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Research interests

My current research interests lie in understanding how 'openness' (varying from organisational partnerships, through networks to business ecosystems) enables innovation to drive economic growth. I consider this issue at various levels (organisation, industry, region and nation).

My interest originates in my expertise in the development of corporate technological competence and the importance of having both a set of core competences and a diverse technological base for corporate longevity in a range of manufacturing industries. The diversity of their technological competences enables firms to recognise the potential of other firms as future partners for innovative purposes and to work with them; the subset of core competences, enable a firm to develop specialist expertise in an area which make them attractive as partners to others.

Over time the concept of increasing 'openness' has extended my interests from partnerships in a dyadic setting to one with numerous relationships of varying strengths, resulting in my interest in networks and business ecosystems. The latter may extend across numerous boundaries at the organisational, industrial, regional and national levels.

I would welcome approaches from potential PhD students and researchers with interests in this area.

Willing to supervise PhD

I am interested in supervising PhD students with an interest in adopting a competence-based perspective on technological innovation, R&D and networks.

Willing to supervise PhD

1. The influence of location factors on open innovation practice and management in multinational corporations.
2. The affect of governance structure on open innovation management in multinational corporations.
3. The born open firm - the development of a concept.

Education / Academic qualification

Master of Arts, University of Reading

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Reading

Bachelor of Arts, University of Ulster

External positions

External Examiner for Postgraduate Management Programmes, Birkbeck College, University of London

7 Mar 2016 → …

External Examiner for International Business and Management, University of Strathclyde

18 Mar 20101 Jun 2013

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Projects 2005 2019

Research Output 1999 2018

Local enterprise partnerships: place-based industrial strategy advocates

Fai, F. & Tomlinson, P. R. 6 Mar 2018 Place-Based Perspectives on the UK Industrial Strategy. Fai, F. (ed.). University of Bath, p. 53-62

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Place-Based Perspectives on the UK Industrial Strategy

Fai, F. (ed.) 12 Mar 2018 Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath. 76 p. (IPR Policy Brief)

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access


Fai, F. & Tomlinson, P. 4 Jun 2017 Regional Studies Association 2017 Annual Conference: GREAT REGIONAL AWAKENING: NEW DIRECTIONS. Regional Studies Association, p. 216 - 216 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


A novel technology transfer office typology based on lessons learnt from the UK: recommendations for developing countries

Fai, F., De Beer, C. & Schutte, C. Sep 2017 10th International Conference for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Regional Development (ICEIRD-2017): University-industry links: coproducing knowledge, innovation and growth. Ketikidis, P. & Solomon, A. (eds.). ICEIRD, p. 95-102 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
technology transfer
developing country

Born Open Firms – A Proposition Of A New Concept

Fai, F. 2016 Proceedings of the 23rd Innovation and Product Development Management Conference (IPDMC), 2016: Crossing Borders and Boundaries. 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution