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Chinese Companies in the UK and US: Prospects and Concerns article featured in Boao Review Magazine

Professor Adrian Bell, Head of the ICMA Centre, Dr Zhiyao Chen and Yeqin Zeng have recently written a long form article titled ‘Chinese Companies in the UK and US: Prospects and Concerns’. The article was published in January’s edition of Boao Review Magazine, a Journal of Economic Commentaries for the Asia-Pacific Region.

The article notes how the past twenty years has “witnessed the international expansion of Chinese multinational companies, especially in developed countries such as the UK and US” and describes how these Chinese multinational companies are “not only from the traditional manufacturing industry, but also from industries such as technology, energy, entertainment and education.”

The article looks at the expansion and investment of multinational Chinese companies, the support received from US and UK governments and the opportunities and concerns going forward.

You can read the article in full here (english) or the original copy in chinese is available at these links part1, part2, part3.

ICMA Centre research featured in Spanish Newspaper ‘Expansión’

Professor Adrian Bell, Head of the ICMA Centre, was featured recently in the Spanish Newspaper ‘Expansión’ (http://www.expansion.com/).

On 02/01/2014 an article titled ‘Clubes cotizados: mejor despidos que dimisiones’ explored the relationship between the performance of football managers and their likelihood of being sacked. The article featured the publication of Professor Adrian Bell, Professor Chris Brooks and Dr Tom Markham titled: ‘The performance of football club managers: skill or luck?’.

You can read the article here.

Financial regulation and how business schools are rebalancing learning to help create a safer financial future

Professor John Board, Dean of Henley Business School and Director of the ICMA Centre, was recently interviewed by the Financial Times on the subject of financial regulation and what business schools can do to help create a safer financial industry.

John discussed with Emma Boyde, Business Education Reporter at the FT, that regulation and an increase in prosecutions has helped make the financial industry a little safer and had a salutary effect on the behaviour of finance professionals. He indicated that mistakes have been caused by bad practice and the introduction of new products without fully understanding them, and that while increased technical regulation has its place, regulation of behaviour is essential.

When asked about what business schools could do to make the financial world a safer place, Professor Board commented:

“A lot of business schools are re-thinking their positions on the balance between technical details of financial products and more traditional leadership, strategy and ethical behaviours which business schools would’ve been teaching 20 or 30 years ago.”

He said that Henley Business School is “being very clear about the balance between personal development and personal behaviour and the way businesses should be run, the way strategy has to be embedded deeply in a firm…it’s got to be clear, it’s got to be consistent and it’s got to be forced through to every part of the firm.”

To view the full interview with Professor John Board on the Financial Times’ website, click here.

BBC South today broadcast live from the ICMA Centre

Professor Adrian Bell, Head of the ICMA Centre, was interviewed by BBC South on Thursday 05 December 2013. The BBC broadcasted live from one of the ICMA Centre’s dealing rooms which was filled with students engaging in a trading simulation. The interview was reflecting on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

When asked about the Autumn Statement and economic growth in the Thames Valley, Professor Adrian Bell replied: “I think we are very lucky here in the Thames Valley, we are seeing lots of external investment, especially from Chinese companies, who are setting up here and employing local people, which contributes to the local economy.”

BBC South’s Business editor, Alistair Fee, asked what was driving the growth and Professor Bell stated: “Really we are looking at growth being driven by consumer spending because consumers are not saving since interest rates are close to zero. What we really need is investment to drive the economy forward.”

You can watch the full interview on BBC South Today here or read more about our Thomson Reuters equipped dealing rooms here.

New Masters Degree in Energy, Finance and Investment Launched

The ICMA Centre has launched a new full time MSc in Energy, Finance and Investment for students entering in Sep 2015. The programme is part of Henley Business School’s recently developed portfolio of Energy programmes.

The Masters aims to address the educational needs of the increasingly challenging, rapidly evolving and highly competitive energy sector with particular focus on the interactions between the global financial and energy markets. Participants will specialize in energy markets and technologies with particular focus on oil and gas, the energy business environment, associated economic and geopolitical concepts influencing the global energy industry, the selection and financing of energy projects under uncertainty, the risk management instruments employed as well as the tools and techniques used in energy trading. They will also gain exposure to the structure and operations of financial markets and institutions, securities trading, corporate transactions, valuation and investment strategies.

