Dr Chris FordSenior Lecturer in Accounting & Management
Chris Ford's academic work is oriented towards understanding how value is created through collaborative innovation, how this value is accounted for, and how innovative initiatives are evaluated, managed, and sustained. As well as academic research in this area, Chris advises and consults on these topics for both private sector and government organisations, as part of a long term commitment to making his research impactful, and of value to society. Currently, Chris acts as an academic advisor or committee member to a number of organisations, holding the following positions: Cabinet Office Policy Fellow advising the HM Government Open Innovation Team; sole academic member of the Business Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales; member of the UK Government's 'Connected Digital Twins' Governance and Trust advisory committee; Council Member of the International Management Control Association.
Prior to his return to academia in 2012, Chris worked first as as Corporate Recovery specialist for Deloitte, then spent 15 years running the international mountain bike travel and training company that he founded in 1996. During this time he worked around the world with multiple partner organisations, while also operating at the highest level in outdoor education, coach education and leadership development for two National Governing Bodies of Sport in the UK. Chris has a back catalogue of some 50 magazine and newspaper publications on various coaching and leadership subjects, was a sponsored athlete for Adidas, Trek, and Gore Industries, and his PR claim to fame is that he wrote and starred in the most viewed mountain bike skills coaching video (2.6m hits and rising) of all time!
Chris Ford is committed to undertaking research that has real-world impacts both as an outcome of the work, and as a part of the research process itself. Chris engages in long term relationships with organisations, in order to both support their innovation work, and study it to generate new academic and professional insights. Chris is primarily interested in value creation and evaluation in collaborative or open innovation projects, in particular where a complex mix of financial, social, technological and environmental value needs to be understood and accounted for. To date this work has engaged with national and regional governments, major charities, royalty, big pharma, nuclear, blue-chip financial service companies, universities and telecoms organisations in the UK, Europe, US and Asia. Chris' research has been published in world leading management and innovation journals, including Journal of Management Studies, R&D Management, Industrial Marketing Management, European Management Review and The Design Journal; He has also authored or co-authored multiple specialist publications on innovation and management topics for the Institute of Chartered Accountants, regional governments, and the Government Digital Twin Hub.
Unlocking the value of digital disruption – How small tech start-ups enter profitable industries
01/12/2020 → 30/11/2025
Regional Innovation Ecosystems: Evaluation, Orchestration and Performance
15/03/2019 → …
Catalysing Innovation: Practices, Procesesses and Evaluations of Open Innovation
30/09/2015 → …
Managing Digitally Mediated Business Model Development at the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst
18/05/2015 → 01/11/2015
The Performance of Open Innovation Flagships
01/01/2012 → 30/09/2015
- Centre for Productivity & Efficiency
- Corporate Governance and Auditing