social science research that has made a difference

My work appears in the sixth issue of the Academy’s highly successful series of booklets containing stories of social science research that has made a difference to policy or practice was launched in Westminster on 18th June 2012 to an invited audience of policy makers and practitioners.

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A strong evidence base is vital for policy making and the social sciences provide that background, said Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, addressing the audience at the launch event. He went on to note the ‘massive contribution that the academic community makes to his department’s work.’

NETWORKING AND INNOVATION IN THE UK:

NETWORKING AND INNOVATION IN THE UK: A Systematic Review of the Literature

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Dr. Luke Pittaway, Lead Scholar, Lancaster University Management School
Dr. Maxine Robertson, Advisory Scholar, Warwick Business School
Dr. Kamal Munir, Advisory Scholar, University of Cambridge
Dr. David Denyer, Project Co-ordinator, Cranfield School of Management
Professor Andy Neely, Project Director, Advanced Institute of Management Research
February 2004
ISBN No. 0-9546885-3-8

Executive Summary
“Overall in the UK we do a lot of networking when trying to innovate, perhaps we don’t do enough to capitalise on it and our general infrastructure is not quite adequate to support it”. (AIM Review on Networking and Innovation, 2003). The major points discussed in the report are: … Read more

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i-works How high value innovation networks can boost UK productivity

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By: Dr Luke Pittaway, Dr Maxine Robertson, Dr David Denyer, Dr Kamal Munir, Professor Andy Neely

Improving the competitiveness of the UK economy is a national priority. Recent studies – the Porter Report and the Department of Trade and Industry
(DTI) Innovation Review show that the UK lags behind its major competitors in terms of productivity. There is a growing consensus that closing the productivity gap relies on transforming the UK from a low cost to a high value economy. Innovation – the successful exploitation of new ideas – is a prerequisite for a high value economy. Despite an impressive science base, the UK lags behind other developed economies in converting new ideas into commercial applications. Both the Porter Report and the DTI Innovation Review identified networks as vital to the creation, dissemination and exploitation of ideas. Read more

How to create value

HOW CAN FIRMS IN THE UK BE ENCOURAGED TO CREATE MORE VALUE? A Discussion and Review Paper

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Dr. Tim Edwards, Lead Scholar, Cardiff University
Dr. Giuliana Battisti, Advisory Scholar, Aston University
Dr. Wesley Payne McClendon, Jr., Advisory Scholar, Leeds University
Dr. David Denyer, Project Co-ordinator, Cranfield School of Management
Professor Andy Neely, Project Manager, Advanced Institute of Management Research
February 2004

Executive Summary
This paper investigates how firms in the UK might be encouraged to create more value through strategic innovation. Our approach is an integrative one, drawing on both the extant literature – covering the value chain, innovation and the low skill/low quality equilibrium debate – and the two systematic reviews completed by the AIM Scholars – covering promising practices and networks. In the paper we argue that there are three basic strategies that firms can adopt to create more value through strategic innovation: … read more