Tim Minshall

Tim Minshall
University of Cambridge | Cam · Department of Engineering, Institute for Manufacturing

PhD, BEng

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Introduction
Research areas include open innovation, investment and incubation of emerging technologies (especially 3D printing / additive manufacturing) and engineering education.
Additional affiliations
October 2002 - present
University of Cambridge
Position
  • Reader in Technology and Innovation Management
Education
October 1993 - April 1997
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • Innovation Management
October 1986 - July 1989
Aston University
Field of study
  • Engineering

Publications

Publications (159)
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In small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), where typically the decision-making process is highly centralised, important decisions, such as open innovation (OI) adoption, will be strongly influenced by the characteristics of their Chief Executive Officers (CEOs). Pointing the attention to the strategic leadership and human elements, this paper sh...
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University spin‐out (USO) companies play an increasingly important role in generating value from radical, generic technologies, but this translation requires significant resources from other players to reach the market. Seven case studies illuminate how relationships with each type of partner can be leveraged to help the firm create value. We find...
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"Asymmetric" partnerships between technology-based start-ups and large firms represent one route by which an open innovation strategy can be implemented. Asymmetric partnerships can provide benefits to both resource-constrained start-ups and capability-rich larger firms. However, there are numerous management challenges to the successful setup and...
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Open innovation (OI) has been an important research theme for over a decade, but, despite its importance, the theoretical framework has been under-researched. When considering the complexity of OI involving a wide range of innovation activities, capacities which utilize various firm resources will play a critical role in OI implementation. A firm w...
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Purpose ‐ As traditional manufacturing, previously vital to the UK economy, is increasingly outsourced to lower-cost locations, policy makers seek leadership in emerging industries by encouraging innovative start-up firms to pursue competitive opportunities. Emerging industries can either be those where a technology exists but the corresponding dow...
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Purpose COVID-19 highlighted the potential value of improving knowledge sharing (KS) processes among hospital estates and facilities management (HEFM) departments. Organisational trust (OT) is a recognised predictor of KS interactions, but the interplay of impersonal and interpersonal OT components is yet to be investigated fully. In response to re...
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Business Ecosystem has been identified as a key role in technology management as competition within technology industries is shifting from the company level to the ecosystem level. Various studies have identified leading stakeholder as fundamental players in ecosystems, providing little attention on their roles of developing ecosystem from an early...
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Various studies have identified leading stakeholder as fundamental players in ecosystems, however, providing little attention on how it develop ecosystem from an early stage. Therefore, this study aims to explore how the business ecosystem is shaped by leading stakeholder during technology-based industrial emergence and entrepreneurial stages. Cas...
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The COVID‐19 pandemic caused severe ventilator shortages in many healthcare systems worldwide. The UK government reacted to this with a three‐pronged approach of importing, up‐scaling existing production and supporting new design projects. The latter two parts – labelled the UK Ventilator Challenge – included over 50 companies from various sectors...
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This chapter highlights the present and projected impact of additive manufacturing technologies on the sports ecosystem. Beiderbeck, Krüger, and Minshall first describe the process- and product-related advantages that derive from additive manufacturing in general. Then, they introduce an additive manufacturing sports application matrix, which serve...
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Drawing on the mixed methods of qualitative research and agent‐based simulation, this study examines: (a) how end‐users use digital platforms to become customer–entrepreneurs undertaking commercial activities on platforms; and (b) how platform providers can convert this customer entrepreneurship into a revenue stream. Considering that end‐users hav...
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Innovation clusters continue to be an important focus of economic development policies in many nations. Leading innovation clusters demonstrate that regional concentration strengthens the innovative capability and can lead to successful competitiveness on a global level, as demonstrated by regions such as Silicon Valley (US), Cambridge (UK) and Sop...
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Many studies on standardisation have explored the relationship between standardisation activities and innovation. Yet, there is very little empirical studies showing that standardisation can make firm`s knowledge visible thus it will positively affect innovation collaboration between firms. To address this, the current study attempts to empirically...
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Although the notion of skills is central to discussions of innovation management, both scholarly and applied, there is little consensus on what skills precisely mean. To close this gap, we put forward a framework to clarify a hitherto elusive concept of skills along with a cohort of related organizational resources (i.e. knowledge, artefacts, cultu...
