2019 Media Coverage

Members of the department are regularly featured in the media, below is a selection of coverage for 2019:

February 2019

Dr Rajesh Bhargave was interviewed by Wired for an article about the declining fortunes of music and movie retailer HMV. Rajesh discussed the current shift to a world which is almost completely digital, although he says people will still retain their love of traditional products such as books. https://www.wired.co.uk/article/hmv-closure-administration

Dr Sankalp Chaturvedi was quoted in the Mail on Sunday about a new report which shows how pointless meetings are expected to cost the UK economy a staggering £45bn in 2019. Commenting on the report, Sankalp gave his advice on what makes a productive meeting: “The secret of a successful and time-efficient meeting is preparation. The agenda mustn’t be too long, otherwise, there’s a risk of spending too much time on the first items and later items are rushed. The agenda should be circulated well in advance, including the goals of what is expected from the meeting, and specific detail on the subjects and time allocation.” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6607815/Brits-spend-13-days-pointless-meetings-2019-costing-UK-economy-staggering-45bn.html

His comments on meaningless meetings and how to make them better were also published in other outlets: https://www.businessleader.co.uk/pointless-meetings-across-the-world-will-cost-companies-541bn-in-2019/58175/ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6607815/Brits-spend-13-days-pointless-meetings-2019-costing-UK-economy-staggering-45bn.html https://cxm.co.uk/meet-veg-pointless-meetings-costing-companies/

In a separate Financial Times article, Dr Charlie Donovan was quoted in a piece about how businesses are reacting to climate change, as governments around the world seek to improve energy efficiency and rely less on fossil fuels. https://www.ft.com/content/945b8c44-0450-11e9-99df-6183d3002ee1

January 2019

Dr Sankalp Chaturvedi was interviewed in Raconteur (part of The Times newspaper) for an article “Moving to the Next Level in Management”. https://www.raconteur.net/business-innovation/hierarchy-flat-structure

Professor Nelson Phillips took part in a panel discussion with The Telegraph about what SMEs need to do to scale up small businesses: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/sme-library/managing-your-business/sme-scale-up-operations-panel/

2018 Media Coverage

Members of the department are regularly featured in the media, below is a selection of coverage for 2018:

December 2018

Dr Rajesh Bhargave was interviewed (Dec 18) about people’s shopping habits for the Imperial podcast. Raj discussed how technology is impacting on people’s shopping habits and the implications for people’s data privacy. The conversation also looked at the rising popularity of Black Friday and how he believes technology won’t replace people’s traditional shopping habits. https://wwwf.imperial.ac.uk/imedia/content/view/6243/shopping-habits/ https://www.imperial.ac.uk/be-inspired/social-and-multimedia/podcasts/

Dr Charlie Donovan was quoted in an article in The Guardian which looks at why public money isn’t enough to provide clean energy to people living off-grid. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/dec/03/a-billion-people-without-electricity-missing-out-on-pledged-funds-un-climate-summit-poland

Dr Charlie Donovan was quoted in The Irish Times for an article about the launch of the 100% Club, an initiative backed by Imperial that aims to address the practice of businesses who fail to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions. Charlie was quoted saying that: “Companies are under increased pressure from stakeholders to disclose their approach to climate risk. But if the underlying data isn’t up to scratch, then even the most sophisticated and robust risk management framework is rendered useless.”


A similar article on the same subject appeared in Business Green, also featuring the same comment from Charlie.


Professor Nelson Phillips was quoted in an article in Forbes about the difficulties facing entrepreneurs over the age of 30.


Professor George Yip authored an op-ed in the Daily Telegraph (Dec 18) in which he discussed the challenges and opportunities facing companies who want to expand overseas. He writes: “What expanding a business overseas, the biggest problem is not knowing what you don’t know. Any number of regulations, local customs or business practices, could trip up a newly arrived business, but it’s impossible to know which ones.” A scan of the article is available on request.

November 2019

Esther Boler wrote this piece for IB Knowledge, published online 12 Nov 18 https://www.imperial.ac.uk/business-school/knowledge/management/doing-business-internationally-increases-the-gender-pay-gap/

Professor George Yip was featured in Forbes, speaking about why China is undergoing an economic awakening, in what he describes as a “Chinese renaissance” – comparing the country’s success to the European Renaissance of the 14th century. The comments were taken from a speech he delivered at Fortune’s Global Tech Forum in Guangzhou, China. You can watch the full video of George’s talk in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQ50LVB851I and read the Fortune article here: http://fortune.com/2018/11/29/china-renaissance/

August 2018

Andreas Eisingerich

  • Frize, Martin. P., Andreas B. Eisingerich, Martin Benkenstein’s work was featured in Focus Online (German Magazine) “Sharing is More than Owning Research Work on the Sharing Economy Receives Award” August, 22nd, 2018.
  • Lin, Yuting, Andreas B. Eisingerich, “Can You Handle the Truth? How Transparent Companies Become Role Models to Consumers” Forbes Magazine, Aug. 20th 2018.

Professor Richard Green was interviewed on BBC News at Ten (9th August) about why energy prices fluctuate, as part of an item on British Gas price hikes on Standard Variable tariffs. The programme is no longer available to watch, but we are looking to obtain a clip.

Professor Nelson Phillips was quoted in the Financial Times about his favourite books for summer reading, in an article looking at what books (fiction and non-fiction) MBA students should read before the new term. https://www.ft.com/content/23d3b7ce-8e4b-11e8-bb8f-a6a2f7bca546

Dr Paolo Taticchi was interviewed by Business Because about the importance of studying for an online MBA. Paolo talks about how technology is transforming the learning experience and the piece references both the GMBA and the Hub. The article centres around the recent results of the QS Distance Online MBA Rankings 2018, in which Imperial was ranked first in the UK.


Professor George Yip

July 2018

  1. Chaturvedi. Media coverage in Public Finance magazine titled “Inspire the whole team with mindful leadership” on 13th June 2018.

A new report from the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment: ‘Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries’ was covered in the Financial Times (front page of the Companies & Markets section) with an interview with Dr Charles Donovan about the findings.

The following media covered the story, with quotes (and some interviews) with Charlie, plus a plug for the Business School and the CCFI:

The press release about the report has also generated coverage in multiple international media outlets in countries including Turkey, Singapore, Australia, Brazil, Vietnam and India, plus specialist environment media.

Professor Carol Propper was interviewed on BBC’s Newsnight for a studio discussion about the future of NHS funding. The piece was part of a package of reports to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

You can watch the piece again on BBC iplayer: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0b98mky/newsnight-03072018#playt=00h30m13s

Ambition Magazine (AMBA) carried an op-ed from Dr Paolo Taticchi about the GMBA and the evolution of Edtech in the business school community in the July issue of the magazine. The article provides insights into how to build an effective online MBA programme.

You can read the article here: http://edition.pagesuite.com/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=b334c26d-0389-4d6c-bbad1b4c62bfca18&pnum=22&utm_medium=All&utm_source=Social&utm_campaign=ambition-july-2018-online-mba(Page 22 & 23).

George Yip was interviewed on Talking Business Show, BBC World TV, about Google making a play in China, with its partnership with JD.com, 18 June 2018.

June 2018

Rajesh Bhargave was quoted in an article on 15 May on the use of ‘Digital Twins’ in marketing, at Cisco’s technology news site:


Charles Donovan was interviewed by Bloomberg News about a new report on green investing which has just been published by the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-11/strategy-that-killed-sunedison-is-now-beating-u-k-stocks

The story has also generated further coverage in the following energy outlets including:

Charles also authored a comment piece about sustainable investing and climate risk in IPE Real Assets: https://realassets.ipe.com/investment-/sustainability/opinion-theres-no-such-thing-as-climate-risk/10024563.article

announcement about Professor Jonathan Haskel’s appointment to the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee has generated high profile coverage across a number of mainstream outlets including:

The Financial Times: https://www.ft.com/content/3441898a-64b4-11e8-90c2-9563a0613e56

Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-31/u-k-names-imperial-professor-jonathan-haskel-to-boe-rate-panel

Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/jonathan-haskel-appointment-bank-of-england-monetary-policy-committee-interest-rates-a8377111.html

Reuters: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-boe-mpc/uk-names-academic-haskel-as-new-bank-of-england-rate-setter-idUKKCN1IW143?il=0

BBC News: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44312685

City A.M: http://www.cityam.com/286709/treasury-has-appointed-imperial-professor-jonathan-haskel

The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/may/31/bank-of-england-picks-the-only-man-on-a-shortlist-of-candidates

Dr Renata Kosova was quoted in the June edition of CEO Magazine at the beginning of a double-page article: “The Productivity Puzzle”, which looks at how CEOs can boost productivity levels within their organisations. Renata’s comments appear alongside commentary from a range of industry experts including CEOs, business consultants, academics, training providers and tech specialists. The magazine is read by a global audience of business leaders, executives, investors and entrepreneurs with has outlets in Australia, Sweden, Singapore and the Philippines. I’ve attached the article to this e-mail as the online version requires a subscription.

Paolo Taticchi received further coverage for being listed in Poets & Quants’ Top 40 Under 40 in Il Sole 24 Orehttp://www.scuola24.ilsole24ore.com/art/universita-e-ricerca/2018-04-25/quattro-italiani-emigrati-i-migliori-40-docenti-business-mondo-172643.php?uuid=AEthZdeE

Paolo was also interviewed about his achievement by Italian journalist Massimo Giannini on Radio Capitalhttps://www.capital.it/programmi/circo-massimo/podcast/puntata-del-02-05-2018-elsa-fornero-massimiliano-fedriga-e-paolo-taticchi/

May 2018

Sankalp Chaturvedi (Gandhi Centre) organised a conference with All India Management Association (AIMA) on 30th April on “The Future of Organisations” connecting thought leaders from government, industry and academia. The conference was well attended and received wide media attention in UK and India. This was also lead page on our Imperial website on 2nd May.

Professor Kalyan Talluri was quoted in an article in Top MBA about Imperial’s new MSc Business Analytics (online) programme. The article leads with the information that the programme has harnessed Imperial’s significant online education capabilities and also features a quote from current student Mark O’Shea, who is studying on the offline programme.


George Yip quoted in Finance Monthly, “Your Thoughts: US-China Tariff War, Who Loses?” April 10, 2018, https://www.finance-monthly.com/2018/04/your-thoughts-us-china-tariff-war-who-loses/.

March and April 2018

Climate Action covered the recent Centre for Climate Finance & Investment talk on China’s growing role in green finance. The article quoted Dr Charles Donovan: “China’s growing position as a leader in the international green finance market highlights the importance of tackling climate change and the role that governments and businesses need to play in boosting the global green economy” http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/news/could-china-become-a-leader-in-green-finance#

Professor Jonathan Haskel’s work on the intangible economy was cited in a CityMetric article on the Brighton-based FuseBox collective: “The willingness to work together, identified by Haskell as a key element of the intangible economy, is evident in the FuseBox’s partnership with likeminded innovators in Ankara.” https://www.citymetric.com/business/can-you-have-capitalism-without-capital-brighton-ankara-ghent-and-intangible-economy-3709

Dr Namrata Malhotra was quoted by Audit & Risk, the magazine of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors, in an article about the risks associated with innovation: http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/05182226#/05182226/24

Qatari daily newspaper The Peninsula covered a training session Dr Omar Merlo delivered to senior representatives of local banks via Qatar Development Bank’s Al-Dhameen programme: https://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/06/03/2018/Qatar-Development-Bank-organises-customer-relations-training

Dr Paolo Taticchi:

  • was interviewed by Italian newspaper Südtiroler Wirtschaftszeitung following a public lecture he gave at the University of Bolzano (sadly the article is not available online)…
  • …while the keynote speech he gave at the Sustainability Summit of the Association of Banks in Colombia earned a mention in Colombian newspaper La República:


  • was interviewed for Italian education website FBK about his views on the main challenges facing translating research excellence into a successful innovation ecosystem. He was also interviewed by Corriere dell’Alto Adige”, an Italian regional publication about the same subject.


