CIMR Research in Focus 11: Much to celebrate this Summer term

The CIMR has had much to celebrate in the summer term. Dr Ashok Kumar received the PEWS Wallerstein Memorial Book Award for the highly acclaimed book ‘Monopsony Capitalism: Power and Production in the Twilight of the Sweatshop Age.’ Our colleague Professor Loet Leydesdorff was listed 34th most cited scientist in the social sciences and humanities worldwide. CIMR academic Muthu De Silva has been promoted to Professor and we were delighted to welcome Tomasz Mroczkowski and Martin Meyer as Visiting Professors.

It was a pleasure to meet Tomasz and Martin in person at our hybrid event ‘How to Succeed in Global, Sustainable Innovation’ on 1 June, where a panel of representatives from academia and industry shared insights into how to address future challenges in innovation. As we continue to explore the possibilities posed through hybrid events, it was interesting to consider the role that universities can play in inclusive, hybrid entrepreneurship in our debate chaired by Jacqueline Winstanley FRSA (Universal Inclusion) and David Walsh (King’s College London). Also this term, we have hosted online debates on venture capital industry and entrepreneurial finance and the challenges and benefits of operating to quality standards.

It has been great to see several new books published by colleagues in the CIMR. Drawing on a longstanding area of interest in diversity in entrepreneurship, Beldina Owalla, Tim Vorley and Helen Lawton Smith are editors of ‘Gender, Diversity and Innovation: Concepts Policies and Practice’. The digital innovation race is explored in a new book by Cecilia Rikap and Bengt-Åke Lundvall, while Ron Smith tackles military economics in ‘Defence Acquisition and Procurement’.

New technologies and their potential are explored in our work on mapping the distribution of Internet of Things competencies across European regions, while we consider the specific contribution of students and universities to innovation in our Regional Studies paper and an analysis of self-reflection tools for the entrepreneurial university. We continue to work with practitioners to develop understanding on public policy, having recently explored which mix of policy interventions might work best to support business innovation. As we try and make sense of our complex reality, it is a timely opportunity to revisit the Triple Helix Model (Leydesdorff and Etzkowitz, 1995) with a new approach explored in a special issue. It is particularly gratifying to see the engagement of younger scholars with this issue, paving the way for new critical perspectives.