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The E&I special interest group aims to connect those involved in the research, teaching and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation. The world is changing, and the pace of change is increasing all the time. We need people to behave entrepreneurially so that New Zealand can shape what comes next, shape change, rather than merely reacting to what's already out there. Business research and education can help create opportunities, start new ventures and make new enterprises grow.
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I joined Massey University at the Manawatu campus on July 1, 2014 as a Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Prior to that, I was a member of University of Southampton’s School of Management in 2004, a research-driven ‘Russell Group’ institution, which I joined to undertake campus-wide strategic developments in entrepreneurship and innovation research and teaching. I was Director of the School’s Research Centre for Strategic Innovation, fostering cross-disciplinary research and organizing community-building seminars and innovation festivals. I was on the Steering Group of the University's internationally recognized Web Science Doctoral Training Centre and a member of the University's Digital Economy Research Group.
Before Southampton, I carried out a similar role at Loughborough University Business School (2002-4), focusing on technology entrepreneurship, incorporating best practice from the USA (MIT, NCSU, San Diego). With others at Loughborough, I designed and delivered a 30 credit module that brought together teams of engineers, scientists, technologists and business development staff, to work on developing ‘live’ intellectual property to market. Prior to that, I worked at Humberside/Lincoln Universities, developing postgraduate international programmes in Dubai, Hong Kong and Zambia.
I have a mature research position supported by over 60 peer-reviewed publications on entrepreneurial identity, technology transfer, small business management and the creative industries/digital media. I have strong interests in Pakistan, developed as Lead Investigator for the UK side on British Council’s INSPIRE Strategic Partnership with IMSciences in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which recently held a capstone international research conference, which I co-chaired in Dubai. I have also recently completed an INTERREG-funded project (EU) on the dynamic capabilities of Business Schools in relation to developing strategic perspectives at a time of disruptive change in Higher Education. Earlier in my career, I spent 5 years establishing and running two small businesses, and am currently Non-Exec Director of a thriving Yorkshire company. As well as technology-based firms, I have interests in SMEs generally, social enterprises, creative/arts-based organisations.
I have an extensive network of contacts in UK, US, Europe and Asia through UK-Science Enterprise Challenge, UK-Higher Education Innovation Fund, Southampton’s SETsquared incubator partnership, UK- Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (member), British Academy of Management (member),Chartered Management Institute (Fellow), Sloane Management School (MIT, Graduate of Entrepreneurship Development Programme), North Carolina State University (HiTEC Visiting Scholar), University of San Diego (Visiting Scholar), EMN Normandie (INTERREG partner), University of Porto (Visiting Scholar), IMSciences Peshawar (long term relationship, British Council funded), TUSUR, Tomsk (Visiting Scholar, Tempus funded), Ryerson University, Toronto (Visiting Scholar). I remain closely involved today as a Visiting Scholar at Aberdeen Business School, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen; The Lord Ashburton International Business School at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, and of course, Southampton, where I continue to contribute to PhD supervision teams.
My main research interests are entrepreneurial identity, emerging technologies and early stage concept development, especially digital. I teach across a wide range of innovation and entrepreneurship topics, currently enjoying Scaling and Growth. I also work to develop the local innovation ecosystem, connecting students to local innovation and startup networks.
My research interests in entrepreneurship and innovation fall into three main areas: Key words: qualitative; co-creation; collaboration:
21st Century Citizenship, Resource Development and Management, Design – for Commerce, Community and Culture, Future Food Systems
Field of research codes
Business and Management (150300): Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services (150000): Entrepreneurship (150304): Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Offered in 3 areas:
1a. business plan creation, evaluation and presentation for high technology firms
1b. development of technology product market linkages for strategic marketing
2. use of social media, development of related digital skills
3. change facilitation using soft and critical methodologies
I am a member of the Higher Education Academy in the and have a PGCE obtained in 1995. Since then, I have had 18 years varied experience, undergraduate and postgraduate (MSc and MBA/PX) groups, full-time and part-time, including distance taught programmes in the UK and overseas (Hong Kong, Guernsey, Singapore, Spain, Germany, Oman, Zambia). I have been involved with the production of text-based support materials, typically study guides and primers, for courses both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, acting as both author and editor, at Lincoln/Humberside University, 1996 - 2000. Throughout, I have been able to draw on my detailed experience of the use of technology to support teaching (ITTI project, 1993-5), and was a member of University’s CITE centre for technology in education. I have continued to update my teaching methods and approaches, such as, over the last year, with colleagues, I have pioneered the use of social media within blended online/offline contexts. I am on the team producing Southampton University’s first MOOC in Web Science.
Subjects available at UG or PG/MBA/PX:
Project Title: Cloud Computing in the Agri-food Sector: examining the influence of a disruptive technology on socio-economic outcomes and business effectiveness
Agency: Massey University Strategic Initiatives Funding 2016
Project Title: NZ Collaborative Innovation Network (NZ-CIN)
Agency: NSW Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services (NSW Trade and Investment)
Funding: $AUS 90,500
Project Title: GoBroadband – Coffs Harbour and Northern Rivers Region.
Agency: Deluxe Asia
Funding: $AUS 10,800
Project Title: An investigation of online business models and their application in emerging Asian markets
Agency: Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program Grant
Funding: $AUS 220,000
Project Title: Identifying target markets – Indigenous community directed capacity building.
Agency: Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development
Project: Gill, R. (PI) & Taylor, Z. (2015). Grow North: The innovation district. An assessment of the opportunities and requirements for growing an Auckland North innovation district. Project funded jointly by the Massey University Office of the Vice Chancellor and Auckland Tourism, Events, and Economic Development (ATEED).
Agency: Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga
Funding: $NZ 60,000
Project: Entrepreneurial ecosystem efficacy for indigenous entrepreneurs
Agency: Massey University Research Fund
Funding: $NZ 160,000 (pool total)
Project: Pharmacists, role identity and entrepreneurship
Sustainability in New Zealand: The Challenge for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
International Pacific Union, Palmerston North, October 2015, August 2016
Value creation and digital disruption
Plenary, British Council Entrepreneurship Research Network Workshop, Islamabad 2014
Massey University: Big Issues in Business - Entrepreneurship:
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