The Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research (LIEBR) is part of Lancashire Business School at UCLan.
LIEBR is led by a Director, Professor Philip B. Whyman, whose role is to co-ordinate activities and manage the work of the institute on a day-to-day basis. The strategic direction of the centre is directed by an executive committee, comprising the Director, the Deputy Director, Professor Andrei Kuznetsov, and two other elected members of the institute. The executive committee has responsibility for reviewing the progress of the institute, and determining the allocation of internal funding. The executive committee, in turn, reports to the Lancashire Business School Research Academy Board, which will oversee all research groups within the business and management cluster.
The institute is located within Lancashire Business School, although members are drawn from across UCLan. Postgraduate research (PGR) and Postgraduate taught (PGT) students are offered affiliated membership, thereby enabling (and encouraging) their participation in the work of the institute.
LIEBR aims to encourage and facilitate research into the interaction between economic, business and public policy, broadly defined. It provides an interdisciplinary space for exchanging and developing ideas relating to the drivers, design, implementation and review of economic, corporate and public policy initiatives, together with their impact upon key stakeholders - primarily business, employees and the community.
The institute seeks to support individual and collaborative research through enabling scholars to better exchange ideas, explore emerging research areas and to work more effectively with stakeholders. Researchers at LIEBR will endeavour to utilise their study of a variety of economic policy-oriented issues to provide input into research-informed public and corporate policy. The institute, moreover, provides a ‘home’ for PGR and PGT students, facilitating greater interaction, through research seminars and similar, though it is important to note that the intention is that this complements and enhances, not replaces, existing opportunities organised by the School.
LIEBR aims to promote, through academic research, a greater understanding of the impact of economic forces upon the lives and livelihoods of businesses, employees and the wider community, and thereby contribute towards the development of more informed public policy.
Palmer, C. and Larson, M. J. (2014) 'When (or how) do the Olympics become ‘stale’?', Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics. DOI: 10.1080/17430437.2014.951437. Article first published online on 05 September 2014.
Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2014) 'Workforce nationality composition and workplace flexibility in Britain', International Journal of Manpower, Special Issue: Labour Market Flexibility and Spatial Mobility, Volume 35, Issue 3. Available at: http://www.journaltocs.ac.uk/index.php?action=tocs&journalISSN=0143-7720&institutionID=durham. Article first published online on 01 August 2014.
Whyman, P. B., M. Baimbridge, M., Buraimo, B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2014) 'Workplace flexibility practices and corporate performance: Evidence from the British private sector', British Journal of Management. DOI: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-8551.12051/abstract. Article first published online on 12 March 2014.
Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2013) 'Workplace flexibility practices in SMEs: Relationship with performance via redundancies, absenteeism, and financial turnover', Journal of Small Business Management. DOI: 10.1111/jsbm.12092. Article first published online on 29 December 2013.
Whyman, P. B., and Petrescu, A. I. (2014) 'Partnership, flexible workplace practices and the realisation of mutual gains: Evidence from the British WERS 2004 dataset', The International Journal of Human Resource Management, Special Issue: Partnership, Collaboration and Mutual Gains: An International Perspective, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp. 829 -851. DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2012.751439. Article first published online on 22 January 2013.
Knowledge Network 4 Business (KN4B)
LIEBR, together with colleagues from across the Lancashire Business School, has established the Knowledge Network 4 Business (KN4B). This aims to develop a series of interlinked, business networks within Lancashire to facilitate knowledge exchange between academic and business participants. It provides the opportunity for small and medium businesses to interact with research-informed evidence, presented by academics from LBS, together with case studies of business practice, presented by leading practitioners drawn from within the region.
The KN4B programme utilised a series of master class presentations and action learning sets to stimulate peer to peer consideration of how new ideas and innovations may be adapted into their own operations and enhance business performance.
