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Dr Allen Alexander

Dr Allen Alexander

Senior Lecturer in Innovation, Director of Centre for Innovation & Service Research

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+44 (0) 1392 726299

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Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Allen is a senior researcher investigating the role that knowledge, capability and competence plays in enabling companies and public sector organisations to be more innovative. In particular his interests lie in how Universities and Public Research Organisations can embrace the open innovation imperative. He holds a number of international research grants, speaks regularly in the UK and Europe and is an active member of a number of high profile academic networks focusing on innovation. He is also a visiting Research Fellow of the Centre for Leading Innovation & Co-operation at HHL Graduate School of Management, Germany.

He was elected to the Advisory & Development Board of the International Society for Innovation Management in 2012, is the Chair of a Special Interest Group (SIG) on ‘Transferring Knowledge for Innovation’ and is an Editor of a further SIG for the European Academy of Management (EURAM) on ‘Innovation into the Future’. In 2014 he will take up the role of Guest Editor for the Journal of R & D Management Special Issue on ‘Transferring Knowledge for Innovation’.

Prior to joining the Business School in 2011 Allen held responsibility for key elements of the Research & Knowledge Transfer activity at the University including: EU Research, Contract Research, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Consultancy, Intellectual Property, Commercialisation (including Spin Outs and Subsidiaries) and External Funding.  Before this Allen spent 10 years managing large scale construction and infrastructure projects around the south of England. Educated as a Civil Engineer, Allen is a Member of the Association for Project Management, Member of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In 2012/13 Allen was selected as one of 50 Peter Pribilla Foundation Innovation Fellows at the Technical University of Munich.

Nationality: British

Administrative responsibilities

  • Director of Centre for Innovation & Service Research

Qualifications

  • MSc in Engineering Management
  • PhD in Engineering

Research clusters

Research interests

  • Strategic Knowledge Management
  • Innovation Assesment
  • Higher Education to Industry Knowledge Transfer

Strategic Knowledge Management positions knowledge as a firm’s resource and suggests effective management and leverage of both internal knowledge and “brought-in” knowledge can lead to enhanced competitive advantage.

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.

Current research activity

Research awards and contracts

Award Type & Role Award Title & Value Dates
EU Grant
P. Investigator
Developing Student Entrepreneurship (pending)
€1.8M with 10 partners across the UK and France
Jan 2016
Jan 2019
Seedcorn Fund
P. Investigator
Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the UK’s Peripheral Regions
£10 000 to join a UK wide study including N.Irl & Scottish Boarders
March 2015 September 2015
Innovate UK
Co-Investigator
Knowledge Transfer Partnership – Bott Ltd
£140 000 to develop Innovation Management Capability
April 2015
September 2017
Innovate UK
P. Investigator
Knowledge Transfer Partnership – Hydro International Ltd
£140 000 to develop Innovation Management Capability
March 2014
April 2017
EU Grant
P. Investigator
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
P. Investigator
BENEFITS – Exploring Corporate Innovation Mgmt. Capability
€1.8M with 4 partners in the UK and Northern Europe
October 2012
October 2014
ERDF Grant
Co-Investigator
CALMARE – Business Technology Centre in Advanced Materials
£2.2M with College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
February 2013
February 2015
Contract Res.
Co-Investigator
IF2 – Exploring Innovation Fitness to build IMC
£120 000 with DCC and UoE Stakeholders
September 2012
September 2014
AHRC Grant
Co-Investigator
REACT Hub – Developing collaborative partnerships with creative organisations, £2.5M with Bristol, Cardiff, Bath, UWE & Watershed June 2011
June 2014
Contract Res.
Co-Investigator
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.
P. Investigator
Intellectual Property Office Fast Forward Competition
£80 000 to develop IMC for SW business advisory networks
April 2012
April 2013
Contract Res.
Co-Investigator
SELEX Galileo Systems Ltd
£21 000 to explore Servitisation as a corporate capability
October 2012
June 2013
EPSRC Grant
Internal App.
Bridging the Gaps – Project Management Capability Building
£5 000 to build links with CEMPS
October 2011
January 2012
EU Grant
P. Investigator
PROTTEC – Investigating Technology Transfer & the Economy
€1.2M with 6 partners in the UK & Northern Europe
March 2009
October 2011
KTP Grant
Co-Investigator
Graphic Plc – 2 year project to build Strategic Knowledge Management Capability in PCB Manufacture, £135 000 January 2008
January 2010
KTP Grant
Co-Investigator
Partech Instruments – 2 year project to refine product portfolio of Opto-electronic water sensors, £135 000 June 2004
June 2006
Contract Res.
P. Investigator
AESP 2 – GEMT development project exploring the role of graduates in MSc placements, £150 000 March 2003
March 2006
KTP Grant
Co-Investigator
Graphic Plc – 2 year project to build Advanced Quality Planning, FMEA and American Aerospace Accreditation, £130 000 September 2002
September 2004

