Brad MacKay

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Brad
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Professor of Strategic Management
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University of St Andrews
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Brad MacKay is Professor of Strategy in the University of St Andrews School of Management. Formerly, he held a Chair in Strategic Management at the University of Edinburgh Business School, where he was also Director of Engagement (Associate Dean) on the Executive (2014-2016), Head of the Strategy and International Business Group (2011-2014), and Director of the MBA programmes (2009-2011). He also held an ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) Senior Fellowship in the Future of the UK and Scotland program (2013-2014). He earned a BA in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Canada, an MLitt (Distinction) in Management, Economics and Politics (MEP) and a PhD in Strategy from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

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Brad MacKay stresses that being quick off the mark, and playing a long game are crucial for UK universities to maintain their world-leading status. As with so many uncertainties raised by the UK’s June 23rd, 2016 vote to leave the EU, the impact that it will have on the UK’s universities depends on... Read more
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Among the many things being ignored by those hailing recent manufacturing figures showing a post-Brexit rise in activity, observes Brad Mackay, is that Brexit hasn't been triggered yet and that businesses can play 'wait-and-see' just as well as governments.    On September 1st the UK’s Manufacturin... Read more
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George Osborne's decision, within days of the UK's Brexit vote, to cut Corporation Tax signals a shift to a low tax, low spend economy. Such a move, says Brad MacKay, may well hit hardest those who voted Leave to send a message to the establishment and big business.   Two weeks ago I posed a questio... Read more
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In less than a week, the British public will vote in the EU ‘in-out’ referendum on whether to remain or to leave the European Union. It is a decision that will have profound consequences for generations to come. As the debate has ‘hotted-up’, two issues, rightly or wrongly, have taken centre stag... Read more
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In less than a week, the British public will vote in the EU ‘in-out’ referendum on whether to remain or to leave the European Union. It is a decision that will have profound consequences for generations to come. As the debate has ‘hotted-up’, two issues, rightly or wrongly, have taken centre stage:... Read more
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It has been suggested that, with some notable exceptions, business reaction to the prospect of a UK withdrawal from the EU is determined to a large degree by the size of the company concerned. Such suggestions, however, obscure other more explanatory factors. Research undertaken in the lead up to th... Read more
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There is, it seems, nothing new under the sun. Brad MacKay considers the predictions of massive SNP gains and finds that they have echoes of an earlier Canadian experience.   Political debates, by their very nature, are insular. The referendum on September 18th on Scottish independence was frequentl... Read more
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Over the past few months, analysts from some of the world’s leading financial institutions have been offering their analysis on what might happen following a ‘yes’ outcome in the September 18th referendum on independence in Scotland. The financial services industry in Scotland, and their umbrella gr... Read more
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Over the past few months a number of world leaders have felt compelled to comment on the independence debate in Scotland and the UK. The Australian and Canadian prime ministers, Tony Abbott and Stephen Harper (both countries themselves have large Scottish populations), the Chinese premiere Li Keqian... Read more
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Brad MacKay encourages readers to analyse the two letters from business leaders published last week and their claims. In a piece published on the blog, Charlie Jeffery looks at the implications of the larger campaign. Healthy economies work a little bit like old growth forests. They have diverse tre... Read more
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  • 22nd January 2019

    The UK is increasingly polarised by Brexit identities and they seem to have become stronger than party identities, a new academic report finds. Only one in 16 people did not have a Brexit identity, while more than one in five said they had no party identity. Sir John Curtice’s latest analysis of public opinion on a further referendum finds there has been no decisive shift in favour of another referendum. The report, Brexit and public opinion 2019, by The UK in a Changing Europe, provides an authoritative, comprehensive and up-to-date guide to public opinion on each of the key issues around Brexit. CCC Fellow, Dr Coree Brown Swan contributed a chapter on "the SNP, Brexit and the politics of independence"

  • 22nd January 2019

    In the papers accompanying the draft Environment (Principles and Governance) Bill published at the end of 2018, the UK Government says that it is “exploring opportunities to co-design the final proposals with the devolved administrations.” There are clear benefits in having strong co-operation and collaboration across the UK in the oversight of our environmental law and performance. Yet the challenge of finding a way forward in terms of working together is substantial since each part of the UK is in a different position at present. Given where things stand today, it may be better to accept that a good resolution is not possible immediately and to revisit the issue at a later stage - so long as there is a strong commitment to return and not allow interim arrangements to become fixed. Colin Reid, Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Dundee examines the issues.

  • 17th January 2019

    Richard Parry assesses a memorable day in UK parliamentary history as the Commons splits 432-202 on 15 January 2019 against the Government's recommended Brexit route. It was the most dramatic night at Westminster since the Labour government’s defeat on a confidence motion in 1979.

  • 17th January 2019

    What is the Irish government’s Brexit wish-list? The suggestion that Irish unity, as opposed to safeguarding political and economic stability, is the foremost concern of the Irish government is to misunderstand and misrepresent the motivations of this key Brexit stakeholder, writes Mary C. Murphy (University College Cork).

  • 17th January 2019

    Brexit is in trouble but not because of the Irish backstop, argues the CCC's Michael Keating.

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