Business models in innovative and high tech firms; science and technology policy; comparative capitalisms; organisational innovations and organisational networks.
Jocelyn is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Business Research. Her work in recent years has focused on the financing of innovative technology firms, reflected in the publication in February 2010 of a report (with David Connell) arguing for greater recognition of the role that customer-funded R&D contracts can play in the development and growth of innovative start-up businesses. (The report, Exploding the Myths of UK Innovation Policy: How 'Soft Companies' and R&D Contracts for Customers Drive the Growth of the Hi-Tech Economy, can be downloaded from the Publications Special Report section of the website.) She is currently investigating corporate venturing units and the assets that they bring to bear in the commercialisation of innovation, as part of the European Commission 7th Framework Programme on Finance, Innovation and Growth.
Jocelyn's previous work for the CBR explored the impact of national institutional frameworks on the global production networks created by UK, US, German and Japanese firms, from which she has co-authored with Christel Lane several journal articles and book chapters; their book focusing on the clothing industries in the US, UK and Germany was published by OUP in spring 2009. Her earlier research, for INSEAD's Euro-Asia Centre in Fontainebleau and subsequently for her PhD thesis at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, drew on and extended her experience working in Japan as an equities analyst for an investment bank.
She has taught organisational behaviour and systems of innovation courses to Undergraduate and Masters students at the University of Birmingham, and continues to supervise Masters dissertations there.
Connell, D. and Probert, J. (2010), Exploding the Myths of UK Innovation Policy: How 'Soft Companies' and R&D Contracts for Customers Drive the Growth of the Hi-Tech Economy, Centre for Business Research, Unversity of Cambridge.
Lane, C. and Probert, J. (2009), National Capitalisms, Global Production Networks - Fashioning the Value Chain in the UK, USA, And Germany, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Probert, J. (2008) 'An international political economy perspective on the textile and clothing industries of developed countries: examples from the US, UK and Germany'. Report to the TCF Review Secretariat, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Australian Government, June.
Lane, C. and Probert, J. (2008) 'SMEs in the global economy: a comparison of the global production networks of German and British clothing firms'. In K. Bluhm and R. Schmidt (Eds.) Change in SMEs: Towards A New European Capitalism?, Palgrave Macmillan, pp.135-151.
Lane, C. and Probert, J. (2007) 'The External Sourcing of Technological Knowledge by US Pharmaceutical Companies: strategic goals and inter-organisational relationships'. Industry and Innovation, 14(1): 5-25.
Probert, J. (2006) 'Global Value Chains in the Pharmaceutical Industry'. In D.H. Whittaker and R.
Cole (eds.), Recovering from Success: Innovation and Technology Management in Japan, Oxford University Press, pp. 87-104.
Lane, C. and Probert, J. (2006) 'Globalization and Labour Market Segmentation: The impact of
global production networks on employment patterns of German and UK clothing firms'. In A. Ferner, J. Quintanilla and C. Sanchez-Runde (eds.), Multinationals, Institutions and the Construction of Transnational Practices: Convergence and Diversity in the Global Economy, Palgrave-Macmillan, p.184-212.
Lane, C. and Probert, J. (2006) 'Domestic capabilities and global production networks in the clothing industry: a comparison of German and UK firms' strategies', Socio-Economic Review, Vol. 4 (1), 2006.
Lane, C. and Probert, J. (2004) 'Between the global and the local: a comparison of the German and UK clothing
industry', Competition and Change, 8(3): 243-266.
Lane, C. and Probert, J. (2004) 'Globalisation and Labour Market Segmentation: Global Production Networks and
Employment Patters within German and UK Clothing Firms', ITEC Working Paper 04-06, September.
Lane, C. and Probert, J. (2004) 'Between the Global and the Local: A Comparison of the British and German Clothing Industry', CBR
Working Paper 283, March.
Probert. J. (2003) 'Eikoku Seiyaku Sangyo Ron: Sono Senryaku to Kozo' ('The UK Pharmaceutical Industry: Strategies and Structures'), Iryo to Shakai (Journal of Health Care and Society), Vol. 12: no.4, pp61-89. (In Japanese.)
Lane, C. and Probert, J. (2003) 'Globalisation and its Impact on Competitiveness: The Case of the British
and German Pharmaceutical Industry', CBR
Working Paper 262, June.