Topic: PR & Communications
Topic: Human Resources & Mediation
Academic: Dr. Richard Saundry
Business: Forbes (Empt Solicitors) & ACAS
Topic: Marketing: Objectives & Opportunities
Topic: Marketing: Practices & Communications
Topic: The Economic Environment
Academic: Professor Philip B. Whyman
Topic: Workplace Flexibility & Business Performance
Academic: Dr. Alina Petrescu
Topic: Access to Finance
Academic: Professor Thankom Arun
|Topic: Corporate Social Responsibility
Academic: Professor Andrei Kuznetsov
|Practical Workshop: 3Man Factory
Getting Your Social Media Strategy Right
|Practical Workshop: 3Man Factory
Getting LinkedIn for Business
|Practical Workshop: 3Man Factory
Analysing your Social Media Success
|Practical Workshop: 3 Man Factory
In addition, workshops were supplemented by a short series of webinars, subsequently summarised and presented in the form of podcasts.
KN4B was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, Grant Number ES/J021075/1). The network has been further supported by the economic development teams at local councils (research partners) in Preston, Chorley, Burnley and Pendle. The project was led by Professor Philip B. Whyman (PI) and managed by Sally Bate. LIEBR wishes to thank all concerned for their help and support in making this project a success.
The economics team within the Lancashire Business School has been awarded Jean Monnet Teaching Modules funding by the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme. This provides support for the development of a suite of modules relating to the teaching of the economics of European integration. The award will, furthermore, facilitate the development of a programme of related studies, where experts from academia, business and public policy institutions, will give a short series of guest talks aimed at supporting this programme. It will, furthermore, provide the opportunity for participation from outside LBS, whether students from elsewhere in UCLan, partner colleges or interested parties from the local community. Presentations will be presented on line for wider dissemination of the ideas arising from these sessions.
Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2011) "Economic recession and workplace flexibility practices in Lancashire-based SMEs", Research Report (.pdf 337KB), Lancashire Business School Workplace Flexibility Series, LIEBR, University of Central Lancashire, March, ISSN 2064-9276.
On the BBC News Channel, Professor Philip B. Whyman has given his reaction to the Prime Minister’s speech on Brexit. This snapshot captured a glimpse from the media discussion which took place live on January 17th, 2017.
Professor Philip B. Whyman has given a presentation as part of the discussion group entitled ‘Trade Relations and Economic Impact’ at the House of Commons conference ‘Brexit: An Academic Conference’. The conference took place on Thursday 10th of November, and was introduced as follows:
‘Now that the UK has voted to leave the EU what will happen next? When the UK Government starts to negotiate the withdrawal process, the current situation in a range of policy areas – from fisheries to foreign and security policy – is likely to change. What light can academics throw on the uncertainties? This conference brings together parliamentary researchers and academics to consider some of the key policy areas affected by the UK’s decision to leave the EU.’
Professor Philip B. Whyman has contributed as a panellist to the Labour Party Fringe 2016 strategic policy discussion entitled “Is there scope for a real Alternative Labour Economic Strategy post Brexit?”. The event theme was summarised as follows: “In the aftermath of Brexit, should Labour once against seek an alternative to what you might call the modern Treasury view of classical finance, monetary activism and ever increasing globalisation?” Read more of the event briefing note.
Professor Philip B. Whyman has had an article on post-Brexit published in The Conversation.
Professor Philip B. Whyman will part be of the panel at the local Brexit Debate held at Longton Sports & Social Club on Monday the 13th of June 2016 – for further details please see this poster.
LIEBR Brexit Q&A Session takes place Fri 3 June from 12-1 in GR350
Thank you to all who have registered their interest in attending the Brexit Q&A session to be hosted by Professor Philip B. Whyman, Director of the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research (LIEBR).
This LIEBR event is now scheduled to take place on Friday the 3rd of June 2016 from 12:00-13:00 in Greenbank Building room GR350.
If you would like to join us, please e-mail LIEBR convenor Alina Petrescu at APetrescu@uclan.ac.uk
Note: Event open internal only
For those with a further interest in the Brexit debate, see the BMI Research webinar invitation available now.
Professor Philip B. Whyman has published an article in The Conversation on the very topical Brexit theme.
Professor Whyman gave a research seminar at Manchester Metropolitan University, on 15 April 2016. His presentation, entitled 'Brexit': Should we stay or should we go?, formed part of the Accounting, Finance and Economics seminar series.
Professor Whyman was invited as one of the speakers in The Economics of 'Brexit' debate which took place as part of the Post-Crash Economics Society (PCES) conference 'Economics for Everyone' at the University of Manchester, on 17 April 2016. The other speakers were Andrew Lilico, Managing Director of Europe Economics, and Vicky Pryce, former Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. (Below: pictures of the seminar).
