Research Projects


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The Finland Project

This research project is being carried out for the Finnish Government to examine potential new business opportunities for the country’s wood pulp industry. 

The forest industry is one of the largest sectors of Finland’s economy. It accounts for approximately 20% of the country’s export revenue and in 2013 forest industry production was worth €20.7 billion. The IIMP researchers will explore the commercial opportunities derived from Finnish scientific research into new uses for cellulose, which is produced from wood pulp. Read more.


This research concerns the post-adoption phase of technology in large Healthcare organisations. While a technology may well be formally adopted by an organisation, this does not mean it will be widely used by staff or that it will transform and improve processes and working practices. Read more about the INTHO project.

Benefits realisation in ICTs

This research examines the business case and benefits realisation assumptions underpinning the Athena project for Cambridgeshire Police. Its aim has been to assess the current validity of the original assessment in the context of experience of the system’s development and ‘roll-out’ and shifting priorities in policing focus.


Situating small business regulation: a longitudinal study of how small firms receive, understand and respond to regulation.

This interdisciplinary research responds to research gaps and adopts a longitudinal, multi-method framework to explore how small firms understand and respond over time to different forms of regulation in contrasting sectoral and geographic contexts. The novelty of the research thus lies in its attention to both the spatial and temporal context in which small firms operate and respond to regulation. The situated, contextually sensitive qualitative data produced has complemented existing statistical-based 'snapshot' surveys and was of empirical and theoretical significance to a range of academic audiences and policy makers in regional and national government, small business support organisations, consultant/lobbying bodies, legal organisations and trade unions.

Read more about the REBEL project


Biz4Age aims to improve economic competitiveness by raising awareness of new business opportunities for small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), linked to innovations that contribute to healthy ageing. 

The ultimate aim is to improve quality of life and reduce public expenditure in the 2 Seas area - coastal regions in England, Flanders (Belgium), France and the Netherlands.

Read more about the Biz4Age project

Business Innovation & Skills

External and Private Benefits from Investments in Skills and Training

Principal Investigator: Prof Emanuele Giovannetti, Institute for International Management Practice

Co-Investigator: Prof Claudio Piga, Keele University

The UK Department of Innovation Business and Skills awarded £63,577 to Anglia Ruskin University to prepare a research report on the impact of innovative activities on productivity in the UK.

This project analyses firms' based evidence to assess the impact of firms' R&D, training and advertisement activities on productivity. We found that the key driver for innovations, and productivity, is the firms' investment in R&D activities. The main challenge was to capture the network effects due to a firm's geographic and supply-chain proximity to innovators. We found that innovations are positively affected by R&D spillovers, arising from proximity in production space. The relevance of these effects indicates a clear role for innovation policies: to identify the key sectors, the most central within the supply chain, whereby subsidies and incentives for R&D maximise the wider spillovers effects. Similarly, geographic proximity to innovators helps local productivity, calling for a careful assessment of the geographic distribution of R&D incentives.

The results of the research will be published as a research paper of the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills.

Entrepreneurship in East Asia

Dr Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä's project for the British Academy and the Royal Society aims provide insight into the latent forms of entrepreneurship in East-Asia. By adopting institutional and sense-making approaches, it explores how people in the region construct the cultural images and actions of entrepreneurship. This ongoing project is an important and unique opportunity to study attitudes to business and entrepreneurship. It provides understanding into how entrepreneurial visions and cultural images reflect into entrepreneurial action and is studied, for example, through role play.

The project has been awarded a Newton International Fellowship.


The CURA-B project (acCURAte-Business), recently completed, was a three-year priority 1 EU ERDF PROJECT, part-funded through the Joint Technical Secretariat INTERREG IVA 2 Mers programme to promote entrepreneurship and the development of new cross-border initiatives.

The project aimed to establish best-practice models for the procurement, development and deployment of innovative AT-led service solutions for the social and health care markets.

Read more about the CURA-B project

VIPSE - Valuable, Intangible and Prestigious Service Experiences

Tekes - the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation has awarded competitive funding amounting to 580,000 Euros to Prof Teemu Kautonen (Institute for International Management Practice/CEDAR) and Dr Henri Hakala (University of Vaasa, Finland) for a two-year project on 'Valuable, Intangible and Prestigious Service Experiences' (2012-2014).

The project examines the role and nature of prestige-based experiences in customers' value-creation processes. Prestige refers to socially constructed value that represents an image that is congruent with the values and norms of the customer's associates and/or the social image that the customer wishes to project. A profound understanding of prestige and its determinants could have major implications for strategic management, and provide a viable alternative, or complement, to cost or technology driven strategies.

For more information about this project, please contact Prof Teemu Kautonen:

Senior Entrepreneurship

Within the socio-economic context of population ageing, the promotion of senior entrepreneurship - understood as business start-ups by individuals aged 50-plus - is a prospective policy option to prolong the working lives of ageing people, increase their social inclusion, reduce older-age unemployment and enhance the innovative capacity of the economy by employing the human and social capital of mature individuals through new innovative start-ups. However, the research on senior entrepreneurship is still at a nascent stage, thus lacking coherent research programmes that account for the full empirical heterogeneity of the phenomenon.

This research contributes to the closure of this knowledge gap by developing an inter-disciplinary research agenda to investigate the characteristics, scope, determinants and socio-economic contributions of senior entrepreneurship. The Academy of Finland funds this research with 500,000 Euros over the period 2009-2013. The principal investigator is Prof Teemu Kautonen (Institute for International Management Practice/CEDAR).

For more information about this project, please contact Prof Teemu Kautonen: