Ray Lambert

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Ray had a long career as a government economist, for the last 18 years specializing in aspects of the economics of innovation and innovation policy, with special reference to metrics, indicators and modelling of the innovation system; the innovation infrastructure including standards, design, metrology and Intellectual Property. He managed the UK innovation survey, a large and complex business survey and undertook or guided extensive statistical analysis of the results.

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Ray had a long career as a government economist, for the last 18 years specializing in  aspects of the economics of innovation and innovation policy, with special reference to metrics, indicators and modelling of the innovation system; the innovation infrastructure including standards, design, metrology and Intellectual Property. He managed the UK innovation survey, a large and complex business survey and undertook or guided extensive statistical analysis of the results.  Since leaving the Civil Service he has worked on consultancy projects often in collaboration with academic researchers,  including assessing the economic value added of Accreditation to standards, studies on design and its role in the economy, including Service Design, Design led innovation and a project for the OECD to improve the measurement of design in innovation. Other projects have included a study for  European standards body CEN/CENELEC on the interface between standardization and the research and innovation system; research for the British Standards Institution on the interface between standards and IPRs.

Much of his work in Government and subsequently has included extensive and intensive analysis of statistical data, mostly survey data, where he has accumulated expertise on all types of analytical techniques.

Research Paper

Exploring the link between training and innovation using the Longitudinal Small Business Survey. Research Paper No 80

This paper explores the link between different types of training and innovation outcomes using the Longitudinal Small Business Survey. Much of the evidence on innovation and the link to the capabilities of the workforce is based on evidence from the Community Innovation Surveys and as a result emphasis is on larger businesses and on formal skills acquired in Higher Education Institutions. This paper adds to the literature by focusing on a) micro businesses and b) on- and off-the-job training and manager vs. employee training. The main findings are that: a) there is a positive relationship between training and, in particular product innovation; b) that this relationship is strongest among micro-businesses with 1 to 9 employees; c) that the strength of the effect of on- and off-the-job training is similar; and that d) specific manager training in IT and ‘financial management’ shows relatively strong correlations with product and process innovation. Training leading to formal qualifications is not significantly associated with innovation. Novel – new-to-market – product innovation is also significantly enhanced by leadership training of managers, but not by other forms of training.

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