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Intelligent technologies are leading to the next wave of industrial revolution in manufacturing. In developed economies, firms are embracing these advanced technologies following a sequential upgrading strategy—from digital manufacturing to smart manufacturing (digital-networked), and then to new-generation intelligent manufacturing paradigms. Howe...
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The emergence of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies is introducing industrial skills deficits and opportunities for new teaching practices in a range of subjects and educational settings. In response, research investigating these practices is emerging across a wide range of education disciplines, but often without reference to stud...
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This chapter provides insights into how open innovation and global product development can add value in a high value engineering environment, and how the impacts can be monitored and managed effectively. The chapter begins by introducing engineering design in a global context, and how open innovation approaches can support value creation and captur...
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Scientists, engineers and other technologists have a crucial role to play in the development and deployment of technology for the economic benefit of society, and also to address challenges facing humanity, such as climate change and resource scarcity. In this context, the management of engineering and technology becomes increasingly important. Tec...
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This chapter aims to shed light on the role of the top executives in open innovation in small firms, providing a microfoundation framework for open innovation adoption, which future research will be able to empirically test. Recognizing that open innovation adoption implies an organizational routine change, we suggest that individuals' characterist...
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This paper presents an exploratory study of how corporate investor and their corporate venture capital (CVC) fund strategies interact as a result of changing competitive challenges. It builds on theories from corporate strategy, and the interaction between innovation, entrepreneurial relationships and CVC funds developed to invest in new ventures a...
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This paper aims to (1) compare implementation considerations and challenges for metal and polymer rapid manufacturing (i.e. the use of additive manufacturing technologies for final part production) for mass customisation and (2) derive decision trees for firms seeking to implement such an approach. Implementation data from 10 case studies from the...
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Many studies have attempted to investigate the potential benefits of open innovation. However, the long-term effects of openness have yet to be demonstrated, even if few researchers hypothesized that high openness could increase firms’ dynamic capabilities and hence their resilience in the face of adversities, such economic downturns. Hence, this a...
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Recent developments around the use of additive manufacturing (AM) for making components and end-products is radically changing the way manufacturing activities are organized. Many researchers are now turning their attention to AM technology and its potential benefits for boosting economic, social, and environmental sustainability. However, there is...
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This paper analyses the relationships of one UK-­‐based research-­‐intensive university with a number of leading multinational firms at different points along parallel processes of organisational development. From this, we have identified approaches used and problems encountered at different stages, and drawn lessons that can support corporate and...
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In a connected world, where successful technological development depends increasingly on collaboration between different partners, effectively utilizing patent data analytics has huge, yet unexploited potential. Given suitable analytics solutions, this high-quality data can be used for decision making on a strategic level in all kind of organizatio...
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The emergence of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies is introducing industrial skills deficits and opportunities for new teaching practices in a range of subjects and educational settings. In response, research investigating these practices is emerging across a wide range of education disciplines, but often without reference to stu...
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The recent advances in digital technologies and in additive manufacturing (AM) in particular are revolutionising our industrial landscape. These changes require new engineering and management skills to exploit fully and sustainably the benefits offered by these advanced technologies. The current talent shortage calls for new education programmes to...
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Innovation ecosystem is receiving increasing attention worldwide. Governments and industrialists are keen to foster innovation ecosystem in order to systematically cultivate favourable environments to encourage local innovators to create knowledge and capture business value. However, innovation ecosystem needs to be specifically attended when facin...
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In small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), where typically the decision making process is highly centralized, important decisions, such as innovation adoption and implementation, will be strongly influenced by Chief Executive Officers (CEOs). Based on Upper Echelon Theory (UET), which emphasizes CEOs’ limited awareness, this chapter shows that a...
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This study explores the process of technology management for an emerging technology at the business ecosystem level. Ecosystem competition has been identified as playing a key role in business competition because competition within technology industries is shifting from the company level to the ecosystem level (Moore, 1993; Adner, 2013). However, r...
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Innovation clusters continue to be an important focus of economic development policies in many nations. Leading innovation clusters demonstrate that regional concentration strengthens the innovative capability and can lead to successful competitiveness on a global level, as demonstrated by regions such as Silicon Valley (US), Cambridge (UK) and Sop...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to increase the understanding of how companies can implement rapid manufacturing (RM) (i.e. the use of additive manufacturing (AM) technologies for final part production) for mass customisation (MC), drawing upon the experiences of firms in the dental sector (one of the major users of AM technologies). Design/...
