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Services Innovation & Innovative Performance at the Sector Level (UK~IRC)

Aims & objectives

This UK~IRC project is concerned with structural changes in the UK economy that have led to unprecedented growth in its service - and especially business service - component. The research programme includes analyses of firm behaviours, sectoral landscapes and the macro environment. 

The CBR/Imperial College team has so far achieved important milestones. Progress on the macro component of the project includes the new CBR Working paper by Ken Coutts and Bob Rowthorn "Prospects for the UK balance of payments" and the report "Rebalancing the British economy: a strategic assessment" by Bill Martin. Bill Martin also prepared an updated version of his report, "Rebalancing in the dark", for a presentation to HM Treasury economists on 27 July 2010. 

The team has gathered new and original micro-data of important groups of under-researched professional services, including design, architecture and engineering businesses. This stream of research has led to a number of papers. Two of them are currently under review in leading journals and two are in preperation for future submissions. The aceademic dissemination strategy has been associated with direct involment with practitioners. The team undertook an analysis of the design industry for the Design Council and the Department of Business Innovation and Skills which was well received. They have continued to work with the Architects' Journal and New Civil Engineer to gain access to additional unique data on professional services in return for some analysis of this data. Work is also in progress to analyse the dynamics of structural change assocaited with the growth of services, and business services in particular, in the UK economy. Elif Bascavusoglu-Moreau has also continued work with Bruce Tether on the interaction bewteen service and manufacturing activities in firms and the growth of servitisation strategies. 

The UK~IRC work on Services was presented at numerous invited seminars, workshops and international conferences, including: the 2010 DRUID Conference in London (plenary session), DRUID 2011 at Copenhagen Business School; a conference on knowledge based services held in Rome in December 2010; 2010 and 2011 Academy of Management Annual Meetings (Montreal, 6-10 August 2010/San Antonio, Texas, 12-16 August 2011); seminars at NESTA and the University of Padua (March 2011); the Friedrich Schiller University/Max Planck Institute for Economics Seminar Series (Jena, 2 February 2011) INGENIO (Spanish Council for Scientific Research/Polytechnic, University of Valencia,14 April 2011); the Workshop 'Professional Services: Innovation and Practices' UK-IRC and AIM Workshop, Imperial College London Business School, 10-11 March 2011. Forthcoming presentations include the 2012 International Schumpeter Conference, the DRUID Conference and the Academy of Management Meeting.

Journal articles

Coutts, K. and Rowthorn, R. (2013) 'The UK balance of payments: structure and prospects', Oxford Review of Economic Policy 29(2): 307-325.

Harris, R., Li, Q.C. and Moffat, J. (2013) 'The impact of higher education institution-firm knowledge links on establishment-level productivity in British regions' The Manchester School, 81(2): 143?162.

Mina, A, Bascavusoglu-Moreau, E. and Hughes, A. (2013) 'Open service innovation and the firm's search for external knowledge', Research Policy, published online and forthcoming in print (DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2013.07.004). 

Mina, A., Bascavusoglu-Moreau, E. and Hughes, A. (2013) 'Exploiting knowledge flows: openness and the innovative performance of business services' Best Paper Proceedings, 2013 Academy of Management Meeting.

Probert, J., Connell, D. and Mina, A. (2013) 'R&D service firms: the hidden engine of the high?tech economy?' Research Policy, 42 (6-7): 1274-1285. 

Perkmann, M., Tartari, V., McKelvey, M., Autio, E., Broström, A., D'Este, P., Fini, R., Geuna, A., Grimaldi, R., Hughes, A., Kitson, M., Krabel, S., Llerena, P., Lissoni, F., Salter, A. and Sobrero, M. (2012) 'Academic engagement and commercialisation: a review of the literature on university-industry relations', Research Policy, 42(2): 423-442.

Hughes, A., Cosh, A. and Fu, X. (2012) 'Organisation structure and innovation performance in different environments' Small Business Economics, 33: 301-317.

Hughes, A., Deiaco, E. and McKelvey, M. (eds) (2012) Cambridge Journal of Economics Special Issue: Universities as strategic actors in the knowledge economy, Volume 36 (3).

Hughes, A. and Kitson, M. (2012), 'Pathways to impact and the strategic role of universities: new evidence on the breadth and depth of university knowledge exchange in the UK and the factors constraining its development' Cambridge Journal of Economics, 36: 712-750.

Hughes, A., Deiaco, E. and McKelvey, M. (2012) 'Universities as strategic actors in the knowledge economy' Cambridge Journal of Economics Special Issue, 36: 525-541.

Tether, B., Li, C. and Mina, A. (2012) 'Knowledge-bases, places, spatial configurations and the performance of knowledge-intensive professional service firms', Journal of Economic Geography 26: 969-1001. 

