Recent Grant Successes

MINI-CHIP

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Sea transport is a vital component of the world’s economy as the largest carrier of freight around the globe. Marine shipping is responsible for about 3.3% of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. International Maritime Organization in 2009 has set the target for 15% reduction in the maritime emissions by 2018. This requirement calls for further research into minimising carbon footprint of marine shipping through collaboration between industry and academia. The MINI-CHIP project aims to respond to this call in a timely manner. Earlier research on reducing carbon footprint of marine shipping has regarded GHG emissions as an implicit objective surrogated by fuel consumption and cost which could be combined with other items (such as penalty charges). It would be more illuminating for shipping companies to analyse trade-offs in the operational decisions including energy consumption and GHG emissions as explicit decision criteria. Such approach will support informed decision making through assessing the environmental impact of the operational decisions in maritime transport. To the best of our knowledge, no prior research has addressed minimising carbon footprint of marine shipping as an explicit objective alongside service level and cost objectives in a stochastic environment. MINI-CHIP project aims to address this gap by developing mathematical formulations of marine shipping operations as a stochastic optimisation problem to minimise carbon footprint whilst optimising service level and cost. Novel metaheuristic search techniques and simulation models will be developed within a simulation-optimisation framework. The innovative solution techniques will form the core of a decision support tool for industrial applications. The prospective decision support tool will help reducing environmental impact and contributing to economic prosperity of marine shipping in Europe and around the world and contribute to the transition of Europe to low carbon economy.

Project URL:http://www.mini-chip.eu

Contact Email for the project

Please contact Dr Habin Lee at habin.lee@brunel.ac.uk 

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Marie Curie Actions

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Seventh Framework Programme

Seventh Framework Programme

Policy Compass

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The Policy Compass project addresses Objective ICT-2013.5.4 (ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling). The main goal of the project is to develop a research prototype of an easy-to-use, highly visual and intuitive tool for social networks and e-participation platforms, called the Policy Compass, enabling citizens and public officials to easily create, apply, share, embed, annotate and discuss causal models, charts and graphs of historical data from trusted open data sources. The aim is to develop methods and tools that facilitate more factual, evidence-based, transparent and accountable policy evaluation and analysis. The research question we want to address in the Policy Compass project is whether and how open public data, social media, e-participation platforms, fuzzy cognitive maps and argumentation technology can be integrated and applied to provide better tools on the World-Wide Web for constructing, sharing, visualising and debating progress metrics and causal models of policies. The aim is to provide easy-to-use tools for both the lay public, on social networks, as well as professional policy makers, to improve the quality and transparency of the policy analysis and monitoring phases of the policy life-cycle. The Policy Compass will make use of Europe's increasing amount of public sector open and structured data resources to develop and integrate tools for:

• Constructing prosperity and other policy metrics with an easy-to-use visual language for defining variables and functions over open data sources.

• Constructing graphs and charts visualising metrics for selected geographical regions (e.g. cities or countries) and time periods.

• Annotating graphs and charts with political or policy events, such as the election of a new government or reduction of the tax rate.

• Constructing causal models with an easy-to-use visual tool for Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCM). • Sharing and debating prosperity graphs and FCM causal models via widgets for popular social media platforms, such as Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

• Summarising and visualising the debates in argument maps and conducting structured surveys about the policy issues, applying results from the European IMPACT governance and policy-modelling project.

• Aggregating opinions on policy issues, to formulate a common position in a party or interest group, using delegated voting via the eParticipation platform Adhocracy. By integrating these tools into an easy-to-use system, the Policy Compass will make better use of Europe's open public data resources and empower policy-makers and citizens (especially the younger generation) to better assess government policies in the policy analysis and monitoring phases of the policy cycle.

