Developing research collaborations between small business and academia

Creating impact case studies for the REF and small businesses

9:00 - 11:30, 26 January 2021, virtual workshop via Zoom

The interactive, practical programme will explore how business schools can develop research collaborations with small businesses and the benefits that such collaborations can bring to both the university and the small business. By the end of the session participants will have an improved understanding about:

  • The different ways in which business schools can engage small businesses in research collaborations
  • The pathways to impact and creating value
  • How universities can work with external organisations and small business to create economic benefit and value

This workshop is part of the Regional Liaison Network's series of events and is co-hosted by the Small Business Charter and the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences at the University of Derby.

Speakers include:

Professor Kamil Omoteso
PVC and Dean, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby

Dr Mark Gilman
Professor of SME Growth and Development, Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham City University

Professor Marc Cowling
Professor of Business Economics and Head of Research and Innovation, College of Business, Law, and Social Sciences, University of Derby

Professor Carley Foster
Professor of Services Marketing and Head of the Centre for Business Improvement, College of Business, Law, and Social Sciences, University of Derby

9:00    Welcome

Professor Kamil Omoteso, PVC and Dean, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby

9:10   Presentation and Q&A discussion

Dr Mark Gilman, Professor of SME Growth and Development, Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham City University

Additional speaker to be announced

10:10   Break

10:20   Different ways of engaging with small businesses and research

Professor Marc Cowling, Professor of Business Economics and Head of Research and Innovation, College of Business, Law, and Social Sciences, University of Derby

Professor Carley Foster, Professor of Services Marketing and Head of the Centre for Business Improvement, College of Business, Law, and Social Sciences, University of Derby

11:20   Summation

Professor Kamil Omoteso

11:30   Close

Dr Mark Gilman
Professor of SME Growth and Development, Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham City University

Having caught the ‘learning bug’, I transferred from industry to academia qualifying as a mature student in the 1990s. Having spent 18 years working in engineering I found myself completing an economics degree and then a masters and Phd! My thirst for knowledge led me to explore how to apply my industrial and academic experience for the benefit of academic and business communities.

As a trusted and accredited practitioner, I have developed and delivered a range of leadership and executive programmes and networks, coaching, facilitation, action learning and consultancy interventions with individuals and organisations of all shapes and sizes, all with the aim of helping them improve their performance. Examples include Boots plc, Barclays Bank, British Airways and a number of public sector organisation. More recently I have been impacting the growth of over 500 SMEs through research and other interventions for ambitious business owners.

I have, and continue to write extensively on Human Resource Management and SME Growth issues faced by business owners and their organisations. I am a presently  Professor of SME Growth and Development at Birmingham City University; Director of the Centre for Enterprise, Innovation & Growth; and Co-founder and Director of BIG Associates Ltd (A University spin-out).

Professor Marc Cowling
Professor of Business Economics and Head of Research and Innovation, College of Business, Law, and Social Sciences, University of Derby

I am Professor of Business Economics and Head of Research and Innovation in the College of Business, Law, and Social Sciences with responsibilities for facilitating and co-ordinating research activities across the college. A particular point of focus is on nurturing, mentoring, and developing early career staff to allow them to advance along a research track and contribute to the wider knowledge base.

I have a PhD in Business Economics from Warwick Business School and an MSc Economics from London University. Before my appointment at Derby, I was Head of Research at Brighton Business School, having left Exeter where I was Professor and Head of the Department of Management Studies at Exeter Business School. Prior to that, I held the posts of Chief Economist at the Institute for Employment Studies and The Work Foundation. I have also held positions at Warwick Business School, Birmingham Business School (where I was Director of the Research Centre for Industrial Strategy) and London Business School (where I was Deputy Principal Investigator of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor).

I am ranked in the top 8 per cent of economists in the world by citations (H-index). According to Research Publications in Economics (REPEC, May 2019), in the top 2.5 per cent of researchers on ResearchGate (May 2019) and in entrepreneurship I was ranked 23rd in the world over the period 1995-2006 according to “Rankings of the Top Entrepreneurship Researchers and Affiliations”

Professor Carley Foster
Professor of Services Marketing and Head of the Centre for Business Improvement, College of Business, Law, and Social Sciences, University of Derby

I am Professor of Services Marketing and Head of the Centre for Business Improvement. My research, teaching and consultancy focuses on services marketing, particularly in terms of how organisations and customers engage with one another in a 'responsible' way. As Head of the Centre for Business Improvement, I am responsible for leading applied research in the College which relates to three research strands - Enterprise Evaluation and Applied Economics, Sustainable Business and the Green Economy, and Responsible Customer Engagement. I co-lead the Business and Management REF Unit of Assessment and act as Deputy Chair for the Business, Law and Social Sciences College Research Committee. I am a committee member for the British Academy of Management Marketing and Retail Special Interest Group and a Board Member of the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District in Derby.

Professor Kamil Omoteso
PVC and Dean, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby

Kamil began his academic career in 2001 at Lagos State University, Nigeria, after six years of working in different accounting and auditing roles in both public and private sectors. Between 2003 and 2013, he held different academic positions including Principal Lecturer and the Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Accounting at De Montfort University, Leicester. Prior to joining the University of Derby, he was the Head of the School of Economics, Finance and Accounting at Coventry University, where he led a number of strategic initiatives that drove change, growth and reputation.

Professor Omoteso’s professional background provides him with necessary insights into the fields of corporate accountability and governance and the motivation to make a meaningful contribution to these. He is widely published in the fields of Accounting, Auditing, Accountability, Governance and IT.

He serves on the Editorial Board of a number of Journals. He is a member of the Council of Chartered Association of Business School and the Chair of the Centre for African Resources Research and Development.

This workshop is part of the Regional Liaison Network's series of events and is co-hosted by the Small Business Charter and the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences at the University of Derby.

The workshop will be of particular value to organisations (universities, small businesses and business support agencies) operating in the East Midlands. Specifically:

From business schools:

  • Business school leadership teams
  • Research active staff, particularly business & management researchers with a specialisation in small business reserach
  • Business engagement and knowledge exchange staff

 From small business and the wider community:

  • Representatives of small business
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships
  • Business associations
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Economic development teams in Local Authorities
  • Representatives of the Midlands Engine

In order to make Regional Liaison Network events practicable we charge a fee of £30 per person.

For each event we can offer a small number of complementary passes and these will normally be allocated to representatives of small businesses. If you would like to apply for a complementary pass please contact Meenal Datar meenal.datar@charteredabs.org.

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The Regional Liaison Network is comprised of representatives of Small Business Charter Award holding schools.

Launched in November 2020 the primary purpose of the Network is to develop and host a series of events across the UK that facilitate knowledge exchange between SBC schools, and provide opportunities for SBC schools to connect with small businesses and other stakeholders.

Events hosted by the Regional Liaison Network are open to all members of the Chartered ABS and representatives of small businesses. Each event has a strong regional dimension and is designed to reflect the particular needs and areas of interest of local and regional business communities.

Currently there are 18 members of the Regional Liaison Network. Click here for further details.

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