Dr Gareth Davies is an Associate Professor in Swansea University’s School of Management, with research interests in innovation management and regional economic development.

He was seconded to support the Welsh Government’s Knowledge Economy Nexus review of academic-industrial links, and has since worked on projects around the world to develop science park and technology transfer models. Recently this work has included Interreg-funded Atlantic Arc and Wales-Ireland programme activity to develop the concept of applying knowledge networks for innovation, which is now being adapted for use across a range of sectors.

He has also worked on a broad range of industry and government funded projects using disruptive technologies for partners ranging from micro-businesses through to major multinationals, across sectors from construction to creative industries. Alongside his academic role, he has practitioner interests, including recently with the Swansea Bay City Region Internet Coast City Deal, the AgorIP commercialisation initiative, the Accelerate initiative, and the RE&I workstream of the ARCH (A Regional Collaboration for Health).

Publications

  1. Davies, G., Bolton, D. Future-proofing the University’s relevance in a region’s post-Covid Knowledge Economy (Ed.), Responding to Covid-19: The University of the Future
  2. Flanagan, J., Davies, G., Doneddu, D. A Review of a Distributed High Performance Computing Implementation Journal of Information Technology Case and Application Review
  3. Davies, G., Clement, R., Huxtable-Thomas, L., Johnson, G., Perkins, B., Roderick, S., Gregory, J., Rodde, B., Daniels, J. Life Sciences and Health in South West Wales: A Sub-regional Innovation Ecosystem (Ed.), Entrepreneurial Learning City Regions 267 292 Switzerland Springer
  4. Davies, G., Roderick, S., Huxtable-Thomas, L. Social commerce Open Innovation in healthcare management: an exploration from a novel technology transfer approach Journal of Strategic Marketing 27 4 356 367
  5. Shareef, M., Dwivedi, Y., Kumar, V., Davies, G., Rana, N., Baabdullah, A. Purchase intention in an electronic commerce environment Information Technology & People

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Teaching

  • MN-3016 Innovation Management

    Innovation is the lifeblood of the global economy. This module provides an overview of the innovation process in organisations.

  • MN-3058 Innovation Management - Fundamentals

    Innovation is the lifeblood of the global economy, and of particular importance in science and technology-based sectors. This module provides an overview of the innovation process in organisations, including key concepts of Open Innovation, Collaboration and New Product/Service Development.

  • MN-M522 Strategy

    This module provides an introduction to the basic frameworks and concepts used in modern business.

  • MN-M581 Enterprise, Innovation and Intellectual Property

    This module will explore the key concepts of innovation as applied to the creation, development and operation of an organisation, with particular focus on tech, high tech small as well as large firms. Legal (principles and purpose of company law) and financial (an understanding of strategic financing and the structuring of engineering entities) frameworks associated with the commercialisation of products will be introduced. Creativity within the context of new venture/division development, and the concept of entrepreneurial leadership will be explored.

  • MN-M594 Innovation Management

    Innovation is the lifeblood of the global economy. This module aims to investigate the innovation process in organisations how innovation can be encouraged and managed to generate successful new products and services.

  • MN-MBA02 Navigating Innovation & Change

    This module brings the latest insights from the areas of innovation and organisational change management and aims to equip students with the knowledge and tools to navigate key challenges within this space. With a focus on co-creation of value, the module will examine approaches to the realisation of new goods, services and processes. Set against a backdrop of rapid technological, global, social and cultural change, students will examine innovation, organisational culture and change through the multidisciplinary perspectives of management, psychology, economics and sociology. Successful companies and organisations of all sizes are typically characterised by innovation and the ability to be agile. This is increasingly important in today¿s global marketplace but brings with it challenges to product and service development, as well as change in organisational structures, operations and human behaviour. This module will equip students with the knowledge and skills to engage in the effective development of new products and services delivering value through navigating the innovation lifecycle, open collaboration and developing organisational structures that support rapid and sustainable change. The module is divided into five key themes: [1] Key theories of innovation, strategy and core processes [2] Innovation networks and multidisciplinary approaches [3] Disruptive forces [4] People, culture and change [5] Product and service design agility Based on this learning, students will develop a business case to successfully navigate and overcome a series of contemporary challenges in the pursuit of new product or service development. This authentic assessment reflects practice across sectors, and allows the full range of learning outcomes to be tested. The module will develop managerial skills, synergistic thinking, critical evaluation and research skills. Students are required to think beyond the current parameters of business subjects to endorse their work. The module is also highly complementary to strategic and leadership elements of the MBA programme.

  • PMNM05 Research Design and Ethics

    This module provides a broad overview of various research methods, approaches and ethical considerations that could be used within the life sciences (with a specific focus on nanomedicine). This includes formulating answerable questions, searching for evidence and critical appraisal, research design decision making, introduction to statistical analysis and research ethics.

Supervision

  • 'A THEORETICAL APPROACH TO INDUSTRY 4.0 ADOPTION: ENABLERS, INHIBITORS AND SKILLS NEEDED' (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Gethin
  • An action research approach to designing a FE and industry intervention programme to attract and develop talent for the health and life science sectors in the south west region of Wales (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Keith Lloyd
    Other supervisor: Prof Keith Lloyd
  • How to increase the efficiency of a complex distribution chain (current)

    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Dr Roderick Thomas
  • The Economics of Aircraft Life (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nicholas Rich
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniele Doneddu
    Other supervisor: Dr Roderick Thomas
  • The impact of dual organisational identity on temporary agency workers in a partner-led environment (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Williams
  • IoT adoption in SME manufacturers (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Jones
  • What are the drivers and barriers to the successful localisation of technology and knowledge transfer in the context of the Port Talbot Enterprise Zone. (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Williams
  • What influences the adoption and use of ventricular assist devices in advanced heart failure in the UK? (current)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniele Doneddu
    Other supervisor: Prof Nicholas Rich
    Other supervisor: Dr Louisa Huxtable-Thomas
  • A Tool to Support Life Science and Health Innovation Management. (awarded 2020)

    PhD
  • Open Innovation Ecosystems: A Multi-Method Assessment of Knowledge Transfer Success (awarded 2020)

    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Williams
  • An investigation of the clinical leadership and management challenges in the implementation of ARCH (A Regional Collaboration for Health) (awarded 2019)

    MSc
  • 'Can third party manufacturing evolve and sustain the life science sector in Wales? The development of an effective third party manufacturing model for Life Sciences.' (awarded 2018)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Marc Clement
  • 'Leadership styles of the Prime Ministers of Malaysia and Singapore:How Transformational leadership affects the success of two nations' (awarded 2018)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Marc Clement
  • 'Addressing 21st Century Healthcare - Review of ARCH potential impact in multiprofessional working' (awarded 2018)

    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Marc Clement