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    How to run a university in an increasingly competitive landscape

How to run a university in an increasingly competitive landscape

It is a leitmotiv that public services must be efficient: they are expected to be ‘market oriented’, ‘entrepreneurial’, and ‘financially sustainable’. Universities are not an exception in this respect, since they are asked to perform, to be accountable to several stakeholders, and to stand out in international rankings and in national evaluation exercises to top up one’s credibility and […]

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    Open innovation is growing, but universities may be missing out on the action

Open innovation is growing, but universities may be missing out on the action

The concept of open innovation is one that is growing in acceptance, with a recent report revealing that nearly 80 percent of companies are regularly engaged with external partners in their innovation work. Despite this apparent willingness and high levels of R&D spending, a recent paper reveals that academics are seemingly missing out on the action, as they spend less […]

February 19th, 2016|Adi Gaskell, Impact|5 Comments|
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    Growth of emerging markets, new technologies and urbanisation are historic world shifts

Growth of emerging markets, new technologies and urbanisation are historic world shifts

What role do universities play in helping businesses understand the world and where the world is going?

“The world is undergoing fundamental structural change. The balance of economic activity is moving to emerging markets and developing countries, as they have faster growth rates than we’re seeing in the rich countries. It’s moving into towns and cities at an extraordinary rate. […]

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    The right academic partner can help smaller enterprises bring innovation to market

The right academic partner can help smaller enterprises bring innovation to market

The UK is a world leader in research, home to a plethora of internationally acclaimed companies, and has contributed life-changing technologies and products to the global market. However, a historic lack of collaboration and understanding between centres of research excellence and business has seen the UK fail to bring to market some innovations with the potential for explosive growth.

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The top ten ways in which firms and universities interact

When working on a recent book, charting The Impact of the Social Sciences, my co-authors Simon Bastow and Jane Tinkler and I talked with dozens of corporate executives, scientists and academics about business-university linkages in the UK. In those conversations we found that many people on both sides of the fence tended to not see or minimize linkages at […]