Innovation, Management and PrACTice (IMPact) Research Centre

The IMPact research centre examines practice and theoretical issues related to the use of technology and new social, management and business practice.

We believe that enterprise and innovation, along with social, organisational and economic transformation, are key to the future prosperity, sustainability and wellbeing of the UK and global economy. 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.

IMPact supplies innovative, practical and theoretical inputs to the Triangular Alliance, a local government, social enterprise and University partnership that develops innovative approaches to achieve sustainable economic growth. Our involvement bridges the gap between practice, policy and academia.

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.


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 and population change, technological renewal and the processes of creative destruction 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.


Current projects

  • Digitalisation of management – project funded by Swedish Funding Council, FORTE, on the growing digital influence in middle management roles.
  • 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
  • Cellulose project (New project – more information coming soon)
  • GrowIn 4.0 (New project - more information coming soon)

Previous projects

  • 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