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Jocelyn Probert

Senior Research Fellow


Business models in innovative and high tech firms; university-industry linkages; science and technology policy; comparative capitalisms; organisational innovations and organisational networks. 


Universities & the Attraction and Retention of R&D-Related Inward Investment (HEFCE)

Cultural Capital & the Competitiveness of Place (AHRC)

Personal background

Jocelyn is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Business Research. Her research in recent years has focused on two main themes: first, the financing of innovative technology firms, reflected in her work with Andrea Mina on corporate venture capital (within the FINNOV project), and with David Connell on the role of customer-funded R&D contracts in the development and growth of innovative start-up businesses; and second, on the links between universities and the non-academic world. Research for the AHRC revealed the extent of connections between arts and humanities academics and organisations in the private, public and third sectors, while for the CIHE the focus was on how better collaborations between industry and universities can enhance the value of publicly-funded research. Current projects examine the ways in which ‘cultural capital’ created by universities and the cultural sector can enhance the socio-economic competitiveness of UK towns and cities (again funded by the AHRC), and the role of universities in helping to attract and retain corporate R&D investments (for HEFCE).

Jocelyn joined the CBR to explore the impact of national institutional frameworks on the global production networks created by UK, US, German and Japanese firms, as a result of which she has co-authored with Christel Lane several journal articles and book chapters; their book 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 Cambridge 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 MSc in International Business students at the University of Birmingham, and continues to supervise MSc dissertations there.

Selected publications

J. Probert, D. Connell and A. Mina (2013) ‘R&D Service Firms: The Hidden Engine of the High-Tech Economy?’ Research Policy 42 (6-7) July-August: 1274-1285.

Mina, A. and J Probert (2012) Enhancing collaboration, creating value: Business interaction with the UK research base in four sectors. Report commissioned by the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE). UK~IRC and CIHE, September.

A. Hughes, M. Kitson and J. Probert (2011) Hidden Connections: Knowledge Exchange between the Arts and Humanities and the Private, Public and Third Sectors. Report commissioned by the Arts & Humanities Research Council. AHRC and Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge, April.

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.

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.

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. (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.

Contact details

Jocelyn Probert
Centre for Business Research
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG