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Dr Allen Alexander

Dr Allen Alexander

Senior Lecturer in Innovation

+44 (0) 1326 254456


University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE

Allen is a senior researcher, investigating the role that innovation and knowledge-based capabilities play in enabling a transition toward the Circular Economy (CE), in particular focussing on Circular Acceleration.  At product/service level this considers Circular Innovations; at firm-level Circular Business Models and at regional, national or societal-level, how CE principles contribute to socio-economic transition theories.  His prior engineering career provides him with unique skills and has enabled him to team up and research alongside colleagues in the Marine & Maritime Renewable Technologies, Transport & Mobility and Construction.  As Principal Investigator he holds a number of UKRI and European-funded research grants, leads a team of CE researchers based on the Penryn Campus, and is an active member of a number of high-profile academic networks focusing on innovation.

Awarded the Global Innovation Fellowship 2019-2021 by the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM); is part of the BEIS Project Review Group; reviews for the UKRI - BBSRC, NERC & Innovate UK programmes and has held various appointments for EU Horizon 2020 and European Institute of Innovation & Technology.  He was also selected as a Peter Pribilla-Siftung Foundation Innovation Fellow at the Technical University of Munich and a visiting Research Fellow of the Centre for Leading Innovation & Co-operation at HHL Graduate School of Management, Germany.

Allen released his latest book in 2020, The Radical Innovation Playbook and is published extensively in world-leading and world-class, peer-reviewed research journals.  He is also a Member of the Association for Project Management, Member of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

 

 

Nationality: British

 

Qualifications

  • MSc in Engineering Management
  • PhD in Engineering

Research interests

  • Circular Economy
  • Circular Innovation & Acceleration
  • Innovation Assesment and Audit
  • Continuing Entrepreneurship

In a transition to a Circular Economy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship will have a key role to play.  Firm- level business models will need development and acceleration, societal governance and policy will need to create windows of opportunity and importantly radical innovations will be needed to secure a timely progression.

Grounded on the principles of Strategic Knowledge Management, where knowledge is a key resource of the firm, extensive empirical work suggests effective management and leverage of both internal knowledge and “brought-in” knowledge can lead to enhanced competitive advantage and enable transitions to CE accordingly.

It is this axis that Allen is interested in, whether knowledge comes from a University or Private Research Organisation or is generated through inter-firm linkages, if managed correctly, this knowledge, can be an important source of innovation.

 

Research projects

Award Type & Role

Title & Total Award Value

Dates

 

   

EU Grant

Co-I

WEFO – Lightweight Electric & Hydrogen Transport Systems

£2.8M partnered with Swansea University & Riversimple  

January 2021

July 2023

 

   

EU Grant

PI

Higher Level Skills for Smart Specialisation

£1.8M across 5 Partners in SW region – Led by Exeter

November 2020

July 2023

 

   

EU Grant

Co-I

EUROSWAC – Seawater Air Conditioning

€1.9M Interreg collaborating with CEMPS and 6 EU Partners

October 2020

July 2023

 

   

UKRI

Co-I

Circular Economy Network+ Feasibility Study

£20k partnered with Warwick Manufacturing Group

July 2020

January 2021

 

   

EU Grant

PI

Future Focus II (Circular Economy, Innovation & Leadership)

£3.5M across 5 Partners in SW region

January 2020

December 2022

 

   

EU Grant

Co-I

FanBEST – Blue Economy Knowledge Exploitation

£1.8M Interreg collaborating with CEMPS & 8 EU Partners

January 2019

December 2021

 

   

EU Grant

Co-I

Marine-I – Research-led Masterclass on Innovation

£20 000 to develop a 3 day masterclass to Cornish SMEs

December 2018

June 2019

 

   

UKRI

PI

Innovation Acceleration Account – Knowledge Exchange

£20 000 with Cornwall Marine Networks and County Council

January 2017

June 2017

 

   

Seedcorn Fund

PI

Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the UK’s Peripheral Regions

£10 000 to join a UK-wide study inc. N.Irl & Scottish Boarders

March 2015 September 2015

 

   

EU Grant

PI

GENIE – Growth & Entrepreneurs Network in the Channel Area

€1.2M with 13 partners in the UK and Northern Europe

September 2013 March 2015

 

   

EU Grant

PI

BENEFITS – Exploring Corporate Innovation Mgmt. Capability

€1.8M with 4 partners in the UK and Northern Europe

October 2012

October 2014

 

   

ERDF Grant

Co-I

CALMARE – Business Technology Centre in Advanced Materials

£2.2M with College of Engineering & Physical Sciences

February 2013

February 2015

 

   

Contract Res.

Co-I

IF2 – Exploring Innovation Fitness to build IMC

£120 000 with DCC and UoE Stakeholders

September 2012

September 2014

 

   

AHRC Grant

Co-I

REACT Hub – Developing collaborative partnerships with creative organisations, £2.5M with Bristol, Cardiff, Bath, UWE & Watershed

June 2011

June 2014

 

   

Contract Res.

Co-I

Hi-CAT–Building Hi-involvement Innov. Cap. in EDF B2B ops.

£100 000 (RKT Open Innovation Grant matched £50 000)

March 2013

December 2014

 

   

Contract Res.

PI

Intellectual Property Office Fast Forward Competition

£80 000 to develop IMC for SW business advisory networks

April 2012

April 2013

 

   

Contract Res.

Co-I

SELEX Galileo Systems Ltd

£21 000 to explore Servitisation as a corporate capability

October 2012

June 2013

 

 

 

Research networks

International Society for Professional Innovation Management 

Exeter Centre for Circular Economy

Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures & Commerce

ISPIM Special Interest Group - Circular Innovations

EURAM Special Interest Group - Innovation

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Albats E, Alexander A, Mahdad M, Miller K, Post G (2020). Stakeholder Management in SME open innovation: interdependencies and strategic actions. Journal of Business Research Full text. DOI.
Miller K, Alexander AT, Cunningham J, Albats E (2018). Entrepreneurial Academics & Academic Entrepreneurs: a Systematic Literature Review. International Journal of Technology Management Full text.
Alexander A, Martin DP, Manolchev C, Miller K (2018). University–industry collaboration: using meta-rules to overcome barriers to knowledge transfer. The Journal of Technology Transfer Full text. DOI.
Bessant J, Trifilova A, Alexander AT (2017). Responsible Innovation in Healthcare - the case of digital TV. International Journal of Innovation Management, 21 DOI.
Miller K, McAdam R, Teague S, Alexander AT (2016). Knowledge transfer in university quadruple helix ecosystems: an absorptive capacity perspective. R & D Management, 46(2), 383-399. Full text. DOI.
Alexander AT, Berthod O, Kunert S, Torsten O, Washington A (2015). Failure-Driven Innovation. Berlin, Artop - Institut an der Humbolt Universitat.

Publications by category


Books

Alexander A, Kokshagina O (2020). The Radical Innovation Playbook: a practical guide for harnessing new, novel or game-changing breakthroughs.  Berlin, De Gruyter. DOI.
Alexander AT, Berthod O, Kunert S, Torsten O, Washington A (2015). Failure-Driven Innovation. Berlin, Artop - Institut an der Humbolt Universitat.

Journal articles

Albats E, Alexander A, Mahdad M, Miller K, Post G (2020). Stakeholder Management in SME open innovation: interdependencies and strategic actions. Journal of Business Research Full text. DOI.
Alexander A, Manolchev C (2020). The Future of University or Universities of the Future: a Paradox for Uncertain Times. International Journal of Educational Management Full text. DOI.
Miller K, Alexander AT, Cunningham J, Albats E (2018). Entrepreneurial Academics & Academic Entrepreneurs: a Systematic Literature Review. International Journal of Technology Management Full text.
Oberg C, Alexander AT (2018). The openness of open innovation in ecosystems - Integrating innovation and management literature on knowledge linkages. Journal of innovation and knowledge, 4, 211-218. Full text. DOI.
Alexander AT, Miller K (2018). University Knowledge Transfer: Exploring organisational structures to create strategic alignment. International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation Full text. DOI.
Alexander A, Martin DP, Manolchev C, Miller K (2018). University–industry collaboration: using meta-rules to overcome barriers to knowledge transfer. The Journal of Technology Transfer Full text. DOI.
Bessant J, Trifilova A, Alexander AT (2017). Responsible Innovation in Healthcare - the case of digital TV. International Journal of Innovation Management, 21 DOI.
Trifilova A, Bessant J, Alexander AT (2016). How can you teach Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Technology Innovation Management Review, 6, 45-50.
Alexander AT, Neyer AK, Huizingh KRE (2016). Introduction to the special issue: Transferring knowledge for innovation. R and D Management Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Miller K, McAdam R, Teague S, Alexander AT (2016). Knowledge transfer in university quadruple helix ecosystems: an absorptive capacity perspective. R & D Management, 46(2), 383-399. Full text. DOI.
Alexander AT, Miller K, Fielding S (2015). Open for business: Universities, entrepreneurial academics and open innovation. International Journal of Innovation Management, 19(6). Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Alexander AT, Childe SJ (2013). Innovation: a knowledge transfer perspective. Production Planning and Control, 24(2-3), 208-225. Abstract. DOI.
Jackson J, Strickland M, Greaves D, Alexander AT (2012). A review and comparative study of innovation policy and knowledge transfer: an Anglo-French perspective. Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice, 15(2), 12-28. Abstract.
Bessant, J, Alexander AT, Rush, H, Tsekouras, G, Lamming, R (2012). Constructing learning advantage through networks. Journal of Economic Geography, 12(15), 1087-1112. DOI.
Alexander AT, Martin DP (2012). Intermediaries for Open Innovation: a competence-based comparison of Knowledge Transfer Offices practices. Technological Forecasting & Social Change Abstract.

Chapters

Alexander AT, Childe SJ (2012). A Framework for the Transfer of Knowledge between Universities and Industry. In Frick J (Ed) Value Networks: Innovation, Technologies and Management, Germany: Springer Verlag GmbH Berlin & Heidelberg. Abstract.
Alexander AT, Childe SJ (2011). Innovation & Knowledge Transfer. In Rannenberg K (Ed) IFIP Advances in Information & Communication Technology, London: Springer.

Conferences

Albats E, Alexander AT (In Press). Crossing (or not?) the 'valley of death': University-industry collaborative e-platforms. ISPIM Innovation Summit.  Full text.
Bessant J, Trifilova A, Alexander AT (In Press). Responsible Innovation in Healthcare - the case of digital TV. XXVIII ISPIM Conference.
Alexander A, Boehm S, Pascucci S, Cherrington R (2020). Circular Innovations: Sustainable Innovations, Eco-Innovations and Circular Regeneration?. the ISPIM Innovation Conference – Innovating in Times of Crisis. 7th - 10th Jun 2020.
Cherrington R, Alexander A (2020). Innovation in the periphery: the case of SMEs in Cornwall. ISPIM Connects Global 2020: Celebrating the World of Innovation. 7th - 8th Dec 2020.
Alexander AT, Hopkinson P, miller J, Miller M (2018). 21st century innovation: What is the name of the new game?. XIX ISPIM Conference. 17th - 21st Jun 2018. Full text.
Hurmelinna-Laukkanen P, Alexander A, Dallenbach U, Papageorgiou K (2018). The promiscuity of publishing partners. XIX ISPIM Conference. 16th - 20th Jun 2018. Full text.
Jones K, Trifilova A, Alexander AT, Bessant J (2017). Creating Novel Approaches to Developing Tacit Knowledge and Skills in Innovation Management. Nairobi Innovation Week.
Alexander AT, Miller K (2017). Innovating in Peripheral Regions - Keep it in the family, close to home!. XXVIII ISPIM Conference.
Albats E, Alexander AT, Mahdad M, Post G (2017). Open Innovation: Exploring the reality for Universities and SMEs. XXVIII ISPIM Conference.
Trifilova A, Bessant J, Alexander AT (2016). Enabling Innovation through Storytelling. 23rd Innovation and Product Development Management Conference.
Miller K, Alexander AT, Albats E (2016). Entrepreneurial Academic Entrepreneurs: Understanding micro social factors and legitimacy. XXVII ISPIM Conference.  Full text.
Russell W, Alexander AT, Bessant J (2016). Fighting tradition: Developing ambidextrous capabilities across the innovation portfolio. XXVII ISPIM Conference.
Albats E, Figenbaum I, Alexander AT (2016). Innovation intermediaries in university-industry collaboration: analysis of online platforms. XXVII ISPIM Conference.  Full text.
Alexander AT, Miller K (2016). University Knowledge Transfer: Exploring organisational structures to create strategic alignment. 2nd ISPIM North American Symposium.
Alexander AT (2014). Innovation management capabilities for Start-ups and Spin-offs: a literature review. 30th Annual IMP Conference. 1st - 6th Sep 2014.
Alexander AT (2014). Innovation management capabilities in the creative sector. the XXV ISPIM Conference - Innovation for Sustainable Economy & Society. 8th - 11th Jun 2014.

Reports

Wood T, Alexander AT, Bessant J (2014). An Evaluation of Bridging the Gaps: the Exeter Science Exchange.

Publications by year


In Press

Albats E, Alexander AT (In Press). Crossing (or not?) the 'valley of death': University-industry collaborative e-platforms. ISPIM Innovation Summit.  Full text.
Bessant J, Trifilova A, Alexander AT (In Press). Responsible Innovation in Healthcare - the case of digital TV. XXVIII ISPIM Conference.

2020

Alexander A, Boehm S, Pascucci S, Cherrington R (2020). Circular Innovations: Sustainable Innovations, Eco-Innovations and Circular Regeneration?. the ISPIM Innovation Conference – Innovating in Times of Crisis. 7th - 10th Jun 2020.
Cherrington R, Alexander A (2020). Innovation in the periphery: the case of SMEs in Cornwall. ISPIM Connects Global 2020: Celebrating the World of Innovation. 7th - 8th Dec 2020.
Albats E, Alexander A, Mahdad M, Miller K, Post G (2020). Stakeholder Management in SME open innovation: interdependencies and strategic actions. Journal of Business Research Full text. DOI.
Alexander A, Manolchev C (2020). The Future of University or Universities of the Future: a Paradox for Uncertain Times. International Journal of Educational Management Full text. DOI.
Alexander A, Kokshagina O (2020). The Radical Innovation Playbook: a practical guide for harnessing new, novel or game-changing breakthroughs.  Berlin, De Gruyter. DOI.

2018

Alexander AT, Hopkinson P, miller J, Miller M (2018). 21st century innovation: What is the name of the new game?. XIX ISPIM Conference. 17th - 21st Jun 2018. Full text.
Miller K, Alexander AT, Cunningham J, Albats E (2018). Entrepreneurial Academics & Academic Entrepreneurs: a Systematic Literature Review. International Journal of Technology Management Full text.
Oberg C, Alexander AT (2018). The openness of open innovation in ecosystems - Integrating innovation and management literature on knowledge linkages. Journal of innovation and knowledge, 4, 211-218. Full text. DOI.
Hurmelinna-Laukkanen P, Alexander A, Dallenbach U, Papageorgiou K (2018). The promiscuity of publishing partners. XIX ISPIM Conference. 16th - 20th Jun 2018. Full text.
Alexander AT, Miller K (2018). University Knowledge Transfer: Exploring organisational structures to create strategic alignment. International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialisation Full text. DOI.
Alexander A, Martin DP, Manolchev C, Miller K (2018). University–industry collaboration: using meta-rules to overcome barriers to knowledge transfer. The Journal of Technology Transfer Full text. DOI.

2017

Jones K, Trifilova A, Alexander AT, Bessant J (2017). Creating Novel Approaches to Developing Tacit Knowledge and Skills in Innovation Management. Nairobi Innovation Week.
Alexander AT, Miller K (2017). Innovating in Peripheral Regions - Keep it in the family, close to home!. XXVIII ISPIM Conference.
Albats E, Alexander AT, Mahdad M, Post G (2017). Open Innovation: Exploring the reality for Universities and SMEs. XXVIII ISPIM Conference.
Bessant J, Trifilova A, Alexander AT (2017). Responsible Innovation in Healthcare - the case of digital TV. International Journal of Innovation Management, 21 DOI.

2016

Trifilova A, Bessant J, Alexander AT (2016). Enabling Innovation through Storytelling. 23rd Innovation and Product Development Management Conference.
Miller K, Alexander AT, Albats E (2016). Entrepreneurial Academic Entrepreneurs: Understanding micro social factors and legitimacy. XXVII ISPIM Conference.  Full text.
Russell W, Alexander AT, Bessant J (2016). Fighting tradition: Developing ambidextrous capabilities across the innovation portfolio. XXVII ISPIM Conference.
Trifilova A, Bessant J, Alexander AT (2016). How can you teach Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Technology Innovation Management Review, 6, 45-50.
Albats E, Figenbaum I, Alexander AT (2016). Innovation intermediaries in university-industry collaboration: analysis of online platforms. XXVII ISPIM Conference.  Full text.
Alexander AT, Neyer AK, Huizingh KRE (2016). Introduction to the special issue: Transferring knowledge for innovation. R and D Management Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
Miller K, McAdam R, Teague S, Alexander AT (2016). Knowledge transfer in university quadruple helix ecosystems: an absorptive capacity perspective. R & D Management, 46(2), 383-399. Full text. DOI.
Alexander AT, Miller K (2016). University Knowledge Transfer: Exploring organisational structures to create strategic alignment. 2nd ISPIM North American Symposium.

