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Organisational unit: Research Group

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The focus of this group is research and teaching in the areas of innovation management, technology management and operations management. Members of the group have interests in a variety of topics relating to these themes as can be seen in their keywords. The group aims to develop and extend academic theory as well as delivering insights that can impact both policy and practice. Group members use a range of research approaches and methods to collect and analyse empirical data and develop new knowledge.


Research Funding and Support

Research activities by group members have been supported by a variety of external and internal funding sources including the European Union, Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), British Council, British Academy, Innovate UK and the Chinese Scholarship Council.

We have also worked with organisations including Adnams, Atos Origin, BMW, BT, Centrica, Clever Together, Freshfields, GlaxoSmithKline, Mercedes, Nissan, OECD, Proxama, Santander, Skandia, Skyline CG, Tesla and Vodafone.


Business Research Partners

Kate Hopkinson is Director of Inner Skills, a consultancy she set up in 1995. She uses an innovative methodology she has developed, called Landscape of the Mind. As well as 30 years experience in management and organisation development, Kate has been CEO of a not-for-profit organisation, and served for 6 years on the board of Saferworld, an NGO concerned with international security issues. She is a designated expert in cognitive sciences for the European Commission, and has been a formal reviewer for EU projects. As well as writing articles and papers, she contributed to the best selling "The Personal Management Handbook". She has been supporting the ITOM research group with developing non-academic impact since 2013.


Peter Thomond is Managing Partner of Clever Together, a consultancy that has deep experience in delivering productivity and growth through innovation and change. Their main approach is to drive value from en-masse engagement or crowdsourcing techniques. Pete is also co-founder and Director of Strategy and Innovation at Sports Inspired, which is a social enterprise with a mission to help confidence, activity levels and life skills of young people through the power of sport. Sports Inspired works in partnership with businesses seeking to deliver community and staff development goals and with local authorities seeking to tackle inactivity and obesity. He has been supporting the ITOM research group with developing non-academic impact since 2013.

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