Andrew Johnston

Principal Lecturer in International Business and Economics

Andrew is a Principal Lecturer in International Business and Economics at Sheffield Hallam University and is director of the International Business and Economics Research Group (IBERG). His research interests focus on the broad areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and regional economic development, specifically collaborative ties between firms and universities and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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Andrew is a Principal Lecturer in International Business and Economics at Sheffield Hallam University and is director of the International Business and Economics Research Group (IBERG). His research interests focus on the broad areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and regional economic development, specifically collaborative ties between firms and universities and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Research Paper

University Engagement and Productivity in Innovative SMEs: An Empirical Assessment. Research Paper No 78

Current debates around the nature of the innovation process increasingly stress its open character, whereby firms utilise knowledge and expertise from outside organisations. From the perspective of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), open innovation allows the leveraging of additional resources which they would not necessarily be able to develop alone. In the context of open innovation universities are often cited as important sources of external knowledge and key nodes within innovation systems due to their ability to generate and transfer new, cutting edge, knowledge.

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Assessing the characteristics, determinants and spatial variations of internationalised new ventures in the UK. Research Paper No 56

This study focuses on internationalised new ventures, here defined as firms that have been trading for 5 years or fewer and which have already engaged in selling their goods and/or services abroad. The report presents analysis of data from the Longitudinal Small Business Survey that: 1) examines differences between internationalised and non-internationalised new ventures, 2) assesses the factors which determine whether a new firm is likely to engage in export activity early in its lifetime; and 3) maps the geographic distribution of these internationalised new ventures across the UK.

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