Contact Email for the project


Please contact Dr Habin Lee habin.lee@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor
Seventh Framework Programme

Seventh Framework Programme

European Commission

European Commission

DAREED: Decision support Advisor for innovative business models and user engagement for smart Energy Efficient Districts

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DAREED aims at delivering an ICT service platform (and some specific tools) to foster energy efficiency and low carbon activities at neighbourhood, city and district level. Project results will be validated via pilots in three (3) different countries and contexts, thus granting the possibility to generalise results and ensuring replicability throughout Europe and beyond.

The key success factor for effective energy efficiency initiatives at community level is to involve all the stakeholders who have active role in decision making and provide them the right information at the right time to take informed decisions; to this extent, user engagement through social networks can foster participation and energy consumption awareness. Stakeholders (i.e. citizens, household landlords, public spaces managers and urban planners) need tools and information to understand and assess alternatives to traditional consumptions patterns and inertial behaviours leading to high consumption levels. Energy providers need information and tools to implement business models oriented to energy service proposition oriented to a sustainable consumption model.

There is need to go beyond acting on energy consumptions under direct control to understand ex-ante savings that can be achieved through energy efficiency related measures, management tools, and new services and implement them along with the related cost/benefit ratio. Although regulations about buildings, infrastructures and public spaces are fostering the implementation of important energy efficiency measures, a major driver for the change are the actual economic saving for users obtained from energy efficiency based business models.

The service-oriented approach of the platform will allow easy adoption, overcoming technological, financial and knowledge barriers. The involvement of service providers, especially energy ones, ICT companies and public administrations will facilitate the development of the product and its wide acceptability.

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  • To be announced


Contact Email for the project


Please contact Prof Zahir Irani zahir.irani@brunel.ac.uk Business School Team Members

 


Sponsor
Seventh Framework Programme

Seventh Framework Programme

European Commission

European Commission

 

ACCA / ESRC Business Case for Diversity

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Recently Finished

In today’s business environment, diversity is not a choice but a reality due to the radical transformation of the workforce and consumer base in the last decades and the forecasted demographic pressures due to talent shortages in key industries and ageing population. However, the way diversity is managed is a strategic choice for the firms with significant consequences for business performance at multiple levels. The proposed project aims to identify the business case for diversity management. The proposed project responds to the call by ACCA and the ESRC for generating the required evidence base on the business case for diversity management for organisations to inform and support their diversity policies and practices

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www.accaglobal.com


Contact Email for the project


Please contact Prof Mustafa Ozbilgin mustafa.ozbiglin@brunel.ac.uk

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Acca

ACCA

ESRC

ESRC

A strategy for tolerating forays into the unknown: the role of intra-organisational networks in translating team learning into organisational learning

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Current

Project Outline
This study takes a team-level perspective to explore the processes that influence organisational learning outcomes.  More specifically, I plan to explore how intra-organizational networks of teams learn and coordinate interdependent activities over time. Research will be conducted at British Airways global headquarters. The study will provide new insights into how coherent patterns of team learning in an organization can be created so that intra-organisational networks of teams can learn independently in support of common organisational aims.

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Aida Hajro at Aida.Hajro@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor
British Academy
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New Developments in the Delivery of Occupational Health Services to Small Firms

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Current

Project Outline
The proposed research aims to create a different understanding of occupational health (OH) by investigating the new multi-channel "The Health for Work Adviceline” (telephone help-line/advice on-line) set up to support small medium sized entreprises (SMEs). The need to provide alternative ways of delivery of OH services across small businesses is important for two main reasons. First, the most common barrier to employers investing in the health and well-being of their employees is the lack of appropriate information advice. Second, managers in small business do not invest in occupational health service because they cannot see a convincing business case. This study seeks to examine the effectiveness of this service in meeting the needs of SMEs, so that improvements can be made. This is vital, since a better OH delivery could improve sickness absence management and other aspects of health at work.

