Developing Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Opportunities for business schools and small business

Tuesday 25 June, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

In 2018 the government committed to invest up to £25 million to boost business productivity through the KTP scheme. This includes placing over 200 additional graduates and academics into firms to translate their research insights into business growth.

Knowledge Transfer Partnership’s (KTP’s) help small businesses innovate and grow by enabling them to access academic expertise and facilities. This new workshop will explore the ways in which business schools can develop and manage partnerships with small business, and the opportunities that these 3-way partnerships present for business schools (the knowledge partner), the business and the associate.

Join us and find out about:

  • The practicalities of establishing a KTP: Understanding eligibility requirements, the partnership proposal, the grant application, the roles of the key participants, and setting the aims and targets of the KTP
  • How to identify and recruit suitable associates including recruitment methods, contractual issues, induction strategy and the provision of ongoing training
  • Delivering and managing the partnership: The role of the partnership facilitator and local management committee
  • Life beyond the partnership: How to develop and deepen the relationship between the business and the knowledge base partner once the partnership has finished

Speakers include:

Susan Suttle
Knowledge Transfer Adviser for Liverpool, East Lancashire and Salford, Knowledge Transfer Network

Matthew Hague
Executive Director – Product Strategy, Microlise

Jim Willis
Managing Director, Bulb Studios

Dr Yanguo Jing
Associate Dean Enterprise and Innovation, Faculty of Business & Law, Coventry University

Professor Eleanor Shaw
Senior Vice Dean and Head, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School

Dr William Green
Associate Professor in Innovation, Operations and Knowledge Management, School of Business, University of Leicester

Dr Judy Zolkiewski
Professor of Marketing & Head of Marketing Subject Area Group, Alliance Manchester Business School

Joanne Summers
Knowledge Exchange Officer, University of Manchester

Programme

09:20   Registration and refreshments

09:50   Chair’s welcome and introductions

Professor Eleanor Shaw, Senior Vice Dean and Head, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School

 

10:00   Establishing and funding Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

In this opening session we will explore how KTP’s fit within the broader spectrum of Knowledge Exchange (KE) activities, how they can bring benefits to each of the three partners and the practicalities of identifying a KTP opportunity and establishing the partnership. Particular attention will be paid to understanding eligibility requirements, the partnership proposal and the grant application.

Susan Suttle, Knowledge Transfer Adviser for Liverpool, East Lancashire and Salford, Knowledge Transfer Network - DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Joanne Summers, Knowledge Exchange Officer, University of Manchester - DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

 

11:00   Break

 

11:20   Recruiting and managing KTP Associates

The KTP Associate is employed by the knowledge partner and based within the company to deliver the project. In this session we will hear about how being a KTP associate can help launch a student’s career and we will explore how to identify and recruit suitable associates. Particular attention will be paid to eligibility criteria, recruitment methods, contractual issues, induction and the provision of ongoing training.

Matthew Hague, Executive Director – Product Strategy, Microlise - DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Dr Yanguo Jing, Associate Dean Enterprise and Innovation, Faculty of Business & Law, Coventry University - DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

 

12:10   The impact of Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

In this session we will hear from those who have used KTP’s to tackle strategic projects that deliver tangible business benefits in a range of industry sectors. Particular attention will be paid to how the obstacles associated with establishing and managing the KTP were overcome and how those involved in the partnership have themselves derived value from their involvement.

Dr Judy Zolkiewski, Professor of Marketing & Head of Marketing Subject Area Group, Alliance Manchester Business School - DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

Dr Marie Griffiths, Reader and Director of the Centre for Digital Business, Salford Business School - DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

 

13:00   Lunch

 

 

14:00   Managing the KTP project successfully

Delivering, controlling and managing a KTP so that it successfully fulfils its aims is a challenge and each partner needs to understand their role and responsibilities. In this session we will explore the systems and processes that can be put in place to ensure that the KTP is given the best chance of success.

Dr Iain Reid, Reader in Operations Management, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School - DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

 

14:40   Break

 

15:00   Life beyond the partnership

In this closing session we will explore the ways in which the relationship between the business and the university can remain and deepen once the partnership has concluded.

Jim Willis, Managing Director, Bulb Studios

Dr William Green, Associate Professor in Innovation, Operations and Knowledge Management, School of Business, University of Leicester - DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION

 

15:40   Summary and closing discussion

16:00   Close

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Susan Suttle
Knowledge Transfer Adviser for Liverpool, East Lancashire and Salford, Knowledge Transfer Network

Susan has spent over 14 years supporting academic and industry partners to collaborate on strategic business-led projects, predominantly through KTP, but also across a broader range of activities including consultancy, contract research and collaborative R&D. Susan’s background is in business development, project management and writing collaborative funding proposals; linking companies from across many different industry sectors to academics spanning the breadth of the business, science and engineering disciplines.

Matthew Hague
Executive Director – Product Strategy, Microlise

Matt joined Microlise in 1998 with the responsibility of managing Microlise’s System Integration activities. Matt was subsequently responsible for the creation of Microlise's Telematics & Transport Management solution, with the company now connected through telematics to 500,000 transport & machine assets around the world. Matt now has a more strategic role, responsible for product strategy and development.

Jim Willis
Managing Director, Bulb Studios

Jim Willis is a business leader, with a wealth of experience in launching and scaling startups across a diverse range of sectors from Craft Breweries to Geospatial Tech.

As co-founder and managing director of the award winning (Chartered Institute of Marketing Excellence Awards) digital agency Bulb Studios, he holds notable client relationships with Warner Bros., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Jaguar Land Rover, amongst an array of others.

Jim was a founder of CrowdLab; a tech startup with offices in the UK and US. In 2015 Jim negotiated the sale of CrowdLab to media giant Omnicom Group.

His charitable board roles include: The Inclusion Club; a global charity raising awareness of disability in sport and Pedestrian; an education charity which provides accredited learning to disadvantaged young people.

Jim sits on the International Advisory Board of The University of Leicester’s School of Business and is an ambassador for inward investment for Leicester City council.

Dr Judy Zolkiewski
Professor of Marketing & Head of Marketing Subject Area Group, Alliance Manchester Business School

Dr Judy Zolkiewski is a Professor in Marketing at Alliance Manchester Business School.  Before becoming an academic she worked for 15 years in the industrial controls industry.  Her research interests are focussed on understanding business markets, relationships and networks both in the traditional manufacturing and engineering industries and in the evolving business-to-business services sector with specific focus on relationship and network dynamics, servitization, strategy and technology.  Judy has recently been awarded her 6th KTP project – relating to implementing a digitally enhanced service strategy in a small healthcare company. Her previous KTPs have been related to changes in strategy in both manufacturing and service industries. Her first, with Expert Systems, received an ESRC award for the ‘Best Application of Social or Management Science’ . Her most recent KTP, with IPEC, received a Queen’s Award for Export shortly after completion of the project.

Professor Eleanor Shaw
Senior Vice Dean and Head, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School

Eleanor is an inclusive entrepreneurial leader with more than 25 years’ experience of working with, researching and designing learning interventions that support the start-up, growth and sustainable development of entrepreneurial ventures, including social enterprises. Eleanor is Senior Vice Dean of Strathclyde Business School where she was previously  Executive Director of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship and Vice dean with responsibility for external engagament. In addition to Strathclyde, Eleanor has worked at a number of globally leading universities including positions at  Glasgow University, Durham University, Toulouse Business School, Massey University (New Zealand), University of Arkansas, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico and Montpellier Business School

Eleanor gained her doctorate from the University of Glasgow of the topic of using social networks to support the sustainable growth of entrepreneurial organisations. Since then, she has built an international research reputation for her work on the impact of financial and non-financial capitals in the creation and growth of entrepreneurial ventures, particularly social enterprises. Eleanor designed and led on the UK’s first empirical study of social entrepreneurs and publications resulting from than have been influential in shaping what is known about social entrepreneurs and the organisations which they establish and lead.

Eleanor is an engaged entrepreneurship scholar and in addition to her leadership roles at Strathclyde she provides expert advice to the UK Government’s Scale-UP taskforce Group on Leadership Skills & Access to Talent and to the Scale-Up Institute’s Building Leadership Capacity Group. She is also a Board member of the Chartered Association of Business School Small Business Charter and Santander Universities UK.

Dr William Green
Associate Professor in Innovation, Operations and Knowledge Management, School of Business, University of Leicester

Dr William Green is an Associate Professor of Innovation, Operations and Knowledge Management in the University of Leicester School of Business. He is also Director of Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, working across nine schools to develop REF impact cases in addition to developing long-term, knowledge exchange activities. He researches design and innovation management, human factors, and the role of new technology in the interface between people, technology and their environment. This research has led to recent studies of innovation and technology adoption in the healthcare and consumer research sectors, investigating the impact of new technology on practice. He has been awarded over £1million pounds of funding to support this research from European, national, private and public sector bodies.

Dr Yanguo Jing
Associate Dean Enterprise and Innovation, Faculty of Business & Law, Coventry University

Dr Yanguo Jing is an Associate Dean at Coventry Business School. He has a PhD, a MSc and a 1st class BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. He has over 20 years’ teaching, research and commercial experience. Yanguo is passionate of addressing work force upskilling. He has been instrumental in securing the successful bid for the £40M National Institute of Coding (IoC). which aims to address digital skills shortages in the industry and to create a pipeline of talents of appropriate digital skills from diverse backgrounds. His recent research work focuses on the use of AI in business and health applications.

Who should attend

The workshop is designed for business schools and representatives of small business who want to find out more about the opportunities that are presented by the KTP scheme.

It will also be of value to those who are currently involved in a KTP and want additional advice and to benchmark their progress against best practice.

Venue

The workshop takes place in Room 5.02 & 5.03 on the fifth floor of Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (please see building no. 6 of the MMU campus map).

Manchester Campus, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH.

The Manchester Campus is in the city centre and is well connected by many types of transport. Click here to plan your journey.

Fees and Enquiries

One delegate: £180

Two delegates: £315 - Group Booking Discount, save 25% on the second place

If you have any queries, please contact Oliver Lowe:
Email: oliver.lowe@charteredabs.org
Tel: 020 7634 9581

If you have any questions about this workshop please contact Oliver Lowe.

oliver.lowe@charteredabs.org
020 7634 9581