New Papers

Here you will find some recent papers.  Please note that these are pre-publication versions.

Ambidextrous academics and persistence in knowledge exchange: new findings for the UK and their implications for HEI strategic management of collaborative R&D and related activities, February 2018 (with Alan Hughes, Cornelia Lawson and Ammon Salter).


This paper provides an in-depth analysis of the collaborative research and knowledge exchange activities of academics in UK universities based on two national surveys. Our analysis makes four distinct contributions.  First, we extend the recent approaches to university-industry relations that have focused on organisational ambidexterity to the notion of individual ambidexterity. Second, we use panel data to identify the determinants of engagement in knowledge exchange activities. Third, we draw out the distinctive characteristics and different forms of engagement of individuals in STEM and non-STEM subjects. Fourth, we identify the key strategic policy implications for universities.