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Raffaella Valsecchi at Raffaella.Valsecchi@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor
British Academy
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Enhancing Doctoral Supervision and Quality

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Current

Project Outline
Brunel Business School (BBS) at Brunel University and the Department of Management Studies at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore are research intensive departments and play a vital role in the UK and Indian Higher Education, Research and Enterprise environments. This collaboration will allow a formalisation of the ad hoc arrangements to building of new relationships in particular the opportunity to review individual processes and quality experiences of doctoral research and PhD students. This will involve considering the nature and extent of supervisor training and the enhancement systems in place to ensure thesis standards and completions.

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Prof. Ray Hackney at Ray.Hackney@brunel.ac.uk

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UKIERI
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Patent use, Technology Licensing and IP management in UK firms

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Project Outline
This joint project with the Intellectual Propert Office (IPO) and Prof. Ashish Arora, Duke University will gather evidence on the role of patent protection in the UK economy - particularly the use of patents by firms and the strategies being used by firms to manage their IP and circumvent the problems caused by overlapping patent rights or ‘patent thickets’. The team will bring new academic thinking on these issues  through a small-scale (US and UK) survey project where the user community is involved in generating and gathering the data needed. By doing this the team will be able to plug important evidentiary gaps about the recourse to patenting by innovative firms and also the use of patents though licensing and cross-licensing in the economy. In addition, a detailed survey of UK IP management practices based on similar surveys conducted in the US will enable a deeper understanding of the patent thicket question as well as the measures UK firms are taking to gain 'freedom to operate'. The team expects that this understanding and analysis of IP management practices will be a valuable input in IPOs training programmes, will raise awareness in small and medium firms and will also inform IP policy in the UK.

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Prof. Suma Athreye at Suma.Athreye@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor

ESRC
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SMPs' role in the internationalisation efforts of UK SMEs

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Current

Project Outline
The project will investigate the internationalisation advisory services that Small and Medium-sized Accountancy Practices (SMPs) provide to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and how these advisory services equip SMEs with the adequate knowledge to assist their engagement in international expansion. Brunel University’s academic researchers will collaborate with The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) on this ISBE project (sponsored by Barclays, ESRC and National Council Graduate Entrepreneurship).

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Dr. Cristina Stoian at Cristina.Stoian@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor

ISBE
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ESRC
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Barclay's Bank
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BIOPOOL: Services associated to digitalised contents of tissues in biobanks across Europe

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Project Outline
The main objective of the project is to build and to provide access to a linked pool of digital data managed by biobanks (comprised by histological digital images of the biologic material and the data associated to these images), demonstrating to its end users (the health community) the potential and the possibilities of this data pool for medical research, diagnosis and educational activities. BIOPOOL will establish a complete intelligent biobank network, being a basis for cooperation in diagnosis and medical research. In the mid-term, this project will be the first step towards finding ways to improve the diagnostic processes and research facilities. Another important benefit will be the creation of a training basis for studying clinical cases over microscopic image diagnosis which can be extended to the field of education.

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Dr. Francesco Moscone at Francesco.Moscone@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor

Seventh Framework Programme
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European Commission
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SHEQuIP - Sudan Higher Education Quality Improvement Project

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Current

Project Outline
This two year project is in collaboration with the School of Management Studies (SMS), University of Khartoum. The aim is to develop a rigorous programme for quality improvement at SMS with knowledge transfer and support from Brunel Business School (using the MBA programme as a demonstration vehicle) to improve curriculum development processes; teaching methods; research and industrial/executive education. The project outcomes will directly lead to improved quality of the MBA programme at SMS and will further establish their quality framework. The collaboration between the two academic teams will go beyond the project and will lead to joint publications and other funded programmes.

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Dr Wafi Al-Karaghouli at Wafi Al-Karaghouli@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor

The British Council Sudan
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Daiwa Foundation sponsored project with Tokyo University

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Recently Finished

Project Outline
This award will support research collaboration between Dr. Gabriella Spinelli and Tokyo University. The research will investigate how technology is used, rejected and adjusted to fit with the everyday life of the ageing users. Particular attention will be dedicated to the coping strategies used by elderly users with different cultural background when dealing with technologies. Coping strategies represent important starting point to foster innovation and inform inclusive designed artefacts.

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Dr. Gabriella Spinelli at Gabriella.Spinelli@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor

Daiwa Foundation
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Innovation at work: Psychological well-being, processes and outcomes

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Current

Project Outline
The International Collaborative Research Network (ICRN) will initially run for a 24-month period and will investigate creativity and innovation in the workplace and their effects upon performance, human resource management policies, and psychological well-being across three countries in the EU – the UK, the Netherlands, and Spain. Collaborating groups will be based at Maastricht University and the University of Valencia. This Centre has been fully-funded by the Leverhulme Trust and will examine both the positive and negative causes, effects, and outcomes of workplace innovation attempts. A particular emphasis of this Centre will be to further our understanding of the relations between creativity and innovation in job roles and different aspects of psychological well-being for employees, and the way in which these processes can best be managed in order to improve workgroup and organizational performance outcomes.

Websites (Project/Funding Source/Any other)

Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Prof. Neil Anderson at Neil.Anderson@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor

The Leverhulme Trust 
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LiveCity - Live Video-to-Video Supporting Interactive City Infrastructure

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Current

Project Outline
The aim of LiveCity is to empower the citizens of a city to interact with each other in a more productive, efficient and socially useful way by using high quality Video-to-Video over the internet. Video-to-video can be used to save patients lives, improve city administration, reduce fuel costs, reduce carbon footprint, enhance education and improve city experiences for tourists and cultural consumers.

Websites (Project/Funding Source/Any other)

Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Prof. Zahir Irani at Zahir.Irani@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor

CIP
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European Commission
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OASIS - Openly Accessible Services and Interacting Society

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Current

Project Outline
The project will facilitate access to information, public services and economic promotion by grouping online services in a unified portal following a user-centered logic. Federating services in a unique environment will enable public administrations to make better use of customer and businesses information and adapt public services (e-services) so they more often meet the needs of people and businesses.

Websites (Project/Funding Source/Any other)

Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Prof. Zahir Irani at Zahir.Irani@brunel.ac.uk

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CIP
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European Commission
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Preparing Graduates for Business Life

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Current

Project Outline
The project will enable the UK and Indian institutions to work together to share good practices that will enhance the experiences of students in all the institutions. The project’s outputs will inform employability practices in each institution.

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Prof. Ashley Braganza at Ashley.Braganza@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor

UKIERI
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Developing Management Training Materials for SMEs

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Current

Project Outline
The aim of project is to support the growth of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), initially in Tamil Nadu but ultimately throughout India, by the development and delivery of business and management training materials that focus on enhancing key key management skills and capacities deemed necessary for these enterprises to compete effectively both at home and abroad.

Websites (Project/Funding Source/Any other)

Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Prof. Keith Dickson at Keith.Dickson@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor

UKIERI
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Improving Pedagogic And Academic Leadership

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Recently Finished

Project Outline
This exchange grant will allow Prof. Ashley Braganza to visit and work with an Indian institute to help them develop and change their teaching materials and improve academic capabilities.

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Prof. Ashley Braganza at Ashley.Braganza@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor

UKIERI
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White working class men doing 'dirty work': choices, experiences, identities

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Recently Finished

Project Outline
The study focuses on the experiences of indigenous white
working class men in two occupational groups: street cleaners and security guards. It uses a unique qualitative methodology to explore their occupational journeys, the meanings they give to their work, the challenges faced and how they manage identity. The project captures the group that has eluded systematic analysis. It is thereby positioned to further our understanding of this specific context and to have an impact beyond the immediate focus of the study.

Websites (Project/Funding Source/Any other)

Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Dr. Natasha Slutskaya at Natasha.Slutskaya@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor
British Academy
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eGovPoliNet

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Current

Project Outline
eGovPoliNet is an initiative supported by the European Commission that aims to establish an International Policy Community which deals with ICT solutions for Governance and Policy Modelling. 18 partners from 16 countries both within and outside of the EU are working together to share ideas, experiences and practices in the field. eGovPoliNet focuses on generating interaction amongst experts from various scientific disciplines and practitioner groups in order to provide evidence and insight into the development of new methods of Governance and Policy Modelling for those involved in the policymaking process.