2015

Alexander AT, Berthod O, Kunert S, Torsten O, Washington A (2015). Failure-Driven Innovation. Berlin, Artop - Institut an der Humbolt Universitat.
Alexander AT, Miller K, Fielding S (2015). Open for business: Universities, entrepreneurial academics and open innovation. International Journal of Innovation Management, 19(6). Abstract.  Full text. DOI.

2014

Wood T, Alexander AT, Bessant J (2014). An Evaluation of Bridging the Gaps: the Exeter Science Exchange.
Alexander AT (2014). Innovation management capabilities for Start-ups and Spin-offs: a literature review. 30th Annual IMP Conference. 1st - 6th Sep 2014.
Alexander AT (2014). Innovation management capabilities in the creative sector. the XXV ISPIM Conference - Innovation for Sustainable Economy & Society. 8th - 11th Jun 2014.

2013

Alexander AT, Childe SJ (2013). Innovation: a knowledge transfer perspective. Production Planning and Control, 24(2-3), 208-225. Abstract. DOI.

2012

Alexander AT, Childe SJ (2012). A Framework for the Transfer of Knowledge between Universities and Industry. In Frick J (Ed) Value Networks: Innovation, Technologies and Management, Germany: Springer Verlag GmbH Berlin & Heidelberg. Abstract.
Jackson J, Strickland M, Greaves D, Alexander AT (2012). A review and comparative study of innovation policy and knowledge transfer: an Anglo-French perspective. Innovation: Management, Policy & Practice, 15(2), 12-28. Abstract.
Bessant, J, Alexander AT, Rush, H, Tsekouras, G, Lamming, R (2012). Constructing learning advantage through networks. Journal of Economic Geography, 12(15), 1087-1112. DOI.
Alexander AT, Martin DP (2012). Intermediaries for Open Innovation: a competence-based comparison of Knowledge Transfer Offices practices. Technological Forecasting & Social Change Abstract.

2011

Alexander AT, Childe SJ (2011). Innovation & Knowledge Transfer. In Rannenberg K (Ed) IFIP Advances in Information & Communication Technology, London: Springer.

Allen currently leads two prioritised, impact case studies for the REF2020 submission.

  • Developing Innovation Management Capability from atypical economic indicators is based on work to bring forward an assessment tool and subsequent diffusion and adoption programme with regional business in the SW.
  • Teaching and Coaching Innovation & Entrepreneurship Innovatively looks at work undertaken with Nokia, Lufthansa, BMW, Lego, Aachen Munchener and Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust working directly with novel teaching and coaching methods for 180 senior executives to create a culture of corporate entrepreneurship.

External positions

  • Member of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management,
  • Member of the Institute for Knowledge Transfer,
  • Member of the Association for Project Management
  • Member of the ESRC / Innovate UK – Innovation Caucus (http://innovationcaucus.co.uk/)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts

Allen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  He currently leads two modules on Social & Technological Innovation and Project Management and has previously taught one module on our One Planet MBA (Innovation & Knowledge in the Wilds). 

He has been involved in winning three teaching development grants recently:

Award Type & Role Award Title & Value Dates
ERASMUS +
Co-Investigator
TeAching & Coaching Innovation innovaTively (TACIT)
€ 1.0M across 4 Universities and 8 European Industry Partners
Jan 2016
Jan 2019 - 3 Yrs
ERASMUS
Co-Investigator
Academic Open Innovation Network
€ 1.2M with 50 University partners from across Europe
March 2014
March 2016
TEMPUS
Co-Investigator
DiCAMP – MSc in Innovation Management in Tunisia
€ 1.8M with 5 University partners in France & Germany
July 2012
July 2014

Modules

2021/22