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Current research

The Structure and Development of the Role of Independent Editors

There has been a rise in the number of independent editors in the economy. This project led by Dr Alison Baverstock (with Professor Robert Blackburn and Dr Marfuga Iskandarova), seeks to explore the motivations, working patterns and experiences of independent editors. The study involves a survey of editors and interviews with those in the publishing industry. The research will be of interest to analysts of micro enterprises and of use to those in the editorial and publishing industry.


Business and network of enterprising women

This study looks at the impact of women entrepreneurship on the economic, social and cultural local development. It is part of the European project 'Business and network of enterprising women' (B.NEW) which aims at promoting women entrepreneurship in French and English areas around the English Channel. The purpose of the study is to define an indicator to determine the impact of women entrepreneurship on the development and activity of French and English territories and to analyse support policies for women entrepreneurship.

Cost of the Cumulative Effects of Compliance with EU Law for SMEs

We are currently working with the Centre for Strategy and Evaluation Services on this European Commission-funded study. Our role in the study is to provide a review of the research literature and methodological approaches prior to the rollout of the fieldwork stage. The study will investigate the cumulative effects generated by compliance with EU legislation and its national implementation on SMEs in 5 sectors in 9 countries.


ADSET is a collaboration with Anne-Marie Coles and Athena Piterou of University of Greenwich on a study of innovation and projects relating to the installation of renewable energy technologies in the South-East of London. The team is identifying renewable energy projects and technologies; and the network, institutional and managerial factors affecting their conduct and performance.

Employment regulation, business behaviour and perceptions

Funded by BIS, this project has been undertaken in collaboration with TNS-BMBR, to combine two distinct qualitative studies. One investigates employer perceptions of the impact of employment regulation on employment practices, including the recruitment, management and removal of employees. The second examines employer experiences of managing maternity and paternity rights, and employee rights to request flexible working, and considers their likely responses to the proposed introduction of Flexible Parental Leave and the proposed changes to the Right to Request Flexible Working.

The Russian Federation: A country review

This project involves Professor David Smallbone  working as part of a team of four undertaking an OECD review  of entrepreneurship and SME development in the Russian Federation .  Although the  aims and  methodology are similar to the  study of Mexico, the nature of the Russian context presents particular challenges for the researchers . Once again David's responsibility is for  SME trends and performance and an assessment of where Russia has reached with  respect  to the framework conditions for entrepreneurship  and  SME development.  OECD  plan to publish  the  report in late 2013.

The development of a measure of the innovative characteristics of young people
In 2007, NESTA commissioned Professor Chell and her team (Rosemary Athayde and Andrew Greenman) to carry out work to identify the innovative characteristics of young people and develop a measure of these characteristics. The conceptual basis of this work drew from the research for her book – Elizabeth Chell (2008) ‘The Entrepreneurial Personality – a social construction’, Routledge/The Psychology Press. The method has in part drawn on Rosemary’s doctoral work. For further detail of this work, please see the NESTA website.

The project team continued to test the Tool further, and to establish norms by age of student (ages 14-19 years). Professor Chell has now worked with a software company, Lightbox, to produce a web-based version of the Tool. This can be found at: My Future NESTA. Students completing the web-bases questionnaire can receive a report of their innovation characteristics profile by clicking on 'report' at the end of the survey instrument. The profile is accompanied by guidance notes for personal development purposes. We are currently licensing the Tool to suitable providers. The resource is free to use.

The idea behind Kingston’s Audio-visual Entrepreneurship Resources and Network (KAVERN) project – funded through a donation from YTL corporation - is to build up a bank of evidence of the activities of entrepreneurs and to help audiences learn about the challenges with which entrepreneurs, and would-be entrepreneurs, have to contend – and how these differ according to their background and the sector in which they operate. The first stage of the Kavern project documenting the secrets of entrepreneurs’ success involves interviews with entrepreneurs about their motivations, aspirations and achievements KAVERN will make these and other such interviews available to Kingston students, lecturers, researchers, and careers/enterprise support staff. They will also provide data for research on the aforementioned themes. The second stage of the project aims to develop face-to-face and electronic networks to enable entrepreneurs’ personal, professional and business development. Professor Audley Genus leads this project.

New Deal for Innovation
This project is funded by a grant from ERDF via the EU Interreg Iva France – England programme (awarded to Professor Genus and colleagues at University of Greenwich and others in an Anglo-French consortium comprising seven partners). The total budget is over 3 million Euros.

The project addresses what kinds of innovative activities SMEs are engaged in, what processes of innovation are involved, and what kinds of support tools and approaches are needed to enable innovation in SMEs. More specifically, the NDI project seeks to:

  1. Develop diagnostic tools to evaluate the needs and potential of SMEs, and a toolkit with which to support SME innovation.
  2. Help small businesses develop the “absorptive capacity” to benefit from collaboration while at the same time building on the benefits of existing small business expertise.
  3. Evaluate the potential of mentoring schemes and SME-university collaboration in achieving knowledge transfer to small businesses.
  4. Consider how businesses can build beneficial contacts with potential partners (other SMEs or larger firms, business support organisations and research/training institutes).
  5. Identify what roles that university and other organisations should have in the delivery of support for SME innovation; in particular, to distinguish between the roles of general business support organisations and sector specific agencies.

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