Dr Alexandridis and Professor Kalyuzhnova, co-directors of the programme, commented: “We are delighted that this collaboration between the ICMA Centre and the School of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour within Henley Business School has materialised. Our respective expertise in finance education and energy studies that integrates theory with practice and our excellent industry links are the cornerstones of this new programme that aims to attract graduates seeking to develop or embark upon a finance-based career within the wider energy sector.  The ultimate goal is to educate future leaders in the global energy industry”

For more information visit: http://www.icmacentre.ac.uk/courses/msc-energy-finance-and-investment

Professor Adrian Bell to present at the Financial Services Forum annual conference 2013

The Financial Services Forum annually invites a broad range of industry leaders, academics and researchers to share what the future holds for the financial services industry in B2B marketing. Presentations include: considered first-hand experiences from leading B2B practitioners, parallels between medieval and modern age finance, global perspectives of best practice B2B marketing and the political and regulatory challenges in this space.

Professor Adrian Bell has been invited to present at this year’s annual conference held at BT group, London. More information can be found at this link. 

ICMA Centre lecturer presents in Corporate Social Responsibility and Shipping Symposium

ICMA Centre’s Dr. Ioannis Oikonomou was amongst a small group of distinguished speakers who presented at the Northern European Shipping CSR Symposium held in Helsingor, Denmark.

The objective of this symposium was to present Corporate Social Responsibility as a business case in the maritime industry. Shipping companies are pioneering reporting systems and using innovative thinking to push the CSR concept further and far enough to both sustain the environment and save costs. The conference gave voice to these advancements and involved presentations and panel discussions from both an applied and a theoretical perspective, providing insights relevant for decision makers in the shipping industry. It included presentations and speeches by eminent personalities from different fields including Secretary General of International Maritime Organization Mr. Koji Sekimizu, President of The Carbon War Room and former President of Costa Rica, Mr. Jose Figueres, author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Mr. Edward Humes and key figures from energy giant Shell and leading container shipping conglomerate Maersk.

Dr. Oikonomou’s presentation focused on the empirical evidence concerning the impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on firm financial performance, the role of the Socially Responsible Investing industry and the special case of CSR applications in shipping. “It was a brilliant event with leading personalities from many different backgrounds contributing their own views and expertise on Corporate Social Responsibility and sustainable business practices. The shipping industry exemplifies how crucially important employee health and safety issues, energy and fuel efficiency, nature conservation and inclusive trade can be for a firm’s economic well-being” Dr Oikonomou commented.

Edwise, World Education Fair, Bangalore, India

Thursday, 30th November

11:00-16:00

Vivanta by Taj, 41/3, Trinity Circle, M.G.Road, Bangalore 560001

We are pleased to invite you to meet the ICMA Centre at the Edwise – World Education Fair, Bangalore.

You will have the opportunity to meet with our Academics and members of staff  who will answer any questions you may have on our top ranking finance programs, our state of the art dealing rooms, admission requirements and upcoming scholarship opportunities. For more information about the event please email international@reading.ac.uk or tel +44 (0) 118 378 6982

If you require more information about the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School or the University of Reading please email marketing@icmacentre.ac.uk.

We look forward to meeting you.

Education UK Exhibition, Delhi, India

Saturday, 30th November 2013
14:00-19:00
The Lalit, Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place, New Delhi

We are pleased to invite you to meet the ICMA Centre at the Education UK Exhibition – Delhi.

You will have the opportunity to meet with our Academics and members of staff  who will answer any questions you may have on our top ranking finance programs, our state of the art dealing rooms, admission requirements and upcoming scholarship opportunities. For more information about the event please email international@reading.ac.uk or tel +44 (0) 118 378 6982

If you require more information about the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School or the University of Reading please email marketing@icmacentre.ac.uk.

We look forward to meeting you.

Education UK Exhibition, Bangalore, India

Wednesday, 27th November

14:00-19:00

Vivanta by Taj M G Road, 41/3, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Bangalore

We are pleased to invite you to meet the ICMA Centre at the Education UK Exhibition – Bangalore

You will have the opportunity to meet with our Academics and members of staff  who will answer any questions you may have on our top ranking finance programs, our state of the art dealing rooms, admission requirements and upcoming scholarship opportunities. For more information about the event please email international@reading.ac.uk or tel +44 (0) 118 378 6982

If you require more information about the ICMA Centre, Henley Business School or the University of Reading please email marketing@icmacentre.ac.uk.

We look forward to meeting you.