Thu 28 Apr 2016 18:30 – 20:30
Darwin Building, Preston (UCLan's Darwin Lecture Theatre, University of Central Lancashire, Fylde Road, Preston, PR1 7BH) (map)
Drinks and canapés at 6.30pm - Debate starts at 7.00pm - Free admission and parking.
The EU referendum represents a once in a generation opportunity for everyone in the UK to decide whether we should remain a member of the EU or whether we should leave.
Join us for this Oxford Union style debate to hear from both sides, explore the options and put your questions forward to the guest speakers.
Chair - Fiona Armstrong, British television journalist
Prof Mike Thomas, Vice-Chancellor, University of Central Lancashire
Mark Hendrick MP, Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Preston
Prof Philip B Whyman, Professor of Economics and Director of the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research, University of Central Lancashire
Dr Mark Baimbridge, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Bradford
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has an annual competition for the award of a limited number of research internships, to take place over the summer months. The scheme is intended to provide interns with useful experience of working in most aspects of a research project, enhancing their skills and employability, whilst providing temporary research support for the UCLan research community.
Conference Presentation: UCLan Annual Staff and Research Student Symposium, presentation by Dr Alina Petrescu:
Whyman, P. B. and Petrescu, A. I. (2010) 'The effects of economic recession on small and medium enterprises in Lancashire". July. University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
Title:Managing Europe’s Economy: How, Who… and Why?
Presenter and Affiliation: Kyle Galler, Principal Economic Policy Analyst in the European Commission's UK Office
Date, Time and Venue: 3rd of February 2016 (1-3 PM); Room: GR278
Continuing the Jean Monnet Research Seminar Series, LIEBR hosts the following events:
Title: European Union – An Insider’s View
Presenter and Affiliation: Gary Titley, former Member of the European Parliament for the North West of England for twenty years between 1989 and 2009
Date, Time and Venue: 4th of November 2015 (1-3 PM); Room: GR348a
Seminar Series Academic Year 2014-15
Continuing the Jean Monnet Research Seminar Series, LIEBR hosts the following events:
Title: The First Review of EU Antidumping Reviews
Presenter and Affiliation: Dr. Maurizio Zanardi from the Lancaster University Management School, Department of Economics
Date, Time and Venue: 29th of April 2015 (1-3 PM); Room: GR348a
Title: Major Challenges of Regional Development in the European Union
Presenter and Affiliation: Professor Martina Fromhold-Eisebith, from the RWTH Aachen University. Germany
Date, Time and Venue: 25th of March 2015 (6-7 PM); Lecture Theatre 2, Foster Building, UCLan
Title: Greece: More Austerity or Leave the Euro?
Presenter and Affiliation: Dr. John Whittaker from the Lancaster University Management School, Department of Economics
Date, Time and Venue: 22nd of April 2015 (1-3 PM); Room: GR348a
Title: Entering the EU Marketplace: A Case Study
Presenter and Affiliation: Neal Barfoot, International Trade Manager with the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce
Date, Time and Venue: 11th of March 2015 (1-3 PM); Room: GR 274
ACADEMIC YEAR 2013-14
Jean Monnet Research Seminar in Economics - 2.00 to 3.30 PM, Wednesday 19 March 2014
The Lancashire Institute for Economics and Business Research (LIEBR) is pleased to invite you to the forthcoming Jean Monnet research seminar, to take place Wednesday 19th March.
Change of seminar presenter and topic
Presenter: Dr. Philip Kostov, Reader in Quantitative Economics at Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire is to present
Title: The incidence rates of Common Agricultural Policy subsidies: Rhetoric and evidence
Abstract: In spite of the large decrease of the share of the Common Agricultural Policy in the EU budget from more than 75% to around 45% of the total budgetary expenditure it is still by far the largest expenditure item on the European menu. It is therefore important to review who actually benefits from the CAP payments. It appears that there is considerable gap between the officially stated aims of the agricultural subsidies and their effects. The recent move towards decoupling of agricultural support is claimed to capitalise if farm rents hence being even more out of line with the farmers income support claims than the previous direct payments system.
Seminar followed by opportunities for discussion and networking.