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Miller K, Alexander AT, Cunningham J, Albats E (In Press). Entrepreneurial Academics & Academic Entrepreneurs: a Systematic Literature Review. International Journal of Technology Management Full text.
Miller K, McAdam R, Teague S, Alexander AT (2016). An absorptive capacity framework for knowledge transfer in a Quadruple Helix Context. R & D Management, 46(2), 383-399. Full text. DOI.
Alexander AT, Neyer AK, Huizingh KRE (2016). Introduction to the special issue: Transferring knowledge for innovation. R and D Management Abstract.  Full text. DOI.
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.

Publications by category


Books

Alexander AT, Berthod O, Kunert S, Torsten O, Washington A (2015). Failure-Driven Innovation. Berlin, Artop - Institut an der Humbolt Universitat.

Journal articles

Miller K, Alexander AT, Cunningham J, Albats E (In Press). Entrepreneurial Academics & Academic Entrepreneurs: a Systematic Literature Review. International Journal of Technology Management Full text.
Miller K, McAdam R, Teague S, Alexander AT (2016). An absorptive capacity framework for knowledge transfer in a Quadruple Helix Context. R & D Management, 46(2), 383-399. Full text. 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.
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.
Alexander AT, Martin DP (2013). Intermediaries for open innovation: a competence-based comparison of knowledge transfer offices practices. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 80(1), 38-49. 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.

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

Bessant J, Trifilova A, Alexander AT (In Press). Responsible Innovation in Healthcare - the case of digital TV. XXVIII ISPIM Conference.
Jones K, Trifilova A, Alexander AT, Bessant J (2017). Creating Novel Approaches to Developing Tacit Knowledge and Skills in Innovation Management. Nairobi Innovation Week.  Full text.
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

Miller K, Alexander AT, Cunningham J, Albats E (In Press). Entrepreneurial Academics & Academic Entrepreneurs: a Systematic Literature Review. International Journal of Technology Management Full text.
Alexander AT, Adams RJ (In Press). Innovation Management Capabilities: Starting-out and early-stage organisational growth.
Bessant J, Trifilova A, Alexander AT (In Press). Responsible Innovation in Healthcare - the case of digital TV. XXVIII ISPIM Conference.

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.  Full text.
bessant J, trifilova, Alexander AT (2017). Evolving Innovative Innovation Coaching through Storytelling.  Full text.
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.
Alexander AT, Albats E, Figenbaum I (2017). Triple Helix Knowledge Interactions: a Study of Institutional, Virtual and On-line Intermediaries.  Full text.

2016

Miller K, McAdam R, Teague S, Alexander AT (2016). An absorptive capacity framework for knowledge transfer in a Quadruple Helix Context. R & D Management, 46(2), 383-399. Full text. DOI.
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.
Alexander AT, Martin DM, MIller K (2016). Higher Education, Knowledge Transfer & Open Innovation - Learning and acting from Meta-rules. Technological Forecasting and Social Change
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.
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.
Alexander AT, Martin DP (2013). Intermediaries for open innovation: a competence-based comparison of knowledge transfer offices practices. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 80(1), 38-49. 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.

2011

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

External positions

  • Director of Peninsula Innovations Ltd,
  • Working alongside John Bessant, Allen runs the University’s Innovation Club – a bi-monthly peer-to-peer learning network consisting of more than 50 local company executives and directors.
  • Member of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management,
  • Member of the Institute for Knowledge Transfer,
  • Member of the Association for Project Management

Allen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Teaching from the perspective of a practioner, Allen is developing new modules in Knowledge Management and Project Management as well as helping to develop a new Master course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship over the coming year.

I have 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

2016/17