TOP FLOOR is the newsletter of
the Centre for Business Research, and is published regularly - both
in hard copy and here, in pdf format, where it can be downloaded.
It carries reports of our latest research, and news about forthcoming
CBR conferences and events. Occasionally, it acts as a forum for more
detailed discussion on a selected theme. Click on the thumbnails below
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Seeking long-term focus for Corporate Britain How can we best encourage Corporate Britainís directors and investors to focus on long-term stability rather than short-term gains? CBRís Simon Deakin responds on behalf of the CBR to a recent BIS consultation.
Boosting Breakthrough Technologies Two new reports from the CBR explore complementary issues around the development and exploitation of new science and technology discoveries.
Does law really matter to economic development? New CBR research is generating hard evidence that challenges previously received wisdom on the way in which 'law matters' to economic development.
Opening the door to fresh ideas: New research centre to give the UK innovation advantage. CBR and Imperial College Business School are
setting up a new collaborative venture Ė the UK Innovation Research Centre (UK~IRC). Highest quality research into how innovation can make businesses more competitive, improve public services delivery and help the UK meet social, environmental and economic challenges.
Innovation Nations - Guiding policy thinking on the real innovation challenges: A report by a CBR team on 'Absorptive Capacity and Regional Patterns of Innovation' has been published as a background paper to the 'Innovation Nation' White Paper. The report looks at regional variations in UK firms' innovation performance and what role absorptive capacity plays in this.
Persuading the public to tolerate more risk: Our society is apparently obsessed with regulating risk out of existence. So how can regulatory agencies introduce more risk-tolerant regulation that both recognises the need of smaller businesses for a lighter touch regime and adequately protects consumers? A CBR conference in Cambridge brought practitioners together to debate the issue.
Money Money Money ...: Are Britainís smaller businesses really worth all the government money thatís being spent on them? This provocative question was posed when Februaryís CBR conference on Enterprise and Innovation unveiled the picture of the enterprise economy painted by six successive CBR surveys in 13 years.
Taking on opinion and inertia: how research evidence influences policy. The Centre for Business Research has made a major contribution to evidence-based policy over the last decade. This was showcased at a two-day event in spring 2006 at the CBR Summit. With associates drawn from fields ranging from law to nuclear science, the range of work presented was extremely broad and the level of international participation high.
Safeguarding the 'Eureka' moment: how the innovation as 'happy accident' is under threat. Absorbing the
shocks: a CBR study finds out how terrorist attacks and the rising pound have affected Britain's
high-tech firms. Squandering human resources: new CBR survey paints a pessimistic picture of the attempt
to upgrade British working practices.
The price of failure: how bankruptcy laws tie down entrepreneurial ambition. 'How can we be sure of
Shell?': CBR researchers assess the impact of the business scandal surrounding the oil giant. Why the British love
working long hours: new CBR study of the EU Working Time Directive.
World economy in the balance: Why the rich would do well to help the poor. The beer beneath
the froth: how existing high-tech small firms are being overlooked by policy makers. Taking science to market: the
relationship between entrepreneurship, university spin-out activity and economic growth.
A bestseller with bite: the book that changed the automotive world.
Small firms short of skills: access to finance no longer the big issue among smaller firms.
A marketplace for ideas: what the future holds for the UK biotech industry in the midst of uncertainty.
Beyond the Good Idea: Manage dynamically - or risk failure.
Policy and the pay gap: how new rights for working parents may worsen the gender pay gap.
Counting the real cost of a takeover: does buying another firm really create value for acquiring companies?
Business Clusters - are they really all they're cracked up to be? Business ethics under the spotlight: how business
ethics and related regulation are developing in an era of globalisation. Putting small firms first: Trade Secretary talks
to Top Floor about how company law must change to help smaller businesses.
Funding innovation - does the law help or hinder? How economic instability 'kills': the impact of macroeconomic
instability on quoted firms in the UK. Tackling child labour. Stephen Rubin, chairman of Pentland
Group, on the issues facing companies trying to end child labour in their supply chains.
Passion and Performance: What happens when business partners fall
out. How to combat bribery in business: Why criminalising bribery
brings new risks for British companies whose staff work abroad. Takeovers
can seriously damage your wealth: New CBR analysis of why most shareholders end up losing money
after a merger.
A partnership of equals? How pressure from shareholders makes it difficult
for the managers to sustain truly co-operative partnerships
with staff and suppliers. TUPE or not TUPE: The role
played by the law in last year's rescue of the Rover Group. Grey Power:
Why US pension funds have recently become a force to reckon with.
Brother, can you spare £100,000? Where small and
medium-sized firms turn when they need capital for expansion. Taking
the profit out of crime: ways the international
financial community is fighting the ever-evolving
crime of money-laundering. How training creates jobs: news from CBR pilot study into the impact
of training on job creation in small