How to be successful on the academic job market

Now that the new academic year has arrived, many Ph.D. students will be going on the job market for the first time.…


Why US battery startups fail – and how to fix it

A new study published in MRS Energy & Sustainability investigates why so many of these American battery materials startups are failing under the current venture capital funding model.


Why your US credit card bills come from Sioux Falls; a brief history of US consumer finance

Sean Vanatta’s article Citibank, Credit Cards, and the Local Politics of National Consumer Finance, 1968–1991, published in Business History Review, is the winner of the 2016 Henrietta Larson Article Award.…


Taking back control and handing it back to corporations: The UK’s Brexit

Below is a blog based on Kevin Farnsworth’s Journal of Social Policy article. A longer, fully-referenced version can be found at: http://www.corporate-welfare-watch.org.uk/ Many of those who voted to leave the EU would have been encouraged to do so in order to ‘take back control’ from Brussels.…


Using third-party endorsements to build a brand’s reputation: The case of British chocolate

This blog post is based on the author’s paper Building Reputation through Third-Party Endorsement: Fair Trade in British Chocolate, published in Business History Review.…


Who wants to put pressure on the unemployed?

Welfare states support vulnerable citizens by means of different types of social policy. Examples include unemployment and pension benefits, and social assistance schemes.…


International Investment Law and the UNGP

Several recent developments highlight the precarious relationship between international investment law (“IIL”), the law that protects foreign corporations (and other foreign investors) when they enter a new state, and international human rights law (“IHRL”), particularly the human rights of communities and individuals affected by foreign businesses.…


Emerging into Focus: The Neglected Right and the Forgotten Pillar

Mental health considerations and remediation in cases of corporate-related human rights harm Reflecting on the theme of “Realizing Access to Remedy” at the upcoming UN Annual Forum, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights asserts that Pillar III of the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) is losing the epithet ‘forgotten pillar.’ Remedy is now being drawn into focus, both at the Forum and increasingly in the business and human rights world.…