Innovation, Management and PrACTice (IMPact) Research Centre

The IMPact research centre examines practice and theoretical issues related to technology change, organising and management practice.

We believe that enterprise and innovation, along with social, organisational and economic transformation, are key to the future prosperity, sustainability and wellbeing. We are determined to maximise the impact of our research locally, nationally and globally through contribution to theory, policy and practice.

This is reflected in the interdisciplinary and international make-up of the team. IMPact forms a dynamic and focused research environment. It’s founded on the development and exchange of knowledge and ideas about key technological, social, organisational and management challenges.

We also develop theoretical insights which translate into impactful engagement with key stakeholders, including the UK Police, the Swedish Government, the Finnish Government, the UK Armed Forces and UK local government.

Our strong working relationships with a growing number of key individuals and professional bodies support the Faculty's mission to conduct research that is as valuable to practitioners and policy makers as it is to our academic colleagues.

Whether you're seeking to do a PhD, have a research need, or want advice about realising an opportunity, we would be happy to hear from you. Please contact Professor Chris Ivory, Centre Director.

Objectives

1. To connect with concerns that individuals, organisations and societies face by focusing our work on Innovation and Enterprise.
2. To address the dynamic challenges of climate, social and organisational change that mark our times.
3. To understand how individuals and organisations create and respond to innovation and how they build new organisations and businesses to address problems and opportunities.

4. To address the issues of what we might do with technology to create equitable societies and sustainable economies, as well as address concerns about what technology might do to us.

Projects

Current projects

  • Technology Adoption in Healthcare- A study "Understanding Clinicians' Adoption of Mobile Health Tools: A Qualitative Review of the Most Used Frameworks" published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth proposes an aggregated technology acceptance framework that complements the gaps in existing ones and informs on the elements to look for in order to better foster mHealth adoption.
  • Eastern New Energy - ERDF Developing and disseminating new knowledge about the barriers that are preventing rapid decarbonisation in the UK's SE. Income to ARU: £484,138. October 2019 - September 2022.
  • Grow-In (Industry 4.0) - INTERREG. Examining and supporting the uptake of digital technology amongst manufacturing SMEs in the North Sea region. Developing business models and tools. Total project value: 3,607,589 €. August 2017 - September 2020.
  • Digitalisation of management – FORTE (Sweden). Examining changes in management practice as a consequence of technology - a comparison of Sweden and the UK. Total project value: £1,480,000 January 2017 - December 2022. Income to ARU £406,000. Collaboration between ARU and Malardalen University, Sweden.
  • DigiConCo-Op: Transforming Micro-project Delivery through Digital Co-Operative Construction. Co-investigator Transforming Construction Network+. February 2020 - July 2020. £39,000.

Previous projects

  • Benefits realisation in Innovation Communication Technologies (ICTs) – Research examining benefits realisation assumptions underpinning a technology project launched by Cambridgeshire Police. For more information about this research, please contact Prof Chris Ivory
  • Biz4Age – project part-funded by INTERREG IVA 2 Seas Programme on independent living to meet the needs of residents, and at the same time enhance the local economy. 
  • CURA-B – part-funded through the Joint Technical Secretariat INTERREG IVA 2 Mers on promoting entrepreneurship and the development of new cross-border initiatives
  • Innovation into Healthcare Organisations (INTHO) - Research on the post-adoption phase of technology in large Healthcare organisations. For more information about this research, please contact Dr Antonio Sánchez-Vázquez
  • Valuable, Intangible and Prestigious Service Experiences (VIPSE) – Project funded by Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, on the role and nature of prestige-based experiences in customers' value-creation processes. For more information about this project, please contact Prof Teemu Kautonen

IMPact team

For more information on the centre, please contact Professor Chris Ivory