Innovation (CBR research area)

This area of work is concerned with innovation and its links to productivity and firm growth. In particular, a key aspect of our work is the financing of innovation and the difficulties faced by translating scientific advance into commercial success. Amongst the principal objectives of this programme are the analysis of the innovative performance, financial and management characteristics, and location of smaller firms, and the design and evaluation of policies towards supporting innovation. This analysis has involved close interdisciplinary collaboration between CBR researchers in economics, geography, law and sociology; and has been strengthened by collaboration with other groups in the UK and abroad.

Associated research themes

Business clusters

Corporate growth

Family businesses

Financing innovation

Financing smaller businesses

Governance and innovation

Innovation policy

Innovation systems

Inter-firm collaboration

Open innovation

Regional innovation

Research and development

Science and technology policy

Services innovation

Startups and commercialisation

Universities in systems of innovation

Venture capital and hedge funds

Associated research projects

Agglomerative and Deglomerative Processes and Small Firms Development in Business and Professional Services

Analysis of Middle Market Firms

Analysis of the Relationship between Training and Business Performance

Barriers to Innovation and Growth in High Technology SMEs: The Role of Absorptive Capacity

Building a Biomedical Enterprise and Commercialising Science: Entrepreneurial UK Genomics Firms in Comparative Perspective

Building Economic Competitiveness: Lessons from Small Peripheral European States

China Engineering Scoping Study

CIS4 and Oslo Manual Revision: Early Stage Pilot

Comparative Study of Knowledge Exchange in the United States and the United Kingdom

Competition and Performance

Competition, Takeovers and Investment

Competitiveness and Productivity of the UK Design Engineering Sector

The Competitiveness of the UK and its Multinational Companies

The Connectivity of the Arts and Humanities: New Analysis of Missing Links

The Contribution of Services and Other Sectors to Australian Productivity Growth 1995-2005

Corporate Governance and Innovation

Corporate Governance and Investment: An International Research Network

Corporate Law and Economic Performance

Corporate Rescue: Impact of the Enterprise Act 2002

Corporate Responses to Macroeconomic Changes and Shocks

Dynamics of Institutions and Markets in Europe (DIME)

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of HEFCE/OSI Third Stream Funding

Evaluation of the Golden Key Package Component of the Small Business Initiative Funded by the British Bankers Association

Evidence Base for Innovation Policy (UK~IRC)

Evolution of Governance Arrangements in the Family Firm

Finance, Training and SME Performance: An Evaluation Study of the Small Business Initiative

FINNOV – Finance, Innovation and Growth: Changing Patterns and Policy Implications

Flexible Specialisation, Competitive Advantage and Business Structuring in the UK Computer Industry

Funding Breakthrough Technology

Funding Models, Research Performance and the Effects of the UK National Science System

The Globalising Behaviour of UK Firms in a Comparative Context

Government Support for Small Business Innovation and the SBIR

High Tech CEOs and Their Businesses

Impact of the Enterprise Act 2002

The Impact of the National Minimum Wage on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

The Integrated Knowledge Centre (IKC) Commercialisation Laboratory

International Innovation Benchmarking and the Determinants of Business Success

Knowledge Exchange between Arts and Humanities and the Private, Public and Third Sectors

The Knowledge Hub (UK~IRC)

Manufacturing Strategy and Competitiveness



The National Small and Medium Sized Business Surveys

Networks, Collective Learning and R&D in Regionally Clustered High-technology Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

New Modes of Innovation: Managerial and Strategic Business Practices and Open Innovation (UK~IRC)

New Product Development Performance in the UK and Japanese Automotive Industries

Northern Ireland SME Benchmarking Survey

The Organisation of Entrepreneurial Technology Firms in Several European Countries

Pension Fund Governance and Socially Responsible Investment

Research Using UK Innovation Survey 2005 Data

The Role of Banks versus Venture Capital in Financing Small Enterprises in Successful European Regions

The Role of "Soft Companies" and Government R&D Contracts in Development of SMEs

The Role of Technology Policy in Incubating European New Technology-Based Firms

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

SME Finance and Innovation in the Current Economic Crisis

SME Performance and Policy

Spatial Variations in Innovations and Absorptive Capacity

Startup Finance: A Study of Micro Finance amongst Soft and Hard Companies

Strategic Advisory Board on Intellectual Property (SABIP) Review

Structural Change, Competitive Advantage and the Regulation of the Media

Survey of National Health Service Reforms and the Working Lives of Midwives and Physiotherapists

Territorial Clustering and Innovative Milieux: Technology-based Firms in the Cambridge and Oxford Regions

The UK Innovation Research Centre (UK~IRC)

UK~IRC and CIHE Task Force: Enhancing Value: Getting the Most out of UK Research

UK Survey of SME Finances 2007

Universities and Their Role in Systems of Innovation: A Comparative Assessment of UK and US Institutions and Locales

University-Industry Knowledge Exchange: Demand Pull, Supply Push and the Public Space Role of Higher Education Institutions in the UK Regions