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Writing tips for early career researchers

As part of Academic Writing Month (#ACWRIMO, #ACWRI), we talk to Jen McCall, books publisher here at Emerald, to get some of her top tips on how to go about writing an academic book, as well some advice on how to manage the publishing process effectively.

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Josh's Business, Lily's Party: An Everyday Story of Country Folk Online

"Custard, Culverts and Cake" researchers on how The Archers undermines pervasive moral panic about social media, and provides alternative narratives about online safety and security in the context of community life.

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"Be curious, be joyful, be generous": a model for successful interdisciplinary research

It might seem frivolous for social science academics to research the fictional world of a radio show, but members of the Academic Archers network find it provides a lens for successful interdisciplinarity, and a unique way to take research beyond the academy.

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Aldridge v Horrobin: Family Dysfunction and Social Class in Ambridge

Contributors to "Custard, Culverts and Cake: Academics on Life in the Archers" discuss how the study of genograms for two of the village's oldest families leads to surprising conclusions about where true family dysfunction is to be found in The Archers.

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Is 21st century feminism fit for purpose?

Joanna Williams (author of Women vs Feminism) asks whether contemporary feminism has lost its way, inspiring fear rather than self-belief in a generation of women who have freedoms and opportunities their grandmothers could only have dreamed of.”

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Is diversity an aim of the HR departments?

In this podcast, Ian McAleese – International HR Director at Cylance – tells us about whether diversity initiatives are the responsibility of HR departments and role that HR need to play in setting a diversity agenda that fits the ethos of the company.

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LinkedIn or LinkedOut?

It was predicted the internet would bring radical change to recruitment, but just how far-reaching has that change been? Ofer Sharone shares his research into the sometimes surprising effects of these new labour market intermediaries.

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Why leaders succeed

In this podcast, Nancy Roberts – Founder and Director of Business Inclusivity – tells us about The Great Man Theory, its limitations and what it means for future or aspiring leaders.

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How do we produce work-ready, world-ready graduates?

Mental health is one of the most pressing issues on campus and in the labour force. Maureen Drysdale and Tracey Bowen discuss how carefully-implemented work-integrated learning (WIL) programmes can support students during the critical school-to-work transition and set them up for the world beyond university.

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The US media and the election of
Donald J. Trump

Peter Kivisto, author of The Trump Phenomenon, discusses the role the media played in the election of Donald Trump, and what the rise of infotainment and post-truth, and the loss of the “vital center” means for American democracy.