Book chapters

Bascavusoglu-Moreau E. and Colakoglu, M. (2013) 'Impact of SME policies on innovation capabilities: the Turkish case' in Yetkiner, I., Pamukcu, M. and Erdil, E. (eds) Industrial Dynamics, Innovation Policy, and Economic Growth through Technological Advancements, pp. 159-184 (IGI Global).

Hughes, A. (2013) 'Capital markets, innovation systems and the financing of innovation' in M. Dodgson, D. Gann and N. Phillips (eds) (2013) The Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management (Oxford: OUP) forthcoming.

Hughes, A. (2012) 'Choosing races and placing bets: UK national innovation policy and the globalisation of innovation systems' in D. Greenaway (ed.) The UK in a Global World - How can the UK focus on steps in global value chains that really add value? (London: CEPR).

Salter, A. and Alexy, O. (2012) 'The nature of innovation', in M. Dodgson, D. Gann and N. Phillips (eds.) Handbook of Innovation Management (Oxford: OUP), forthcoming.

Salter, A. and Tether, B. (2014), 'Innovation in Services: An Overview', in K. Haynes and I. Grugulis (eds.), Managing Services: Challenges and Innovations (Oxford: OUP), forthcoming.

Tether, B.S. (2014) 'Services, innovation and the management of service innovation', in M. Dodgson, D. Gann and N. Phillips (eds.) (2013) The Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management (Oxford: OUP) forthcoming.

Research reports

Bascavusoglu-Moreau, E. (2013) 'Knowledge spillovers and sources of knowledge in UK', Foresight Project: The Future of Manufacturing Evidence Paper 18, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

Coutts, K. and Rowthorn, R. (2013) 'Update of prospects for the UK balance of payments', Foresight Project: The Future of Manufacturing Evidence Paper 30, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

Coutts, K. and Rowthorn, R.(2013) 'De-industrialisation and the balance of payments in advanced economies', Foresight Project: The Future of Manufacturing Evidence Paper 31, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

Coutts, K. and Rowthorn, R. (2013) 'Re-industrialisation - a commentary', Foresight Project: The Future of Manufacturing Evidence Paper 32, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. To be published, Autumn 2013. Gudgin, G. and Taylor, P.J. (2013) Seats, Votes and the Spatial Organisation of Elections, European Consortium for Political Research, ECPR Classics. 

Hughes, A., Kitson, M., Bullock, A. and Milner, I. (2013) The Dual Funding Structure for Research in the UK: Research Council and Funding Council Allocation Methods and the Pathways to Impact of UK Academics, A Report from the Centre for Business Research (CBR) and the UK Innovation Research Centre (UK~IRC) to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Docherty, D., Eyton, D., Hughes, A. and Pearce, S. (2012) Growing Value - Business-University Collaaboration for the 21st Century, CIHE-UK~IRC Enhancing Value Task Force, December. 

Hughes, A. and PACEC (2012) Analysis of TSB University Engagement Practices, PACEC and CBR, April.

Hughes, A. and Martin, B.R. (2012) Enhancing Impact: The Value of Public Sector R&D, UK~IRC and CIHE.

Martin, Bill and Rowthorn, R. (2012) Is the British economy supply constrained? II A renewed critique of productivity pessimism, Special Report (Cambridge: Centre for Business Research and UK~IRC), May.

Martin, B. (2010) Rebalancing the British Economy: A Strategic Assessment, Special Report (Cambridge: CBR and UK~IRC), April.

Martin, B. (2010) Rebalancing in the Dark, Special Report (Cambridge: Centre for Business Research and UK~IRC), July.

Working papers

Coutts, K. & Graham Gudgin (2012) 'Is the UK Bound to Follow Free Market Economic Policies?' Inaugural conference of Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), July. The British Growth Crisis: the Search for a New Model. Conference proceedings.

Li, Cher, Tether, B., Wennberg, K. and A. Mina (2011) 'Organisational Learning and the Internationalisation of Professional Service Firms', DRUID Working Paper.

Coutts, K and B. Rowthorn (2009) 'Prospects for the UK balance of payments', CBR Working paper No. 394, December 2009.

Conference papers

Alexy, O., Bascavusoglu-Moreau, E. and Salter, A., (2013) 'Toward a Behavioral Theory of Open Innovation' Workshop on 'Strategizing open innovation: foundations for new approaches', Bath, September. 

Bascavusoglu, E. (2013) 'Regional and Sectoral Systems of Innovation and R&D Decisions' 2. International Regional Development Conference, Elazig (invited keynote speaker).

Hughes, A. (2013) 'Measuring the Impact of Public Sector Funding for Science Base Research: How can we know if it pays off?', Meeting of the Science Council, London, 8 October.

