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Commercial and public engagement
Having come into the public sector from working in a variety of industries (Oil & Gas, Advanced Manufacturing, Transportation, Defense and Shipbuilding) I have a particular perspective on the importance of business support and engagement. I bring this commitment to my endeavours in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and to my research.
In the postgraduate programmes I teach on, there is an action learning approach to enhancing the student experiential learning journey through active business engagement. Students at both UG and PG levels have the opportunity to work with Small & Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) leaders, and benefit from their experiences and practices. Equally in my research on micro and small enterprise, and particularly on small enterprise owner-managers I look for opportunities to use their insights to further enhance my academic/practitioner knowledge, understanding and learning.
The outputs from the combination of these two activities are both academic and practitioner articles that explore the challenges and issues facing these enterprises, and are presented at academic and practitioner conferences and through academic/practitioner journals.
My work at the University of Hertfordshire affords me the opportunity to work both the entrepreneurial owner-managed enterprises searching for support and advice to grow, and with the support agencies like Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Hertfordshire Growth Hub. The last four years has seen me deliver four research studies with the Hertfordshire LEP on skills gaps across the seven key sectors in Hertfordshire, and its impact on Small- to Medium-size Enterprises in increasing revenue, growth and improved productivity.
Within the Hertfordshire Business School I have been a core leader in business engagement programmes providing market opportunity identification and strategy formation for micro-and small businesses. My mentoring and leadership on national Knowledge Transfer partnerships and regional knowledge transfer programmes have seen me assist and coach small businesses in developing growth strategies. In all of these activities the entrepreneur owner-manager has received and used this to develop their leadership and management skills and so improve the sustainability and improved productivity of their transformative business model.
That entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial traits and attributes are present in a small minority of the UK’s population?
Entrepreneurship is a spirit that is strong and active within 20% of working age UK individuals, and are actively engaged in some type of entrepreneurial activity, and/or are already intending to start-up enterprises within the next three years. Some of the entrepreneurial spirit has been stimulated by the fact we live in exciting and challenging times where new technologies and innovations are changing the way that we live our lives as workers, citizens and consumers. The UK is a special open enterprising economy, built on invention, innovation and competition. Our research institutions and other academic research bodies are among the best in the World.
The rapid increase in entrepreneurialism since the UK’s economic crash of 2008 has seen a rapid boost in enterprise creation, and this is expected to have a huge impact on labour productivity growth. So these new entrepreneurs who set up new enterprises can challenge the market incumbents, driving down costs and incentivising the creation of better products and services. Importantly these new opportunistic entrepreneurs allow new ideas to be tested on a small-scale and brought to the Agri-supply chain and thus into the marketplace, driving further innovation and long-term farmer business model sustainability.
Environmental Management, MSc, School of Life and Medical Sciences
1 Oct 2010 → 31 Jul 2012
Award Date: 1 Jul 2012
Psychology, MSc, School of Life and Medical Sciences
1 Oct 2008 → 31 Jul 2010
Award Date: 1 Jul 2010
Learning & Teaching, PGCE, University of Hertfordshire
1 Oct 2005 → 31 Jul 2007
Award Date: 1 Jul 2007
Innovation Management, PhD, Middlesex University
1 Oct 1998 → 31 Dec 2005
Award Date: 1 Jul 2006
Marketing Management, MA, Middlesex University
1 Oct 1995 → 31 Jul 1997
Award Date: 1 Jul 1997
Electronic Engineering, BSc. (Hons.), Brunel University London
1 Oct 1980 → 31 Jul 1983
Award Date: 1 Jul 1983
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Help to Grow: Management - 12 Week Programme
Brown, C. & Stevens, L.
3/01/22 → 31/07/22
University Enterprise Zone - Market Intelligence Services
Brown, C. & Stevens, L.
30/11/19 → 31/07/21
HBPS: Hertfordshire Business Productivity Survey - Interim Report
1/11/19 → 28/08/20
IOTDA: DEMAND EVIDENCE AND MARKET ASSESSMENT EMPLOYERS’ PERSPECTIVES ON SKILLS NEEDS
1/02/18 → 3/04/18
HESF: Hertfordshire Employers' Skills Framework Survey
31/07/17 → 31/01/19
FACTORS CONSTRAINING BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITY IN THE DIGITAL ERA: EMPIRICAL RESEARCH AT HERTFORDSHIRE IN UK AND LESSONS FOR HUNG YEN PROVINCE IN VIETNAMBrown, C., Huong, G. N. T. & Thi, H. T., 25 Oct 2020, p. 1 - 19. 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile14 Downloads (Pure)
South-east England Graduate Skills Mis-match: Graduate EmployabilityBrown, C., 31 Jul 2019, University of Hertfordshire. 38 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen AccessFile69 Downloads (Pure)
Hertfordshire Business Productivity Survey - Interim ReportBrown, C., 15 Apr 2019, University of Hertfordshire. 33 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned reportOpen AccessFile112 Downloads (Pure)
A sustainable approach to environmental uncertainty: SME leaders' attitudes and behavioursBrown, C., 3 Dec 2019, (Submitted) In: Industry and Innovation. p. 1- 20 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Exploring business model innovation in business school - small business engagements: understanding and helping small business leaders through action learning programsBrown, C. & Frame, P., 2 Feb 2018, (E-pub ahead of print) In: International Journal of Innovation and Learning. 23, 2, p. 166-195 30 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review1 Citation (Scopus)2 Downloads (Pure)