Websites (Project/Funding Source/Any other)

Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Dr. Vishanth Weerakkody at Vishanth.Weerakkody@brunel.ac.uk

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Selecting for innovation: Individual characteristics and innovation in the workplace

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Current

Project Outline
The main aim of this project is to examine the relationships between personality characteristics and cognitive abilities, respectively, and innovative behaviours at work. A matched study on nurses in England and Spain is being carried out to examine the role of individualism/ collectivism in these relationships. Whereas the UK has a strong individualistic component, Spain was found to be one of the most collectivistic European countries. Although the primary task of the nursing population is caring for patients, they also implement innovations in their daily work for different reasons, for instance to manage more effectively their high workload and improve their services in the community.

Websites (Project/Funding Source/Any other)

Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Dr. Kristina Potocnik at Kristina.Potocnik@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor
British Academy
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Value of the financial statements of small entities to lenders and creditors

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Started 1 Sept 2011

Project Outline
The study investigates the value of the financial statements of small non-publicly accountable companies and unincorporated small and micro-entities to creditor groups and intermediaries in the UK, Finland, South Aftica, Thailand and the USA in the context of globalisation and different reporting requirements in different jurisdictions

Websites (Project/Funding Source/Any other)

Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Dr. Jill Collis at jill.collis@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (AACA)
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The Value of Small Company abbreviated Accounts

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Report published June 2011

Project Outline
The study draws on empirical data from the preparers of the financial statements of small companies and a wide range of users (including small, medium-sized and large companies, accountants in practice, banks, credit rating agencies and credit insurers) using online and postal surveys, and face-to-face and telephone interviews. 

Websites (Project/Funding Source/Any other)

Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Dr. Jill Collis at jill.collis@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor
The Scottish Accountancy Trust for Education and Research (SATER)
 
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Aligning Operations Strategy

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Recently Finished

Project Outline
The project is designed to align the operations mission with the operations strategy of a rapidly growing recruitment company. This involves mapping current operations strategy metrics and the development of a robust and comprehensive strategy positioning plan. Dr. Des Doran and Dr. Tillal Eldabi will conduct a number of mapping activities to ensure that current operations are adjusted to reflect the future aspirations of the company.

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Dr. Des Doran at Des.Doran@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor
South East England Development Agency
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Integrated Model for Evaluating Egovernment Services Transformation (I-MEET)

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Current

Project Outline
The project aims to develop an integrated eGovernment (EG) services evaluation framework considering perspective of citizens and service providers. I-MEET brings together Brunel University, American University of Beirut, and Qatar University. It is based on the integration of concepts in value chain management of services and business process transformation to optimise the system-wide value chain satisfaction for both providers and users versus the disintegrated approach where each stakeholder optimises its derived value of EGs at the expense of others.

Websites (Project/Funding Source/Any other)

Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Prof. Zahir Irani at Zahir.Irani@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor
Qatar National Research Foundation
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Strategic design: Business Innovation through Inclusivity

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Current

Project Outline
With longer life expectancy, companies and organisations have become increasingly interested in this market segment, though very little research is currently available to differentiate the heterogeneous composition of this group and to understand their lifestyle and requirements. The research interweaves three streams of work, usability and design, market research and ICT to capture the diverse products and service needs elderly people have in later life, and the interaction modalities that better suit their lifestyle and choices.