All welcome - this series of seminars is open to all interested in the Common Agricultural Policy and related EU policy matters.
Venue: UCLan, Room: GR 278
For more information or to confirm your attendance, please contact Dr. Alina Petrescu at APetrescu@uclan.ac.uk
Left to right: Professor Philip B. Whyman, LIEBR Director and Philip Kostov, research seminar presenter
As part of the Distinguished Visitor Programme, introduced by UCLan, the Lancashire Business School have invited Professor Daniel McMillen, of the University of Illinois (USA), to work with Dr. Philip Kostov of LIEBR.
The aim of the programme is to promote world-leading research collaborations, through facilitating a short targeted visit to UCLan between 1st October 2013 and 31st March 2014.
Professor McMillen and Dr. Kostov will be working on spatial and quantile analysis.
Prof Daniel McMillen "Assessments and Property Tax Variability: A Quantile Approach"
Wednesday, 6th November , BB008, 13.00-15.00
Academic Year 2012-2013
The Annual Conference of the Association of Business Historians (ABH)
Responding to a theme of “Business History in the 21st Century
Dr. Thomas Haigh of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA) – the keynote speaker
UCLan hosted more than 90 delegates for the meeting arriving from thirteen countries including Finland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, Portugal, the United States, and Chile.
More than 75 presentations took place on a variety of business and economic history topics
Title: Exploring the Impact of Change in Cross-Cultural Management
Presenter and Affiliation: Dr. Jessica Lichy, IDRAC Research (IDRAC International School of Management, France)
Date, Time and Venue: 1st November 2012 (1-2pm); Room: GR 358
Event description: LIEBR, along with the Preston City Council, co-hosts a guest lecture focused upon how the co-operative model can be utilised to promote local economic development.
Presenter and Affiliation: Ted Howard, Evergreen Co-operatives, Cleveland, USA
Date, Time and Venue: 30th October 2012, 4pm, LBS
Title: Is There a Recipe for Success? Price, Quality and Spatial Competition in the UK Restaurant Industry
Presenter and Affiliation: Dr. Rob Simmons, Lancaster University Management School
Date, Time and Venue: 2nd May (1-2pm); Room: GR 276
Title: An Empirical Study of the Relationship between Earnings Management and Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosure in UK Companies
Presenter and Affiliation: Yousf Almahrog, Lancashire Business School
Title: Corporate Governance Effects on Firm Performance in Jordan
Presenter and Affiliation: Zyad Marashdeh, Lancashire Business School
Date, Time and Venue: 28th of March 2012 (1-2pm); Room: BB 412
Title: A Non-Parametric Approach to Modelling UK Inflation Dynamics
Presenter and Affiliation: Dr. Issam Malki, Bath University
Date, Time and Venue: 14th March 2012 (1-2pm); Room: GR 276
Title: Foreign Acquisitions by Indian MNEs: Testing Theoretical Frameworks of Internationalisation
Presenter and Affiliation: Dr. Surender Munjal, Leeds University Business School
Date, Time and Venue: 29th February 2012 (1-2 pm); Room: GR 276
Title: Turkey: On the Way to EU Accession
Presenter and Affiliation: Dr. Yontem Sonmez, Lancashire Business School
Date, Time and Venue: 22nd February 2012 (1-2pm); Room: HA 108
Title: Negotiating Sustainability: Water Scarcity and the Expansion of the Mining Industry
Presenter and Affiliation: Dr. Leonith Hinojosa-Valencia, Open University
Date, Time and Venue: 8th February 2012 (1-2pm); Room: GR 273
Title: On "The Sacred" in the Workplace
Presenter and Affiliation: To Be Announced (TBA)
Date, Time and Venue: 16th December 2011 (12-1pm); Room: GR348
Title: The Effects of Corruption on Consumer Demand: The Case of Italian Football
Presenter and Affiliation: Dr. Babatunde Buraimo, School of Sport, Tourism and The Outdoors
Date, Time and Venue: 7th December 2011 (1-2pm); Room: GR350
Title: Links between Workplace Flexibility Practices and Organisational Performance in SMEs
Presenter and Affiliation: Dr. Alina Petrescu, Lancashire Business School
Date, Time and Venue: 23rd November 2011 (1-2pm); Room GR273
Title: Mother's Role in Spending Decision and Child Malnutrition: Evidence from Ghana
Presenter and Affiliation: Dr. Samuel Anim, Lancashire Business School
