Trinity Business School has been awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze Award from the Equality Challenge Unit in recognition of their commitment to improving gender equality and representation among their staff and students.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) form a core pillar of both the Trinity Growth and Development Strategy and the University Strategic Plan 2020–2025. With an average success rate of just 30% in most recent years, the Athena Swan award is considered a significant nod for business schools, reflecting Trinity’s commitment to inclusion, diversity and gender parity.

Being one of the few business schools to receive the Bronze Award…


Materialism is not necessarily bad, it can actually do good in societies that put the community first, according to new research by Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).

The study, conducted by Professor Bodo B. Schlegelmilch, compared the values of consumers in the US to consumers in China, India, and Thailand.

In Asia, rapid economic growth and increasing prosperity among the middle classes have led to a surge in consumption — this is often seen as a move towards materialism and individualism.

They found that materialists living in individualistic societies make the kind of expensive purchases expected from a…


7 in 10 young people think the most difficult part of lockdown is having less contact with friends, reveals new research by the University of Cologne.

The study, conducted by Professor Clemens Kroneberg and his research team, found that school pupils suffer from limited face-to-face contact with their friends.

The researchers surveyed just under 600 children aged around 14 or 15 from schools in Germany with a 20-minute questionnaire about their everyday school life and leisure activities.

In addition, about half of the students received eight mini-questionnaires on their daily mood and activities sent to their smartphones over a period…


Soft and supportive regulation is more effective in creating trust and ensuring cooperative behaviour, according to new research by Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).

A team of researchers from WU, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and the University of Cologne have investigated the role that different forms of regulation play in the sharing economy and its communities.

Currently, most companies operating in the sharing economy tend to use forms of harsh regulations, often based on different types of penalties or punishment.

This is because the sharing economy is associated with some inherent risks: People who borrowed a shared car may…


Performance-based pay can have positive motivational effects on employee performance — but only if the incentive systems are clear and transparent, according to new research by Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).

The study, conducted by Isabella Grabner from the Institute for Strategic Management and Managerial Accounting at WU alongside Melissa Martin from University of Illinois, investigated the effects of variation between salaries.

They analyzed data on pay dispersion and its effects on employees, working with a large healthcare provider with a workforce of 8,000 employees and 450 clinics across the United States.

They found that pay transparency can…


The vast majority of change management efforts within organisations fail. According to new research from Nyenrode Business University, change can only truly be successful when you listen to the people in your organisations and (try to) understand their perspectives on an issue as well as their vision for the future.

The study was carried out over a period of eight years and respondents were interviewed about their perceptions and vision of the future of hospitals.

According to lead researcher Jolanda Kroon: ‘Everyone has different (and partly opposing) interests and views but, in spite of their role and tasks, actors look…


Religious people do not generally have better life satisfaction than atheist and non-religious people, according to research by the University of Cologne.

The study, conducted by Katharina Pohls, Thomas Schlosser, and Detlef Fetchenhauer, examined the relationship between religion and life satisfaction in a cultural comparison across 24 countries.

Using data from the World Values Survey, the researchers compared the life satisfaction of people who self-identified as either highly religious, weakly religious, not religious, or specifically atheist, and who lived in countries with different levels of average religiosity and standard of living.

The findings revealed that when taking the influence of…


In 40% of situations, parents would consider giving their children medication to enhance their performance, according to new research by the University of Cologne.

The study, conducted by Dr Sebastian Sattler and his colleague Phillip Linden, investigated what leads parents to give healthy children prescription drugs with active ingredients such as methylphenidate in order to increase their academic and extracurricular performance.

The researchers asked nearly 1,400 American parents of school-aged children to imagine a fictional situation in which another 12-year-old healthy child hopes to win a spelling competition.

They then varied the description of the situation and the information given…


Students and lecturers could benefit from exploring the interrelationships between migration, business and society, according to researchers from Vienna University of Economics and Business.

The researchers, Aida Hajro and Milda Zilinskaite, say that teaching migration in business schools can provide a way to reshape students’ ways of thinking about complex relationships between companies, nation states, intergovernmental organisations, civil society and industry.

This is because migration is a good example to use when teaching responsible global leadership and political CSR as it can contest accepted knowledge, and push learners to acquire more holistic or new ways of generating meaning.

Furthermore, the…


Housing costs are felt more by households that rent, according to new research by Vienna University of Economics and Business.

The study, conducted by Professors Emanuel List and Wilfried Altzinger, investigated the financial burden that housing costs place on particular households and found that housing costs are felt much more strongly by households who rent than those who own.

The research revealed that for homeowners, the average monthly housing costs are 448 Euros, whereas for tenants, the average costs are 40 percent higher at 646 Euros a month.

“Only 3.1 percent of homeowners face a heavy financial burden due to…

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