Soft Skills for Leaders by Ben Dowman

In business today, “soft skills” might seem like a misleading term. These crucial abilities, often undervalued, are actually key to successful leadership. In the blog below, Ben Dowman, an experienced leadership consultant and coach, clarifies the importance of soft skills and illustrates how they significantly boost leadership effectiveness.



Research Engagement and Relevance: Reflections from the University of Bristol Business School

On 18th June, the University of Bristol Business School hosted an enlightening event titled “Engagement & Relevance – Point and Counterpoint”, featuring speakers Professor Martin Parker and Professor Robin Holt. The session provided a compelling discourse on the current state of academia, its evolution, and its impact on both research and teaching. This blog post aims to encapsulate the essence of the discussion, highlighting the key points raised by both professors.


Management Consultancy projects – applying learnings to real-world challenges

Group of students standing and talking at Management Consultancy Unit event

At the University of Bristol Business School, students in their third year have the option to select a Management Consultancy unit, through which they have the opportunity to work on bespoke research projects for not-for-profit organisations in areas such as marketing, fundraising, strategy and social impact.

This unit is one of the exciting partnerships between the Business School, Professional Liaison Network and external partners allowing students to apply their academic studies to real world situations.

Read on to find out more about the research undertaken by students on this unit, this year, and the mutual benefits this unit offers students and organisations who take part.


Navigating the grant capture, interdisciplinarity and impact: the early-career researcher (ECR) perspective

Insights and takeaways from the Faculty ECR event ‘How to live well as a researcher?’

Held in an atmospheric suite at Engineer’s House, this event brought together early-career researchers (ECRs) from across the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, offering an opportunity for a dialogue across different schools. Prof Patrick Capps, the Faculty Research Co-Director, welcomed the participants and highlighted the institutional commitment to providing the ECRs with support to develop their research career at Bristol.


Should the state pension age go up in countries with ageing populations?

As societies worldwide get older, the debate over raising the state pension age becomes increasingly pressing. Aging populations, coupled with declining fertility rates and rising life expectancy, are reshaping the landscape of public spending, particularly on pensions. Many countries are grappling with this demographic shift by considering, or implementing, increases in the state pension age.


On tennis business: how slow marketing and quality product bring success to a Spanish tennis academy

Person standing on a tennis court holding a tennis ball and racket

We caught up with Dr Rushana Khusainova, Senior Lecturer in Marketing about her recent experience at 4Slam Tennis Academy in Barcelona. Dr Khusainova’s teaching and research focuses on mindset, marketing and soft skills and so, fascinated by the success and popularity of the academy despite limited use of promotional marketing, Dr Khusainova interviewed 4Slam CEO and co-founder Jairo Velasco about the academy’s marketing strategies.

The academy utilises slow organic marketing, quality product and prioritise user experience as the keys to their success – in the blog below Dr Khusainova shares her findings.


Empowering Future Leaders: Bristol Business Students Assess Sustainability Reporting

Last March, students from MSc Global Operations and Supply Chain Management and students from MSc International Business and Strategy – Global Challenges, participated in the annual auditing exercise assessing companies’ sustainability and ESG reporting.



Navigating Truth in a Post-Trust World: Building Trust in an Era of Disinformation

In today’s day and age, truth is a currency in constant flux. We find ourselves navigating a landscape where facts blur with opinions, and trust seems elusive. But how did we arrive at this juncture, and more importantly, how do we forge a path forward in a post-trust world?


Fostering Impactful Research at the University of Bristol Business School

At the University of Bristol Business School, our academics are dedicated to conducting research that makes a tangible difference in society. On 27th March, an Impact Case Study event was organised by Professor Evarist Stoja and the Business School research team where our academics came together to share and evaluate the impact of their work.


Game On: The Unstoppable Rise of Women’s Sport

Dr Fiona SpotswoodDr Fiona Spotswood from the University of Bristol Business School and Professor Martin Hurcombe from the School of Modern Languages recently co-hosted a day of events exploring the consumption and representation of women’s sport. Their focus was on the historical exclusion within the realm of women’s sports and the exploration of opportunities for future change.