The Day Job



Next week, I celebrate my first year as Director of Research and Innovation at the University of Wales.

Most of my time has been spent in establishing this new area within the university, including the creation of the Global Academy and the successful implementation of the £11.4 million Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarships project. The last few weeks have involved the writing of a business plan for another major programme of innovation (completed last week) as well as a new research centre.

However, the job has also given me impetus to get back to writing research papers in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation with colleagues from the UK and the rest of Europe.

Those not involved in academic life might not appreciate this but such output is the currency of an academic career and I have, admittedly, let it slip over the last couple of years.

Still, I am more than pleased that, so far this year, five have been published/accepted for publication (including two in the top journal, Regional Studies) and we are working on another eight papers to be submitted during the next six months.

The papers published are as follows:

  • "Transferring good practice beyond organisational borders: lessons from transferring an entrepreneurship programme" M. Klofsten, P. Heydebreck and D. Jones-Evans, Regional Studies (forthcoming), 2009

  • "Entrepreneurship amongst minority language speakers - the case of Wales", Dylan Jones-Evans, Piers Thompson and Caleb Kwong, Regional Studies (forthcoming), (2009)

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