237. Hughes, A. (2013) 'Mechanisms for Enhancing the Impact of University-based Research on Company Innovation and Business Performance: An International policy comparison', ATSE Workshop - Translating Research into Productivity: Rethinking Linkages, Brisbane, 8 August.

238. Hughes, A. (2013) 'What future action should Government take given implications of change presented?', Foresight High Level Stakeholder Group Meeting, EEF Broadway House, London, 2 July.

Hughes, A. (2013) 'The Myth of the Ivory Tower: Universities and the Wealth of Nations', Sidney Club of Geneva Annual Dinner, Geneva, 22 June.

Hughes, A. (with Kitson, M.) (2013) 'The Dual Funding Structure for Research and the Impact Pathways of Academics in the UK', Roundtable Discussion with the Rt Hon David Willetts, BIS, 1 Victoria Street, London, 22 May.

Hughes, A. (2013) 'Industrial Strategy', Foresight Roundtable Discussion, EEF Broadway House, London, 29 April.

Hughes, A. (2013) 'The Business of Science', House of Commons Policy Events Series, House of Commons, London, 15 March.

Hughes, A. (2013) Panel Discussion: A great place to do innovation: UK strengths in research and Innovation, TSB Annual Conference Innovate 2013, London.

Mina, A., Bascavusoglu-Moreau, E. and Hughes, A. (2013) 'Exploiting Knowledge Flows; Internal, External Openness and the Innovative Performance of Business Services' Academy of Management Meeting, Orlando, August. 

Mina, A., Bascavusoglu-Moreau, E. and A. Hughes (2013) 'Exploiting knowledge flows: Openness and the innovative performance of business services', 2013 DRUID Summer Conference ESADE, Barcelona, 17-19; AoM Annual Meeting 2013, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, 9-13 August 2013 (Best Paper Proceedings). 

Mina, A., Bascavusoglu-Moreau, E. and Hughes, A. (2013) 'Exploiting Knowledge Flows; Internal, External Openness and the Innovative Performance of Business Services' EURAM Annual Meeting, Istanbul, June. 

Tether, B. and Pina, K. (2013) 'The Influence of Knowledge Types and Location on the Innovative Behaviours of KIBS' R&D management conference 2013, 26 and 28 June, Manchester, British Academy of Management Conference, 10 to 12 September in Liverpool, EU-SPRI Conference 2013, 1 to 3 October in Lund, Sweden.

Tether, B., Marzocchi, C. and Massini, S. (2013)'Opening the Black Box of KIBS and Professional Services: How do their search strategies differ?', 8th European Meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics, June 10-12 2013, SKEMA Business School, Sophia Antipolis, France, and R&D Management Conference, 26-28 June, Manchester.

Bascavusoglu-Moreau, E. and Tether, B. (2012) 'Does Collaborating with Customers Increase the Impact of R&D and Marketing Investments on Innovative Performance? Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, August.

Hughes, A. (2012) Intervene or stand back - what should be the industrial strategy for the UK?, Foundation for Science and Technology Debate, London, 14 November.

Hughes, A. (2012) Stocktaking of three national systems: The situation in the UK, IG Workshop on Research & Innovation Public Research Systems and Innovation in Europe: Which kind of research institution/ arrangement of institutions do we need?, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, 12 November.

Hughes, A. (2012) Enhancing Value Task Force, Round Table Debate, Portcullis House, 1-2 Bridge Street, London, 1 November.

Hughes, A. (2012) Innovation and Technology Organisations: Role and Impact, What does success look like for innovation and technology centres?, IET, 2 Savoy Place, London, 22nd October.

Hughes, A. (2012) Globalization and the Value of UK R&D, CIHE Breakfast hosted by Sir John Parker, Chairman, Anglo American, 20 Carlton House Terrace, London, 16 October.

Hughes, A. (2012) Pathways to Impact in the UK: A Comparative Analysis of Knowledge Exchange in the Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and the Arts and Humanities, OECD TIP-RIHR Thematic Workshop on Knowledge Transfer, Exploitation and Commercialisation, OECD, Paris, 5th October. 

Hughes, A. (2012) The UK R&D Landscape and the Impact of Publicly Funded Research: Selected Findings, CIHE-UK~IRC Task Force: Launch of Enhancing Collaboration, Creating Value, Digital TV Group, London, 3rd September.

Mina, A., Bascavusoglu-Moreau, E. and Hughes, A. (2012) 'Open Service Innovation and Firm's Search for External Knowledge' Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, August. 

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Project leader

Bruce Tether (Manchester Business School)

Project director

Alan Hughes

Project dates

2009-2014

Funding

ESRC, NESTA, BIS, TSB