  • was also quoted about MBAs in an article on the Canary Wharf Kids website


Professor Kalyan Talluri was quoted on IndiaEducationDiary.com in an article promoting the Business School’s new MSc Business Analytics (online delivery, part-time) programme:  “This programme is designed to bridge a rapidly emerging skills gap in business professionals and middle managers.” https://indiaeducationdiary.in/imperial-college-business-school-launches-online-masters-business-analytics/

Professor George Yip:

  • Keeping things intercontinental, Professor George Yip was on BBC Business Live to discuss international trade and disputes between the US and China. You can watch his interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwmaFt-z6gU

February 2018

Dr Andreas Eisingerich was quoted in an Economia article looking at trust between consumers and business (UK-based monthly business/finance magazine, circ. 154,200)


Professor Jonathan Haskel’s research on the intangible economy was referenced in a City AM piece looking at the UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’.


His book, Capitalism without Capital was also summarised in The Economic Times (India daily, circ. 630,000)…


…referenced in The Weekly Standard in a piece on ethics in Silicon Valley (US weekly, circ. 20,000)…


… and mentioned in Večernji list (Croatian daily, circ. 60,500) in a piece on Estonia’s progressive technology policy.


Professor Jonathan Haskel’s book, Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy generated further coverage including…

  • The Investors Chronicle (weekly magazine published by FT Group, circ. 30,935) in a piece looking at ownership.

https://www.investorschronicle.co.uk/comment/2018/01/10/ownership-in-question/ (behind a paywall, pdf available on request)

  • The Huffington Post, in a piece about Donald Trump’s outdated business thinking.


  • Handelsblatt (German daily business paper, circ. 136,612) – a review (behind paywall, pdf available on request for German speakers)


  • Piac es Profit (Hungarian monthly finance magazine, circ. 15,000) – another review.


  • cn – a Q&A interview



  • com (China – website is ranked 18th in the world by Alexa), referencing the above piece.


  • Carta Maior (Brazil – left-wing website, 1.8 million visitors/year), in a left-wing perspective of the consequences of the intangible economy


  • The Financial Times (letters page) carries a letter from Professor Jonathan Haskel in which he highlights the issue of measuring intangible assets – alluding to the collapse of Carillion.


Professor Nelson Phillips was quoted in Elite Business (UK business and management quarterly, circ. 34,000) on how to keep a startup innovative.


Dr Jan Ross was in interviewed in a piece in eFinancialCareers on the subject of a new EMBA module on ‘Strategy in Volatile and Uncertain Environments’


Professor George Yip is quoted extensively in Il Sole 24 Ore (leading Italian newspaper) about EMBA partnerships with other business schools. This article was first published in the Financial Times in October 2017. You can read the article by opening it up in Google Chrome and clicking the ‘translate’ button at the top right of the screen.



January 2018

Professor Jonathan Haskel’s book Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy (co-authored with Stian Westlake) has been named one of the Books of the Year by both The Economist and Financial Times.



Professor Jonathan Haskel was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week about the themes of his new book, Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy (co-authored with Stian Westlake).

You can listen to the piece again on BBC iplayer and the interview starts at 11: 12: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09hp2dr.

The book was also reviewed in The Economist’s arts and books pages: https://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21732512-phrase-you-will-hear-lot-more-years-come-intangible?frsc=dg%7Ce

Professor Jonathan Haskel’s Capitalism Without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy continues to draw plaudits, this time from David Smith, Economics Editor of The Times.


Professor Haskel’s book was also referenced in an article about soft power, in Italian daily Corriere Della Sera…


…as well as US political daily The Hill, in a piece looking at Donald Trump’s national security strategy in the context of globalisation…


…and finally in The Economic Times (India), in which an excerpt was published.


Professor Haskell was also quoted in a piece in The Financial Times looking at the sharing economy.


Omar Merlo was recently interviewed for a CIM article on why marketers must set business goals:


Professor George Yip took part in a panel discussion at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech International conference in China, talking about how Chinese educators can encourage their students to think more creatively.