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A revised version of this article was accepted for publication in "Additive Manufacturing" in October 2018. This revised article can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328573664_Invited_Review_Article_Where_and_how_3D_printing_is_used_in_teaching_and_education
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A revised version of this article was accepted for publication in "Additive Manufacturing" in October 2018. This revised article can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/328573664_Invited_Review_Article_Where_and_how_3D_printing_is_used_in_teaching_and_education
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The literature has shown that open innovation (OI) can be a winning strategy in improving firm performance. However, in order to adopt and implement it, managers need to resolve practical problems, such as understanding the role played by OI capacities and openness on firm performance. In response to these needs, this study aims to investigate the...
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Purpose The paper aims to increase the understanding of how companies can implement Rapid Manufacturing (RM) (i.e. the use of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies for final part production) for mass customisation (MC), drawing upon the experiences of firms in the dental sector (one of the major users of AM technologies). Design/methodology/appr...
Conference Paper
This paper presents an exploratory study of how corporate investors and their corporate venture capital (CVC) fund strategies interact as a result of changing competitive challenges. It builds on theories from corporate strategy, and the interaction between innovation, entrepreneurial relationships and CVC funds developed to invest in new ventures...
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The literature has shown that open innovation (OI) can be a winning strategy in improving firm performance. However, in order to adopt and implement it, managers need to resolve practical problems, such as understanding the role played by OI capacities and openness on firm performance. In response to these needs, this study aims to investigate the...
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This paper presents an exploratory study of how corporate investors and their corporate venture capital (CVC) fund strategies interact as a result of changing competitive challenges. It builds on theories from corporate strategy, and the interaction between innovation, entrepreneurial relationships and CVC funds developed to invest in new ventures...
Technical Report
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This document is one of a series of brief updates on the development of a UK National Strategy for Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing (AM-3DP). Information on the background to the development of the strategy is provided at www.amnationalstrategy.uk. This update summarises a selection of contrasting international approaches to supporting t...
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As part of our EPSRC/ESRC research on digital/additive manufacturing/3D printing (www.dfab.info), outreach and dissemination of our findings is a key part of our activities. This interview was given in response to media interest on the potential risk of terrorists being able to use AM/3DP to print low cost, untraceable weapons.
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Introduction to the Special Issue of Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Volume 102, January 2016. This paper summarises the contributions of the seven papers in the special issue and provides a list of future research questions that could be explored in the domain.
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This paper analyses the relationships of one UK-­based research-­intensive university with a number of leading multinational firms at different points along parallel processes of organisational development. From this, we have identified approaches used and problems encountered at different stages, and drawn lessons that can support corporate and un...
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This study explores how to reconcile science and policy in the wind energy sector by providing a conceptual framework for better understanding evidence-based policymaking (EBPM). Regarding this framework, the core issue is to discover how knowledge is formed over time, and which factors affect this knowledge formation. Comparative cases of wind ind...
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Innovation is often viewed as a key growth driver in multinational corporations. However, it is difficult to measure the attitudes of company executives towards innovation. Using quantitative content analysis, we analyse annual reports of multinational corporations. We infer the emphasis on innovation within the annual reports and therefore the imp...
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This paper analyses the role of communicators in innovation clusters in order to provide a new perspective on clustering dynamics. While previous research included knowledge gathering and information sharing as critical element in the cluster’s successful development, communicative activities have not been analysed empirically. To address this inte...
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Innovation is often viewed as a key growth driver in multinational corporations. However, it is difficult to measure the attitudes of company executives towards innovation. Using quantitative content analysis, we analyse annual reports of multinational corporations. We infer the emphasis on innovation within the annual reports and therefore the imp...
Technical Report
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This document is one of a series of brief updates on the development of a UK National Strategy for Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing (AM-­‐3DP). Information on the background to the development of the strategy is provided at www.amnationalstrategy.uk. This report summarises the initial analysis of evidence collected on barriers and opportunities...
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Advanced manufacturing technologies are changing how and where goods are produced, with established organisational practices and value chains being disrupted by the adoption of these technologies. The 3DP-RDM network has been created to explore the changes caused by such technologies, focusing on the emergence of 3D printing and the effects it is h...
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This research aims to understand the unique International Entrepreneurship strategies for Chinese born-global Enterprises which focus on global emerging economies. Since the introduction of Reform and Opening Up policy set up in 1980s, China has gradually joined the global market and Chinese economy experienced the transition from the Planed Econom...
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Public demonstration projects are used to promote the upscaling of green-manufacturing technologies in China, in order to expedite innovation ‘catch-up’ and transitions to sustainable development. However, these projects are facing implementation challenges, because the relevant barriers are different from traditional demonstrations in new technolo...
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This paper attempts to deepen understanding of the relationship between open innovation (OI) and firm performance in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Based on survey data from 306 Korean innovative SMEs, the results of this study show that: (1) broad and intensive engagement in OI and cooperation with external partners are positively asso...
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Three workshops were run to capture views from a wide range of stakeholders on the perceived barriers to the adoption of additive manufacturing / 3D printing in the UK. This spreadsheet contains the anonymised results of those events.
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With rapid technological progress in additive manufacturing (AM), enterprises are increasingly attempting to utilise the technology for mass customisation. This study investigates the managerial and technical implementation challenges that these companies face. We adopted a qualitative research design with a case study based approach. Data were gat...
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This paper attempts to deepen understanding of the relationship between open innovation (OI) and firm performance in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Based on survey data from 306 Korean innovative SMEs, the results of this study show that: (1) broad and intensive engagement in OI and cooperation with external partners are positively asso...
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IntroductionAdditive manufacturing (AM) - also known under the umbrella term “3D printing” - denotes a family of manufacturing techniques that allow for the generation of arbitrary physical objects layer by layer from digital 3D blueprints. Although several companies have used AM in prototyping for more than 25 years, it was only recently that the...
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Presentation file for "Negative Effects Of Relative Proximity And Absolute Geography On Open Innovation Practices In High-Tech SMEs In The UK"
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This exploratory study addresses a gap in management literature by addressing the role of location in the continuously expanding field of open innovation research. In this context, we analyze potential negative effects of absolute geography and relative proximity on open innovation practices in high-tech small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in...
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This exploratory study addresses a gap in management literature by addressing the role of location in the continuously expanding field of open innovation research. In this context, we analyze potential negative effects of absolute geography and relative proximity on open innovation practices in high-tech small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in...
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This paper investigates the role that publicly funded infrastructure can play in supporting the implementation of open innovation at particular locations. Three case studies of open innovation infrastructure projects in the East of England illustrate contrasting approaches to delivering an infrastructure to support open innovation. The paper analys...
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In small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), where typically the decision making process is highly centralised, important decisions, such as open innovation (OI) adoption, will be strongly influenced by their chief executive officers’ (CEOs) value and perception. Using upper echelon theory, this paper attempts to explore how the top executive’s de...
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Usually, firms that produce innovative global products are discussed within the context of developed countries. New ventures in developing countries are typically viewed as low-cost product providers that generate technologically similar products to those produced by developed economies. However, this paper argues that some Chinese university spin-...
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With growing interest in open R&D strategies and its broad adoption in practice, many studies have attempted to investigate its general characteristics and potential benefits. However, as main stream research has remained at case studies or cross-sectional data analysis, it is still not clear whether or not open R&D strategy results in better firm...
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The challenges of partnerships between large and small companies are explored and suggestions from case studies that might be of help in overcoming them are made. The difficulties are explored from both the large and small companies perspectives. Culture, complexity and communication problems are explored. Case studies of open-innovation partnershi...
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Innovation clusters continue to be an important focus of economic development policies in many nations. Leading innovation clusters demonstrate that regional concentration strengthens the innovative capability and can lead to successful competitiveness on a global level, as demonstrated by regions such as Silicon Valley (US), Cambridge (UK) and Sop...
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As a challenge to traditional theories, some university science parks (USPs) in emerging countries appear to show their capabilities in knowledge transfer recently. This paper, therefore, aims to explore the attributes that are required for these USPs in emerging countries to better promote knowledge transfer. This paper develops an analytical fram...
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A key element in the development of a technology, a company or an industry is the availability of finance. While much effort has been directed at understanding the roles of venture capital, angel investment and public investment, there does not appear to be much analysis of the industry-level effects as a new industry is emerging. In this chapter,...