The University of Bradford, School of Management warmly invites friends of Yaba to their last Knowledge Transfer Network of 2020 which will focus on ‘Supporting SMEs in the Context of Covid-19’. 

Date: Monday 7 December

Time:  5 to 6.30pm

Please reserve your place on this link:

Speakers and further information for the session are as below:

Dr Adrian Wright is Deputy Head of the School of Management and the Director of the Institute for Research into Organisations, Work and Employment (iROWE) at the University of Central Lancashire.  Adrian’s research is concerned with understanding the experiences of SMEs and the changing nature of work.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a drastic shift in the way SMEs work. Enforced homeworking due to COVID-19 combined with a lack of good home working practices for the four million northern remote workers have prompted a discussion about how to support SME managers and employees. In collaboration with Regional partners, the University of Central Lancashire’s Centre for SME Development and the Institute for Research into Work and Employment (iROWE) have been carrying the ‘Phoenix’ research project into the impact of Covid-19 on SMEs. Mixed methods research found that while some have enjoyed the flexibility from working from home, others have found it more challenging with tensions including work intensification, loneliness, lack of social interactions and limited, if any, voice amid SMEs and their workforce. This research has led to a set of six remote working principles to support SMEs in remote working to increase ‘good’ work, enhance productivity and support the health and wellbeing of those working within SMEs.

Dr David Spicer is Director of Business and Community Engagement in the School of Management at the University of Bradford.   He is also Senior lecturer in HRM and Programme Leader for the School’s Human Resource Management programmes.  David’s research is concerned with strategic learning and change, focusing currently on strategic adaption in SMEs.

In response to Covid-19, the School of Management has conducted a survey with over 650 responses and 9 focus groups from SMEs and other stakeholders. The session will share some of the key findings from this first phase of research and we would like to discuss these with the KTN and get your insights and input into plans for Phase 2 of this research. Our hope from this work is that we will be able to contribute to recovery plans, support businesses post the current crisis and impact positively on the success of Yorkshire businesses in recovering from COVID-19.