healthy volunteers. The study found that volunteers who took a prebiotic called B-GOS paid less attention to negative words, and more attention to positive ones, than those taking placebo. Volunteers taking B-GOS also had lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their saliva after three weeks on the prebiotic than they had at the beginning of the experiment. Author Clio Korn is a GTC DPhil student researching Neuroscience.
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Cracks in the digital map: what the 'geoweb' gets wrong about real streets
The Guardian online, 08/01/2015, Henry Grabar
The 'geoweb' of digital urban maps is full of omissions and distortions. Article includes comment from Mark Graham, a senior research fellow at Oxford Internet Institute.
Family planning relaxation has little effect on fertility rates: study
Global Times (China), 04/01/2015, Sun Wei
The 2013 reforms aimed at relaxing China's 'one-child policy' are likely to have a limited effect on the country's long-term demographic trends, or solve the problem of China's shrinking workforce, according to a report by the University of Oxford and Xi'an Jiaotong University. The researchers explored the effect of reforms which allow couples in which one member is an only child to have two children. Report co-author Stuart Basten, GTC Fellow and associate professor at the University of Oxford, is quoted.