Innovation Taskforce

The purpose of the ABS Taskforce is to provide evidence of how UK business schools are supporting the Government’s agenda in the BIS report Innovation and Research for Growth. BIS defines innovation as: 'the development of new products, services and processes, which may be based on cutting edge research.'

We are interested in barriers to success, consulting on actions to be taken and establishing links with relevant policy bodies. Key themes are: student employability, enhanced realisation of technology, faculty capacity building to engage better with practice and a review of funding for business and management research post AIM to support world-class research. An interim report of key findings was made at the ABS annual conference on Innovation for Growth, 15-16 October at Warwick University.               

An ABS summary of the BIS report is available here.

A short web survey has been sent to ABS members.

Richard Rawlinson, Vice President, Booz & Company, London
Prof. Richard Thorpe, Pro-Dean for Research, Leeds University Business School

Click *here* for their recent presentation on: The role of UK business schools in driving forward innovation and growth in the UK domestic economy.

Meetings are being held with Sir Tim Wilson, Lord David Young, Lord Michael Heseltine, colleagues at BIS and other key stakeholders. Communications Management is producing a report with ABS on what businesses think of UK business schools. An event for the next report on UK business schools and innovation and research on growth is being organised for April 2013 at the House of Commons.

We are looking for examples of business schools driving innovation The following are examples of what we have received so far:

Loughborough University - The Glendonbrook Centre for Enterprise Education Supporting Students with Entrepreneurial Ideas

University of Sheffield - City Leaderhship Programme

Aston University - West Midlands Innovation voucher scheme

Imperial College and University of Leeds - The value of venture capital

University of Northampton - Creating a marketplace for Social Impact

Members confirmed to date:

Prof. Nic Beech, School of Management, University of St. Andrews

Prof. Tim Clark, Durham Business School

Prof. Simon Collinson, Birmingham Business School

Dr. David Doherty, CIHE

Jude England, British Library;

Mike Jones, FME;

Luis Juste, Santander

Dan LeClair, AACSB International;

Prof. Michelle Lowe, University of Southampton Faculty of Business & Law

Geoff Mulgan, NESTA

Prof. Zoe Radnor, Cardiff Business School

Dr. John Ryan, LSE

Georgia Siora, Warwick Economics & Development;

Dr. Keith Smith, Imperial College

Jon Wakeford, UPP

Petra Wilton, CMI

Prof. Baback Yazdani, Nottingham Business School.

AACSB International (2010) Business Schools on an Innovation Mission. Tampa, Florida.
QS Global 200 Business School Report 2012 Innovation MBA Rating.