Finishing post reached!

posted 20 Dec 2012, 16:24 by Steve P

The final report was submitted for printing and binding on Tuesday and will be delivered just before Christmas! Many thanks to all those involved. I will be sending out courtesy copies after Christmas. I hope you all have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

Nearly done!

posted 25 Nov 2012, 03:13 by Steve P

Having submitted a draft management challenge last week and receiving mostly positive feedback I feel I am in good shape to wrap this up in the next few week. I have a bit of tidying up to do and will then distribute to my 'volunteer' proof readers! It will be good to finish this before Christmas and be able to start 2013 fresh and ready to take on new challenges.

Hard at work

posted 22 Sept 2012, 08:18 by Steve P   [ updated 22 Sept 2012, 08:19 ]

I am making good progress with writing the management challenge up. I have covered a lot of literature and it will be a challenge to keep within the word count requirements but it looks (in my humble opinion) to be taking shape and covering many interesting topics. It is interesting reviewing and analysing the interview data with a fresh view, although I could do with a few more participants to get a broader picture. So in summary good progress, but more work is needed. Many thanks to all those that have been helping me along the way!

Research strategy

posted 22 May 2012, 01:22 by Steve P

The research proposal was accepted on the working title of ‘The Strategic Direction of Potential Absorptive Capacity in Technology firms‘. The key aims being to understand where product ideas come from within technology based SMEs using the concept of Absorptive Capacity (Cohen and Levinthal 1990) as a theoretical framework. The final aim being to provide insights that could be used by SMEs to guide their efforts into knowledge acquisition and assimilation.
This may call for deeper access into SMEs to better understand the issues around knowledge management, culture, strategy and key roles around which this mechanism happens. It was first thought on the research strategy was that an array of views could be taken from companies through semi-structured interviews. Now it may be more appropriate to use a case study approach based on two or three companies to cover the context and content of the study subjects more fully.

First exploratory discussions

posted 6 Mar 2012, 02:30 by Steve P

Many thanks to the Berkshire Committee for the IET for hearing my initial thoughts on this Management Challenge yesterday evening. It was good to get some different perspectives on innovation and the challenges on approaching companies for their involvement in a project such as this. I hope to catch up with you all as the study progresses.

Created website!

posted 27 Feb 2012, 15:15 by Steve P

Hello and welcome to my new website; telling you all you need to know about my preparation and execution of the final piece of work for my studies for an MBA ... the Management Challenge!

I have lots of things to add, but the basics are here to allow me to share the experience and ideas with others who also have an interest in business education and technology.


I have lots to do:

I still need to focus on a topic for the research project

Add a bit more content to this site

Find a sponsor to provide informal support through the process

Build up some contacts for organisations that would be willing to take part in my study


Maybe I need to add a to do list to the website!



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