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Dr Paul Ellwood BSc, MBA, PhD (Chemistry), PhD (Management Studies)

Senior Lecturer in Management Strategy, IB and Entrepreneurship

Research

Where science meets innovation

This thread of research focusses on contemporary debates relating to the development of technology from basic scientific research. Specific themes within this research include:

- "Responsible Research & Innovation" (see Pandza & Ellwood (2013) "Strategic and ethical foundations of responsible innovation", Research Policy, 42, 1112-1125)

- "Grand Challenges" and technology transfer from advanced to emerging economies

- "Artificial Intelligence" technologies and their impact on the organisation of scientific research

- Surviving the innovation "Valley of Death" - the transition from basic science to commercial proposition

I'd welcome any research proposals that speaks to contemporary debates surrounding the earliest stages of technology innovation.

Time, organizations and innovation

There is continued interest among academics, practitioners and policy-makers in methods to accelerate the processes of organizational innovation. Academic studies of this complex phenomenon have succeeded in reaching a high degree of consensus on the antecedents of innovation speed, but have yet to fully elucidate the underlying mechanisms. We have argued for a strengthening of our theoretical understanding of such speed (Ellwood, Grimshaw, & Pandza, 207), by means of rich qualitative studies of how time is experienced within organizations (e.g. Bakken, Holt, & Zundel, 2013). I’d welcome inquiries for research exploring themes of time and organizational innovation.

References

Bakken, T., Holt, R., & Zundel, M. (2013). Time and play in management practice: An investigation through the philosophies of Mctaggart and Heidegger. Scandinavian Journal of Management, 29(1), 13-22

Ellwood, P., Grimshaw, P., & Pandza, K. (2017). Accelerating the innovation process: A systematic review and realist synthesis of the research literature. International Journal of Management Reviews. 19, 510-530

AI technologies and the future of management

Recent advancements in machine learning have led to suggestions that the work undertaken by professionals faces the possibility of fundamental reorganisation. The role that technological developments play in the reconfiguration of work has a longstanding tradition within management and organisation studies; including research on automation and its impact on labour processes and operational efficiency. However, advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics have led some commentators to argue that the work of professionals, previously viewed as requiring a human, will increasingly be replaced by a non-human agent. I'd welcome inquiries exploring the impact of AI technologies on managerial work.




Research Grants

Relational Management Education: Embedding the practice of scholarship within the everyday practice of DBA graduates

BRITISH ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENT (BAM) (UK)

February 2018 - December 2019

Leverhulme Research Centre for Functional Materials Design

LEVERHULME TRUST (UK)

October 2016 - September 2026