Date, Time and Venue: 9th November 2011 (1-2pm); Room GR355
Title: Determinants Microinsurance Demand in the Informal Sector Household in Tanzania
Presenter and Affiliation: Abdallah Naniyo Saqware, Lancashire Business School
Date, Time and Venue: 2nd November 2011 (1-2pm); Room GR276
Title: Corporate Social Responsibility: The Case of Islamic Banks
Presenter and Affiliation: Dr. Zakaria Ali-aribi, Lancashire Business School
Date, Time and Venue: 19th October 2011(1-2pm); Room GR275
Professor Philip B. Whyman
Professor Andrei Kuznetsov
Dr. Kostas Iatridis (UCLan, Cyprus)
Penelope M. Marshall-Kalina
Dr. Babatunde Buraimo (University of Liverpool, Management School)
|Name||Director of Studies||Supervisory Team Members||PhD Thesis Title|
| Edmund Flood
||Dr. Mitch Larson
||Prof. Philip B. Whyman and Dr. Armin Grünbacher||
The German Railway organisation, 1835-1914: A determination of the causes for its rapid establishment and effectiveness
||Prof. Philip B. Whyman
||Prof. Thankom Arun and Dr. Alina I. Petrescu
|| Examination of factors impacting economic growth in developing countries
| Monika Markiewicz
||Prof. Andrei Kuznetzov
||Dr. Alina I. Petrescu and Dr. Mitch Larson
||Cross-cultural management of sustainability and CSR- an MNC case study.
| Anup Raj
||Prof. Andrei Kuznetzov
|| Prof. Thankom Arun
||The influence of corporate social responsibility (CSR) on corporate branding (CB) of agribusiness firms in India.|
||Dr. Mitch Larson
|| Prof. Tim Thornton
|| Tacit knowledge management in higher education.
||Prof. Philip B. Whyman
||Costas Theodoridis and Panikkos Poutziouris (Cyprus)
||SME strategy and recession.
|Ekaterina Markova||Prof. Andrei Kuznetsov
For general enquiries, please contact:
Professor Philip B. Whyman, Director, Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research, Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.
Tel.: +44 (0)1772 894693
Twitter hashtag for LIEBR events: #LIEBRUCLan
Oxford Centre for Mutual and Employee-owned Business, Kellogg College, University of Oxford
European Economies Research Unit (EERU), University of Bradford
Forum of Private Business (Director of LIEBR acts as FPB economic advisor)
Global Britain (European ‘think tank’)
The work of the institute currently focuses upon four research themes, namely:
This area of work encompasses aspects relating to enlargement, trade issues, regional convergence/divergence, competition and industrial policy, the development of the European Social Model and sustainability issues relating to Economic and Monetary Union. This research programme is led by Somnez, Whyman and Petrescu. External stakeholder-sponsors include the Global Britain organisation. Research findings have contributed towards House of Commons and House of Lords select committee reports.
This research stream focuses upon the interaction between organisations and their stakeholders, organisational sustainability, corporate social responsibility, standards and business strategy, co-operatives and mutual forms of ownership. This stream will be led by Kuznetsov, Kostov, Whyman and Petrescu.
Primary areas of work relate to labour market flexibility, work-life balance and well-being at work, human capital investment in education and training, together with EU labour markets and migration (including the impact of remittances on developing countries). This stream is led by Whyman, Petrescu, Buraimo and Larsson. Stakeholder-sponsors have included BIS (formerly BERR/DTI). Research findings additionally contribute towards the NWDA-funded LEAD programme, providing leadership and management training for SMEs within the North West.
Enhancing business performance
This research programme includes ongoing projects relating to high performance workplaces, SMEs in recession and during the economic recovery, economic policy and business innovation, determinants of charitable giving, together with the impact upon ownership and business structure upon performance and economic stability. This stream will be led by Petrescu, Whyman, Buraimo and Kostov. Stakeholder-supporters include the Forum of Private Business, Federation of Small Businesses, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and Lancashire County Council.
An extract from the report, focusing upon skills evaluation for the development of the shale gas industry in Lancashire, can be found here.