Impact with Firms

Our Effect on Firms

Our research has transformed innovation processes in many UK-based organisations, such as Arup, IBM, Atkins, Laing O’Rourke and the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), helping them remain at the forefront of technological, systems and service innovation. We engage with world-leading innovators who utilise our relevant, practical and high-quality academic outputs to harness and exploit innovation.

Many of our projects are co-developed with industry partners, including world-leading multinationals and SMEs, allowing us to develop timely and relevant solutions. Through our Executive Education training programmes, we supply  teaching for leading companies, focusing on complex issues in technology development, idea creation, innovation, incubation, technical construction, spin-out and business management. We are helping these organisations to invest in their staff and maximise the skills needed to advance their business.

Building collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships is a core purpose of the Department. From these partnerships we gain unique access to valuable data, resources and practical support, whilst out partners benefit from applying the latest academic insights to support the competitive development of the business. See below for a brief insights into some of our major impacts:

Construction of the 2012 Olympic Park
Construction of the 2012 Olympic Park

Working with the Olympic Delivery Authority and Laing O'Rourke, this project examined learning in mega-projects.

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Managing Knowledge Flow and Network Ties
Managing Knowledge Flow and Network Ties

Working with Arup and Atkins, this project identified and mapped firm knowledge to improve innovation efficiency.

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Project-to-Project Learning
Project-to-Project Learning

Working with Laing O'Rourke, this project examined megaproject management at Heathrow Terminal 5.

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University-Industry Links
University-Industry Links

This research initiative examines best practice in developing and managing relationships with industry.

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Client-Centric Innovation
Client-Centric Innovation

Working with IBM this project reorientated boundary-spanning innovation to improve client services.

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Centre for Management Buy-Out Research
Centre for Management Buy-Out Research

The Centre monitors and analyses management buy-outs providing comprehensive data for industry.

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Crossrail: Transport Innovation
Crossrail: Transport Innovation

This project studied collaboration across internal mega-project boundaries and has delivered an innovation strategy for Crossrail.

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Business Model Innovation
Business Model Innovation

Working with CISCO we fostered smart city initiatives and have delivered an award winning report on railway stations.

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