Students Staff

21 April 2015

Dr Nick Constantinou

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Dr Nick Constantinou

Dr Nick Constantinou

It is with great sadness that Essex Business School informs members of the University community of the sudden death on Sunday 19 April of Dr Nick Constantinou, Lecturer in Finance and Deputy MBA Director.

Nick, 54, joined the University in 2008 as HSBC Senior Fellow Lecturer in the Centre for Computational Finance and Economic Agents, and became a Lecturer in Essex Business School in 2009. Previously, from 1995 to 2008, he worked for HSBC, serving as Global Head of Market Risk Management for HSBC Securities (1997-2003) and HSBC Insurance (2003-2008).

Prior to joining HSBC, Nick had worked in the University’s Department of Physics. He joined the Department in 1984 as a PhD student, and demonstrated his skill as a theoretical physicist almost immediately. By 1986 he published a paper solving a very complex problem with his supervisor Mike Cottam, and another colleague. Nick was awarded his PhD in 1988, and then joined Professor Brian Ridley’s team, within a very short time publishing papers with Brian and other colleagues.

Nick met his wife Pam at the University, Pam being a fellow PhD student in an experimental research group. While working at Essex, Nick was approached regarding using his theoretical physics talent in the City and started what was to become a very successful career with HSBC.

Nick will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues in EBS and the Physics community. A full obituary will be posted on the news section of our website soon.

You can share your memories and tributes to Nick in the comment box on this page.

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20 November 2014

Business paper awards

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Two researchers from Essex Business School have built on previous successes by receiving best paper awards from the Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) Conference.

Dr Diane Holt was recognised in the social, environmental and ethical enterprise category for the second year running. She was awarded for her paper, co-authored with David Littlewood of Henley Business School, entitled ‘Conceptualising Social Entrepreneurship and Resilience: Perspectives from Sub-Saharan Africa.’

Professor Jay Mitra won the best paper award for the third year in a row in the business creation, early stage development and business closure category for his paper, also co-authored, entitled ‘Does Entrepreneurial Self-efficacy Predict Discontinuation of Venture Idea Development?’

The annual research awards were presented at the ISBE conference in Manchester.

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12 November 2014

CMI status for management academics

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Professor Philip Hancock  and Dr Chris Land

Professor Philip Hancock and Dr Chris Land

Two senior management academics at Essex Business School have been recognised for their management skills by the UK professional accreditation body for management and leadership.

Dr Chris Land and Professor Philip Hancock have both been awarded chartered manager status by the UK’s Chartered Management Institute (CMI). This is in recognition of their academic background, expertise and management and leadership skills within Essex Business School.

Professor Hancock said that while he did not simply consider more management to be the answer to all organisational problems or activities, he was pleased that both Dr Land’s and his own approach to management, as a “fundamentally people-orientated activity”, had gained recognition in this respect.

The core principles of the CMI, align with those of Essex Business School, are to value honesty and integrity and an approach to management which is ethically informed and oriented towards sustainable organisational practice.

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17 December 2013

Santa research delivers coverage for Essex Business School academic

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Professor Philip Hancock from Essex Business School took part in a special episode of Thinking Allowed on BBC Radio 4 on Christmas Day looking at our construction of Christmas traditions. He was also interviewed by The Observer newspaper about his research into the experiences of ‘elite’ Santa performers.

Thinking Allowed looked at what Christmas means to different people. For some it involves a visit to Santa’s grotto with the little ones, the opening of presents before breakfast, a house festooned with sparkly lights and wreaths of ivy? For others Christmas is an understated and low key affair, while others don’t even recognise it for cultural or religious reasons.

On the programme Professor Hancock discussed his study into the ‘elite’ squad of Santa helpers who dispense seasonal cheer and gifts to children in department stores up and down the country. How do they maintain their ‘ho, ho hos’ in the face of long queues? What special challenges does this unique branch of ‘interactive service work’ present?

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23 September 2013

Businessman and entrepreneur appointed to EBS

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Dr Gwyn Jones.