Websites (Project/Funding Source/Any other)

Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Dr. Gabriella Spinelli at Gabriella.Spinelli@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor

Technology Strategy Board
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ESRC
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Age UK
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Transfer In: SMEs - factors to consider when determining policy and requirements

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Recently Finished

Project Outline
IFAC Policy Position Paper No 3 International Standard-Setting in the Public Interest (2008) notes that in recent years there has been a significant shift at national level from essentially self-regulatory arrangements where policy, regulation and standards for financial reporting and assurance are controlled by experts, to independent regulation. Policy, regulation and standards for financial reporting and assurance are now often in the hands of independent non-experts, who may seek guidance in fulfilling their responsibilities. This paper is a response by IFAC to calls for assistance by some such independent non-experts for guidance on factors to be taken into account when determining policy and requirements for financial reporting and assurance.

Websites (Project/Funding Source/Any other)

Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Dr. Jill Collis at Jill.Collis@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor
International Federation of Accountants (IFAC)
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Travel grant - Humanitarian Supply Chain Management: Towards a Framework for Disaster Relief in Iran

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Recently Finished

Project Outline
Natural disasters, specifically earthquakes are common in Iran. Over the past decades, the country has suffered from disastrous earthquakes including: Manjil-Rudbar earthquake in 1990 that killed 40,000 people and Bam earthquake in 2003 with 26,000 fatalities. In addition to earthquakes, Iran is subject to flood and drought with massive social and economic consequences. This visiting scholarship is planned as part of long term collaboration between Brunel University and the University of Tehran in the area of Humanitarian Supply Chain Management focusing on logistics issues for disaster relief in Iran. The project objectives include: scope planning and literature review to identify the gap in humanitarian supply chain management in Iran; exchange of ideas with other researchers as well as relief organisations in the UK; dissemination of initial results through a seminar; and developing a framework for follow-up research collaborations between the visiting scholar and the host.

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Dr. Afshin Mansouri at Afshin.Mansouri@brunel.ac.uk

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ESRC
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Intellectual Property Rights and Returns to Technology Investment

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Recently Finished

Project Outline
The project will shed light on the value of patent protection for UK innovators as distinct from the value of R&D or innovation itself. Prof. Suma Athreye will work jointly with Prof. Ashish Arora (Prof. of Strategy, Duke University) to estimate the varying level of the patent premium for different industries. This will help policy makers to identify which industries are patent intensive and also to understand the market conditions that affect the incentives to patent. The IPO contract builds upon Prof. Athreye’s work under the FP7 programme on International trade in technology services from the UK.

Websites (Project/Funding Source/Any other)

Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Prof. Suma Athreye at Suma.Athreye@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor
Intellectual Property Office
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Emotional Entrepreneurs: An Exploratory Study of Small-Scale Theatre Company Founders

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Finished Sept 2010

Project Outline
The pilot project investigated the motivations, aspirations and behaviour of founders of small scale, independent theatre companies (SSTCs), via an analysis of personal narratives from these creative entrepreneurs trying to establish new SSTCs, in order to develop insights into connections between emotion, creativity and entrepreneurial identity.

Websites (Project/Funding Source/Any other)

Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Prof. Keith Dickson at Keith.Dickson@brunel.ac.uk

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ISBE's RAKE Fund
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(Institute for Small Business and Enterprise's Research and Knowledge Exchange Fund)
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ESRC
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Barclay's Bank
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Ubiquitous Participation Platform for Policy Making Processes (UbiPOL)

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Current

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UbiPOL is funded by EU FP7 ICT and aims to develop location based citizen participation tool that allows ubiquitous citizen participation in policy making processes. Brunel Business School is leading the collaboration with eight partners in EU member states and associate countries. The two main components of the project are mobile components which run on mobile devices and the back-end components which are used by policy makers in local and central government agencies.

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Prof. Zahir Irani at Zahir.Irani@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor
Seventh Framework Programme
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Statistical Modelling of Interdependence in Economics

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Recently Finished

Project Outline
This project focuses on statistical methods for the representation and measurement of interdependence among economic agents. The project will contribute to the development of these techniques and their use in applied problems. In the last few years, there has been a growing literature both empirical and theoretical on the role of interdependence among agents in determining economic outcomes. The project contributes to this literature by developing new methods to measure and disentangle local interaction among statistical units from their reaction to common unobservable shocks. Monte Carlo experiments are employed to investigate the small sample properties of the proposed estimators and tests. Two empirical exercises in the field of health economics and housing market illustrate how these methods work in practise.

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Dr. Francesco Moscone at Francesco.Moscone@brunel.ac.uk

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ESRC
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Citizen oriented Evaluation of E-Government Services: A Reference Process Model (CEES)

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Current

Project Outline
CEES project is funded by EU FP7 IAPP Marie Curie action to support knowledge exchange between industry and academia. The project aims to develop citizen oriented eGovernment services evaluation framework and sees collaboration between two academic partners, Brunel University and American University of Beirut and one industrial partner, Turksat based in Turkey. The key mechanisms for knowledge exchange among the partners are secondments, recruitments and networking events.

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Contact Email for the Project
Please contact Prof. Zahir Irani at Zahir.Irani@brunel.ac.uk

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Sponsor
Marie Curie Actions
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Seventh Framework Programme
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The Changing Nature of Internationalisation of Innovation in Europe (GLOBIN)

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Project Outline
This project will conduct new research on the propensity of firms in the UK to license their technology and services to firms abroad and the effect of such external technology purchases on the innovativeness of UK firms. In conducting this research, Prof. Suma Athreye will work closely with the Office of National Statistics, and an international team comprising Dr. Pari Patel (Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex), Prof. Luc Soete and Prof. Geert Duysters (UNU-MERIT, Maastricht), Prof. Alfonso Gambardella and Dr. Grid Thoma (University of Bocconi, Milan), Prof. Jan Fagerberg and Dr. Martin Schrolec (University of Oslo, Norway) and Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan, (Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India). This research is part of a larger study on the ‘Internationalisation of Innovation in Europe and its consequences for firms and implications for innovation policy in Europe’.

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Please contact Prof. Suma Athreye at Suma.Athreye@brunel.ac.uk

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European Commission
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Network for eGovernment Integration and Systems Evaluation (eGISE) – A Global Uncertainties accredited research award

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Project Outline
E-government has rapidly become a political imperative at local, national and international level. With the growth of the Internet and public access to information, government agencies at all levels rushed to publish strategies in the mid-1990s that created a muddle of information and policy with no clearly defined audience. At present evaluation is mainly volumetric or case study coverage with only vague notions of benefit to the citizen. To make adoption more successful, there is a need to better understand the issues surrounding eGovernment, in particular gaining a clearer insight into the barriers, benefit realisations, risk management or mitigation and cost management, which together provide decision makers with a realistic insight into eGovernment infrastructure planning. The purpose of the eGISE network is to promote national debate and highlight research strategies to increase understanding of eGovernment, and the processes involved in evaluating decisions surrounding human, organisational and technical components of Information Society Technologies (IST). In particular, the network will explore IST strategies and their embedded mechanisms for evaluation and integration within government and the service or public sector.

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Please contact Prof. Zahir Irani at Zahir.Irani@brunel.ac.uk

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Global Uncertainties
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SI-DRIVE. Social Innovation: Driving Force of Social Change

Services that were traditionally delivered by the state or public sector are now increasingly becoming difficult for governments to afford due to economic as well as socio-political challenges faced by society. In this environment, social innovation plays an important role as it encourages civil society, NGOs and business communities to work together to find cost-effective solutions to local as well as national and regional problems faced by society in terms of policies and services that impact the day to day lives of people.

The SI-DRIVE Research Project focuses on promoting social innovation as a driving force for social change. The project will investigate the empowerment of citizens and communities to engage in Social Innovation in seven policy areas across Europe aimed at working towards Europe 2020 targets on sustainable development. To do so, SI-DRIVE will undertake future-oriented policy-driven research by analysing barriers and drivers for Social Innovation and developing tools and instruments for policy interventions.

Through this project, Brunel University researchers aim to help local communities understand and engage in citizen driven solutions to local and national problems facing our modern society. Compared to traditional public sector facilitated services and solutions to problems; SI-DRIVE takes a bottom up approach to designing and implementing solutions to real problems faced by communities. The project extends knowledge about social innovation (SI) in three major directions:

  • Integrating theories and research methodologies to advance understanding of SI leading to a comprehensive new paradigm of innovation.
  • Undertaking European and global mapping of SI, thereby addressing different social, economic, cultural, historical and religious contexts in eight major world regions.
  • Ensuring relevance for policy makers and practitioners through in-depth analyses and case studies in seven policy fields, with cross European and world region comparisons, foresight and policy round tables.

The project involves 15 partners from 12 EU Member States and 10 from other parts of the world.

The project will contribute to the establishment and communication of a coherent theory, methodologies, skills and tools enabling the identification, creation, testing, implementation and sustainability of social innovations. Based on a better understanding of the features and characteristics of Social Innovation, SI-DRIVE will demonstrate its capacity to support reciprocal empowerment and to change society.

How SI-DRIVE will influence Policy Change

The project will examine exemplary cases of Social Innovation across Seven major policy areas: (1) education, (2) employment, (3) environment and climate change, (4) energy, (5) transport and mobility, (6) health and social care, and (7) poverty reduction. Research in these policy areas will be carried out for all EU Member states, supplemented by regional trend studies including major world regions: (1) Russia,(2) North America, (3) South America, (4) Australia/New Zealand, (5) Asia, (6) South Africa, (7) Middle East, (8), Near East. Results of this will be used to identify the criteria and characteristics that can help facilitate transferability and sustainability of Social Innovation initiatives across the policy areas. To do so, cross-cutting themes (related to the Europe 2020 Strategy and Flagship Initiatives) will be addressed in each policy area and region: Financial resources, ICT and social media, social entrepreneurship and the social economy, gender, equality and diversity, governance, innovation networks, demographic change and migration etc.

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Please contact vishanth.weerakkody@brunel.ac.uk

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Exploratory Study ICT-enabled innovation in social services in the EU

The objective of this study is to conduct research to review the state of the art in the domain of ICT-enabled innovation in Social Services in the EU, reviewing relevant literature and theoretical approaches, as well as collecting and documenting good practices across the EU, and studying in depth how ICT-based social innovation is being implemented in different welfare systems. A specific focus of the study will be to link the analysis to relevant policy objectives set out in the Social investment Package (SIP), and in particular activities aiming at the following seven specific objectives:

  • integrating approaches to services provision ensuring better coordination among relevant stakeholders
  • increasing cost-effectiveness of social services
  • promoting better access and quality of social services
  • simplifying delivery of social services through public sector reform and modernization of governance structures and innovating delivery models
  • ensuring return on investment and identifying a typology of areas of impacts of services provided
  • enabling a better match with evolving job profiles and related skills required within the social service delivery including opportunities for new jobs and skills needed
  • analysing the role of policy in social service reform

In addressing the above, a specific emphasis of the study will be on the role played by various stakeholders and social service intermediaries, from the public, private and third sectors, so to better understand the nature of ICT-enabled innovation in support of social policies, its drivers and barriers, determinants, and diffusion paths. Moreover, it will be important to identify methodological approaches used to measure the direct and indirect socio-economic effects so to provide evidence of return on investment and typology of areas of impacts in support of policy formulation and implementation.

To achieve the above, the study will map and identify promising cases of applications of ICT-enabled innovation in Social Services in a selected number of EU countries representating different welfare systems, and will select and analyse a number of in depth good practice cases. The analysis of case studies will be undertaken in order to contribute to deepen the knowledge of how different ICT-enabled innovation in social services works and which are the main drivers and barriers, as well as evaluating lessons learned and gathering evidence on impacts from their implementation. The results of the study will also be designed to enable conclusions on the policy implications at EU level of ICT-enabled innovation for social service reform to be prepared.

Contact Email for the project

Please contact vishanth.weerakkody@brunel.ac.uk

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