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The future of productivity:
Is innovation diffusion the answer?

ERC Stakeholder Meetings

The ERC held initial stakeholder meetings  on 16th May to present and discuss the new research projects for 2016.
The event attended by over thirty of our Advisory Panel members was held at the WBS facilities at the Shard.
For more information on the projects, please click the links below:

Project 1: SME-University links and their innovation and productivity benefits

Project 2: Do firms with an aspiration to expand into international markets find finance more difficult to access?

Project 3 – Growth heroes and the wider economy

Project 4: Entrepreneurial ambitions: The role of place versus the role of the entrepreneur

Project 5: Team size and entrepreneurial ambition in the UK

We would be happy to receive any thoughts or comments you may have on the projects and if you would like to be involved with future seminars for these projects,please email us here .

Latest ERC Publications 
(Seeking, Acting on and Appreciating) the Value of Business Advice.
Research paper No 44
Kevin Mole. Warwick Business School

Previous evidence shows that business advice helps businesses and that more advice is generally better. This report reviews the literature on taking business advice by owner-managers to examine the existing knowledge within the business support.

Read the Exec summary here.
Read the full paper here. 

Work organization and innovation in legal services:
analysis from a ‘deep dive’ study
Research paper No 45
Stephen Roper. Warwick Business School / James Love , Warwick Business School / Jane Bourke, University College , Cork 

Despite its potential social and economic benefit, innovation in legal services has to date received little academic attention. This paper explores the strategic, resource and environmental drivers of service and delivery innovation among solicitors, barristers and other legal service providers.

Read the Exec summary here.
Read the full paper here.

Modes of firm growth
 Research Paper No. 46
Neil Lee London School of Economics and Political Science / 
Ross Brown University of St Andrews / Teresa Schlueter London School of Economics and Political Science

There is now a general consensus that high growth firms (HGFs) are economically important, and governments across the world have targeted resources to help firms achieve high growth. Yet while there is a large evidence base on the nature of HGFs, little research considers ‘how’ potential HGFs are trying to grow and ‘what’ is preventing firms from achieving sustained growth (i.e. the barriers firms face to sustain a longer period of rapid growth).
This report aims to better understand the nature of growth processes within high growth firms

Read the Exec summary here
Read the full paper here

 University - SME report

A new report commissioned by HEFCE from the Enterprise Research Centre  and building on earlier work by ERC and HEFCE examining university-business interactions has been published.

This report investigates the population of small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the areas covered by the 39 local enterprise partnerships in England, and estimates the effect on innovation where SMEs are interacting with universities.

UK Innovation Survey User Group.
12 July 1-5pm
 BIS Conference Centre , Victoria Street, London

The UK Innovation Survey User Group launch meeting will be held on 12 July and will coincide with the release of UKIS 2015 to the research community.The aim is to create a community of researchers who can benefit from each other’s experience of using the UKIS and also contribute to the improvement of the data.
At the launch event there will be an opportunity for the presentation of some research papers based on the UKIS data.
If you would be interested in presenting your research please let us know.

If you are interested in attending the event, presenting your research or for further information please contact 
Deadline for registration is Friday June 17th.
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5th Engage HEI Conference
May 19th 2016.

ERC Director Mark Hart delivered the keynote speech “The role of universities in unlocking UK productivity”
View the full presentation here. Read the Unlocking UK Productivity report.

University of Padua. May 3rd 2016.
Professor Jonathan Levie gave a public lecture in the University of Padua's  aula magna on regional innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems..
Read ERC White Paper No1:
Growth and Growth Intentions 

ERC Research Fellow Enrico Vanino attended The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference organised by the Glendonbrook Institute of Enterprise Development, Loughborough University with keynote speech delivered by Professor Mike Wright.
Enrico presented a chapter from his PhD thesis:

"Outsourced R&D and export performance: resource optimization or market-seeking?"


Secondary Analysis of the Longitudinal Small Business Survey (BIS)

Call for Proposals reminder.
Deadline:June 30th  2016.
Click here to download the Call for Proposals document.
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