Cord-Christian Drews

PhD Student, Aston Business School

Cord-Christian is currently finishing his ESRC Case Award funded PhD at Aston Business School, with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills as the Case Award’s project partner. His thesis considers the value of longitudinal analysis of business support programmes, and the surrounding methodological challenges.

Biography

Cord-Christian is currently finishing his ESRC Case Award funded PhD at Aston Business School, with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as the Case Award’s project partner. His thesis considers the value of longitudinal analysis of business support programmes, and the surrounding methodological challenges.

At Aston he has contributed to a number of research projects with clients such as the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Prior to commencing his doctoral studies Cord-Christian worked for British Telecom in a number of commercial management positions. He holds a MSc in Operational Research and Performance Management, and a BSc (Hons) in International Business and Economics.

Research Paper

Feasibility Study – Exploring the Long-Term Impact of Business Support Services. Research Paper No 29

This report is a feasibility study examining whether it is possible to observe a longer term impact of business improvement schemes in general using the old Business Link (BL) offer in England in 2003 as an example. The report covers the methodological issues of assessing the economic impact of business support interventions over an extended time period, although the findings will be of interest to policy makers. Building on the published evaluation of BL in 2006 this new analysis uses 7 additional years of employment and turnover data from the ONS Business Structure Database (BSD) to demonstrate the value of longitudinal evaluation time frames.

Associated Themes
  • Business Demography Research Theme
Research Paper

Localisation of Industrial Activity across England’s LEPs: 2008 & 2012 .Research Paper No 15.

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills commissioned the ERC to undertake an analysis of industrial clusters in the UK and to use the new Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) as the sub-national spatial frame in England. The analysis is designed as an information source for the LEPs as they prepare their new strategic economic plans.

Associated Themes
  • Business Demography Research Theme