Dr Gwyn Jones has been appointed as the new Interim Director of Essex Business School (EBS).

Dr Gwyn Jones has been appointed as the new Interim Director of Essex Business School (EBS) and will take up his post on 1 October.

Dr Jones has extensive business expertise within both the public and private sectors and served as Chair of the EBS Advisory Board for four years.

Executive Dean for the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Todd Landman, said: “Dr Jones has a good understanding of the School’s vision from his service on our Advisory Board, and will head up our management team at a vital and exciting stage for shaping the future of the School. He will lead a review of our strategy for education, research and business engagement as we prepare to move to our inspirational new home on the Colchester Campus and take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities being provided in The Forum in Southend.”

Dr Jones, who was appointed following an open competition, is an experienced entrepreneur, chairman and director whose areas of expertise are entrepreneurial management, leadership and change. He has applied these in different organisational cultures: as an entrepreneur, and as a board member of large companies and in the public sector. He has worked in IT, media, retail, consulting and investment and has served as Chairman of rogenSi, Senior Independent Director at Invesco English and International Trust plc, Chairman of the North West Equity Fund, Chairman of the Welsh Development Agency, Non-Executive Director of Tesco, and a Governor of the BBC.

An alumnus of the University of Essex, where he studied for his PhD in Computer Science, Dr Jones is also a Visiting professor at Essex Business School. He teaches MBA and other students at a number of university business schools including Manchester, Strathclyde, Stirling, Leicester and Aberystwyth.

Dr Jones said: “I am delighted to be taking up this post. I have been involved with EBS for four years, and have developed a great admiration for the School and what it has accomplished under the tireless leadership of Michael Sherer. I am excited about working with the staff in EBS to shape its future. The new building offers many opportunities that we must seize, and there are many university projects in which we will be playing a full role.”

Dr Jones has been appointed Interim Director until 30 September 2014.

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20 June 2013

Unique business course turns management on its head

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Business executives attending a radical new course at Essex Business School have described the event as “compelling” and “inspiring” with one adding it has saved her business £50,000.

Dr Manuela Nocker (fourth from right) with attendees of the Reinventing the Organisation course.

Dr Manuela Nocker (fourth from right) with attendees of the Reinventing the Organisation course.

Reinventing the Organisation, held at Wivenhoe House hotel this week, explored radical management models that question whether businesses need bosses, supervisors or even job titles to be successful.

Guest speakers, including Dr Manuela Nocker of Essex Business School at the University of Essex, discussed how new ways of thinking, collaborating and networking are now vital to motivating staff and connecting with customers.

Speaking after the event, one participant said: “Attending Reinventing the Organisation has saved us £50,000 to £60,000 by helping us realise another layer of management was not needed in our business.”

Another described the course as: “Inspiring stuff with practical takeaways.”

As well as Dr Nocker, attendees were able to learn from the experiences of Doug Kirkpatrick, formerly of the Morning Star Company, and Ken Everett, Chairman of an international executive training company whose ‘networked organisation’ is so successful he has started the online N2N Hub to promote and support other networked organisations.

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10 May 2013

Young entrepreneur scoops business award

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Essex student Aaron Jones has been announced as one of the Future 50 Young Social Entrepreneurs of the Year in recognition of his success building eco fashion label Fikay.

Aaron, a second-year BSc International Enterprise and Business Development student, is founder and Managing Director of Fikay Eco Fashion. The company’s aim is to make a positive, sustainable impact on communities in poverty by employing and teaching local producers to make recycled products. The latest Fikay range is produced by villagers in Cambodia.

The Future 50 Awards are part of the Future 100 programme organised by Striding Out CIC. They reward vision, ethical business practice and social responsibility and showcase businesses that offer innovative and sustainable solutions to social problems.

Aaron’s success was announced during a reception hosted by Ernst and Young. All the Future 50 get the chance to join the Ernst and Young Accelerate network giving them access to skilled business support.

Find out more about Fikay Eco Fashion.

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