Margaret Thatcher Professor Emeritus of Enterprise Studies
Senior Research Associate (Centre for Business Research)
Fellow of Sidney Sussex College
My research interests include science and innovation policy; measurement and evaluation of science, industrial and business support policy; growth innovation and financial characteristics of small and medium-sized enterprises; analysis of the relationship between corporate takeover, corporate governance, executive pay and business performance; training and business performance; the relationship between law and economics in the analysis of corporate organisation and performance.
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Interactions between UK businesses and universities are broad based and beneficial, but are being held back by firms' lack of capacity and information to tap this key resource, says a new report co-authored at Cambridge Judge Business School.
The financial crisis has revived the notion of industrial policy in the UK. But how is it different today from the 'discredited' policies of the 1970s, and do we risk betting on winners once again? In this episode, joining podcast series host Michael Kitson, University Senior Lecturer in International Macroeconomics at Cambridge Judge Business School, are Alan Hughes, Professor of Innovation at Imperial College Business School and former Director of the Centre for Business Research at Cambridge Judge Business School, and Michael Pollitt, Professor of Business Economics at Cambridge Judge. This is the sixth in a series of “Cambridge Judge Business Debate” podcasts featuring faculty and others associated with Cambridge Judge Business School and the broader Cambridge community. This sixth podcast focuses on the topic of Industrial Policy, which has been in the news since the November 2017 publication of the UK government’s White Paper entitled “Industrial Strategy: Building a Britain Fit for the Future”. Here are some of the issues raised in the podcast, along with edited excerpts of remarks made by the panellists: The financial crisis has revived the idea of “industrial policy” Michael Kitson: “Since the financial crisis and the great recession, there’s been a re-evaluation of…
Research by Professor Alan Hughes has played a pivotal role in the rollout of the highly successful Catapult Centres, which exist to encourage collaboration between academics and entrepreneurs. The Government's decision to expand the network of UK Catapult Centres is good news for technology and innovation – and great news for academics at Cambridge Judge Business School, whose research played a pivotal role in their inception. Speaking at the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell, Oxfordshire, business secretary Vince Cable said the seven existing Catapults had been so successful that two more would be opened by 2015/16 and an additional £7 million invested in the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. "Catapult centres have made a significant contribution over the last year, supporting businesses and developing new technologies. The total public and private sector investment in the Catapults so far is £1.4 billion and further investment will follow,” said Cable. By committing to investment in new technologies now, we are laying the foundations for the high-growth businesses of the future. This will allow them to grow, take on more employees and keep the UK at the forefront of global innovation.” Designed to create specialist institutions on the boundaries between universities and business, the…
Times Higher Education | 24 March 2022
A report by the National Centre for Universities and Businesses (NCUB) and the Centre for Business Research (CBR) at Cambridge Judge Business School, based on major survey of almost 4,000 firms, finds work with institutions at national and international level is a large slice of collaboration activity.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Economic Review (CPIER) has been commissioned to review the economy in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Economist Dame Kate Barker, Chair of the CBR Advisory Board and a former top Government housing adviser, will chair the commission. Professor Alan Hughes, previously Director of the Centre for Business Research (CBR) and Professor of Enterprise Studies at Cambridge Judge Business School will also be on the review board. The review is jointly funded by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, the GCGP LEP and Cambridge Ahead, which represents some of the most influential organisations in the Cambridge region.