The purpose of this practice paper is to examine how the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme has been employed to introduce change and deliver business benefit in…
The purpose of this practice paper is to examine how the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme has been employed to introduce change and deliver business benefit in the construction industry.
The paper begins with an introduction to the KTP scheme and its context within the University of Gloucestershire which serves as an introduction to three case studies, each one covering a 21‐24 month time span. The cases draw their empirical material from the experience of managing the KTPs, interviews, meeting minutes, board papers and final reports.
All three case studies have been successful in the introduction of new thinking or new ways of working in different areas of business. In one case study, a new marketing strategy was developed and implemented; in another, a new consultancy capability has been developed and embedded in the company; and in the third, new information systems were introduced to support corporate growth.
The value of the case studies lies in their originality and the paper highlights the value of the KTP scheme as a catalyst for the introduction of new ideas and initiatives in three different sectors of the construction industry. The paper also illustrates how academics can work productively in a commercial environment with industry partners
Examines trends in the flows of direct investment to the West Midlandsregion of the UK during the 1980s. An analysis of Invest in BritainBureau data reveals two trends of…
Examines trends in the flows of direct investment to the West Midlands region of the UK during the 1980s. An analysis of Invest in Britain Bureau data reveals two trends of particular interest: the marked increase in the WMR′s share of FDI flows to the UK during the 1980s, and the unusually large flows to the region from EC countries. Two surveys on locational factors revealed the attraction of the WMR as being its central position within the UK and its good national, regional and local communications. The effect of those flows to the WMR was to alter the stock position so that, in 1989, 39 per cent of the stock of FOCs originated from other EC countries and 37 per cent from North America. A survey of 111 of these companies revealed a number of differences between the behaviour of FOCs from the EC and North America: in sectors and functions, employment and training, the sourcing of inputs, export markets and R&D activity. Hypothesizes that many of the differences can be explained by the different vintages of the investments. A major policy implication which arises from the analysis is that the full benefits of FDI to a region take time to build up. Moreover, local policy action may be necessary to capture these long‐term benefits.