Recent Projects

Business Incubator - Internship Orchestration

Entrepreneurs and governments are establishing business incubators to help small firms start up, survive and grow. Some universities are establishing incubators in support of technology diffusion, and are supporting incubator projects with the help of student interns. As more universities incorporate real world projects and internship activities as part of their courses, there is an increasing need to find project sponsors and host organisations, however identifying host organisations, matching expectations and providing appropriate support mechanisms may be problematic in some cases. But excellent results are observed in other cases. In this action research project we explore the contribution student projects and internships make to smaller firms, particularly those hosted in incubators, and mechanisms that deliver value to all participants.

The adoption of Open Innovation practice by some Small-Medium Enterprises

There have been a number of studies of SME innovation suggesting that such firms see innovation differently from larger firms and governments. The overarching research question in this university study was: what are the sources of innovation for SMEs in the food products manufacturing industry?

Some Reinvention Network associates contributed to this study, which is described at The project was completed in 2015

Framing Innovation Context

Whilst accessing resources to develop and deploy an innovative idea is important, so is consideration of place and timing. Exploring possibilities, evaluating options and exploiting opportunities all have elements of time and place associated with them. Both where to look for ideas, and the orchestration of where and when to launch an innovation influence the outcomes of the innovation management process. The Reinvention Network is sponsoring implementation of analysis tool drawing on prior associate research. For more details see This project is continuing.

Exploring Grassroots Business Model Innovation Practice

In this project we consider ways that startup and SME firms may assemble business model 'recipes' through combining elements of current practice and through organising operational resources in novel ways. Our objective is to both formalise what may be making intuitive sense to such enterprises and to provide options for them to consider in the development, deployment and scaling up of their innovative ideas. We draw on multiple case studies from both the literature and our own research to characterise observed practices. This project was initiated at the end of 2015 as one aspect of a broader program we ares supporting (see )