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Julie Thomson PhD, is a Lecturer in Innovation & Creativity and Operations Management in the Department of Management and HRM, Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). She has a BSc in Medical Biochemistry, an MSc in Technology Management, a PhD in Open Innovation and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
Julie is primarily a qualitative researcher and works across interdisciplinary areas in business management as well as health and life sciences to investigate societal issues – Julie sees herself as a flexible researcher engaging in multiple disciplines. She collaborates across schools within her own institution, currently engaging in research related to understanding creativity in pre-school children, related to developing resilient citizens of the future. She is also leading an international collaboration between GCU, Birmingham City University and The Institute for Technical Logistics in Hamburg on the impact of Brexit on European Supply Chains.
Julie engages in research related to social innovation, working with 3 colleagues in GSBS to understand failure in rural social enterprises. She has engaged in research via a Research and Knowledge Exchange (RAKE) ESRC sponsored grant awarded by the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) entitled Putting Value on Innovation through an Asset Based Community Approach: Action Research on the Grow Trust. Her innovation voucher with Neilston Community Development Trust investigated an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach to supporting communities.
In her doctoral work, Julie investigated Open Innovation mechanisms in the Scotland’s Medical Technology sector and developed a Technology Valorisation framework to support businesses to be more systematic in engaging in open innovation and thus capturing more value from the process. She is currently supervising a PhD looking at Open models of Social Innovation.
Julie actively supervised doctoral students and has supervised 4 students to completion (3 PhD, 1 DBA) in the areas of; Entrepreneurial Education in Iran, Converged Service Models within UK Higher Education, Asset Based Community Development and Economic Democracy and Breast Cancer & Exercise.
In her teaching, Julie is keen to enable her research to impact her teaching and support students to gain real world experience, in line with the universities goal of imbedding the principles of responsible management education (PRME) across her teaching. She is currently leading a 2020 Student Experience Scholarship project investigating the impact of student attendance on their academic performance, to understand if our current delivery models support today’s student needs. She has engaged in 3 Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects with collaborations between GCU students and students in Kansai, Japan and New York, USA related to innovation and international trade.
Julie’s has an industry background working in a Medical Diagnostic company in product development, technical support and project management for a number of years before joining the higher education sector as a Knowledge Transfer Officer. She is industry focused and actively engages in knowledge transfer via innovation vouchers. She is a Business Advisor on Open Innovator for the Cultural Enterprise Office, currently participating in their short life working group on Education for graduates in the creative sector.
In the creative sector Julie is involved in collaborative research across 7 international partner organisation on the Interreg European funded project, 4HCreat, led by GCU to investigate a quadruple helix approach to stimulate innovation in Cultural & Creative SMEs in the Atlantic areas, with a focus on developing innovative solutions for Generation Z.
Julie has presented her research at four conferences in 2017-18: Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), Belfast; Regeneration, Enterprise, Sport and Tourism (REST), Liverpool; Social Policy Association (SPA), York; and Education Scotland’s Scottish Learning Festival, Glasgow.
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):
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Project: Knowledge Exchange
A case-based transformative framework for online collaborative and international entrepreneurship educationSmith, A. M. J., Roberts, J., Kole, M. S. & Campbell-Perry, S., Mar 2022, Technology and Entrepreneurship Education: Adopting Creative Digital Approaches to Learning and Teaching. Hyams-Ssekasi, D. & Yasin, N. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan Ltd., p. 207-225 19 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review
How businesses need to get creative if they want to survive coronavirus – and any other crisis in futureThomson, J. C., 1 Oct 2020, The Conversation.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publication › Article
The effect of autonomy in sustaining social entrepreneurial intention through management education: the cases of Malaysia and ScotlandStouraitis, V., Thomson, J., Tsanis, K., Mior Harris, M. H. & Kyritsis, M., 2 Sep 2020, British Academy of Management 2020 Conference Proceedings. 34 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contributionOpen AccessFile21 Downloads (Pure)
Henderson, F., Whittam, G., Smith, A. & Thomson, J., 11 Sep 2018, (Unpublished).
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper › peer-review
Julie Thomson (Referee)2014
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work › Publication peer-review