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Bruce Tether is Professor of Innovation Management and Strategy at Manchester Business School (MBS) within the University of Manchester. He is also the Associate Head of Research for the Innovation Management and Policy Division within MBS, and a member of the Executive Board of the UK Innovation Research Centre (UK~IRC) based at the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London. Bruce Tether teaches innovation management and entrepreneurship on the Masters in Management programme and on the Masters in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship programme. He has a research affiliation to the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research.

I am particularly interested in supervising PhD students whose research interests overlap with my own. See my research interest section for details.

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Bruce Tether is Professor of Innovation Management and Strategy at Manchester Business School (MBS) within the University of Manchester. A prosition he has held since October 2011.

Prior to this Bruce Tether was for four years Professor of Design and Innovation at Imperial College Business School in London, where he was also the leader of the design-innovation research team and the Research Director of Design London - a joint venture between Imperial College and the Royal College of Art (RCA). He also taught design and innovation on the MBA and Masters in Management programmes.

Before Imperial Bruce Tether spent a decade at the University of Manchester, rising from Research Fellow (at the ESRC Centre of Research on Innovation and Competition - CRIC) to Full Professor (with a joint appointment at Manchester Business School and CRIC). During this time he also became a Fellow of the UK's Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM).

Prior to Manchester he was for two years a Research Fellow at the Centre for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises at Warwick University’s Business School, and before that an ESRC funded doctoral student at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. He began his research career in 1990 as a Research Associate at the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, which is also his alma mater: he graduated with a first class bachelors degree in economic and social geography, and won the Anson memorial prize for the best dissertation.

Research interests

My research concerns three inter-related themes:

1. Innovation and entrepreneurship through creativity and design, including imagination

2. The competitive dynamics of professional service firms, especially those oriented to design and creativity, such as architecture practices, design and engineering consultancies.

3. How firms make choices regarding their geographical locations for competitive advantage: this concerns strategies of place (i.e., which particular places to locate) and of space (i.e., how to distribute activities over space.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research


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