Dr Steve Conway

Dr Steve Conway

Associate Professor in Innovation

 

Room 1.24, Level One, Fielding Johnson Building

Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1905

Email: sc573@le.ac.uk

 

Personal details

I studied management and computer science for my first degree at Aston Business School, before working for several years at Hewlett Packard in financial systems support and software development. I then returned to Aston to undertake an MBA and then a PhD, sponsored by an ESRC/SERC scholarship.

I have had various academic posts at Aston Business School, the University of Leicester School of Management, and the University of Bath School of Management.

I rejoined the University of Leicester in October 2014, and I am currently an Associate Professor in Innovation and Co-Director of Learning and Teaching.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Co-Director of Learning and Teaching
  • Distance Learning Summer School Academic Lead

Teaching

Office hours: TBC

  • MN3133 The Management and Shaping of Innovation (UG 3rd Year elective)
  • MN3110 Managing Knowledge in Organisations (UG 3rd Year elective)
  • MN7319 The Management and Shaping of Innovation (PG elective)
  • MN7205 Business Ethics in a Global Context (MBA)

Publications

Recent

Conway, S. (2015) ‘Revealing and Mapping Networks: Potential Opportunities and Pitfalls for Book Trade History’ in Historical Networks in the Book Trade, Hinks, J. and Feely, C. (eds.), Pickering & Chatto Publishers: London (in press).

Conway, S. (2014) ‘A Cautionary Note on Data Inputs and Visual Outputs in Social Network Analysis’, British Journal of Management, 25 (1): 102-117.

Conway, S. (2014) 'Innovation in Service Organizations' in Wiley Encyclopedia of Management: Volume 10 – Operations Management, 3rd Edition, Lewis, M., Slack, N., and Roden, S. (eds.), Chichester, England: Wiley.

Conway, S. (2014) ‘Organizing for Innovation’ in Wiley Encyclopedia of Management: Volume 10 – Operations Management, 3rd Edition, Lewis, M., Slack, N., and Roden, S. (eds.), Chichester, England: Wiley.

Conway, S. and Jones, O. (2012) ‘Entrepreneurship Networks and the Small Business’ in Enterprise and Small Business: Principles, Policy and Practice, 3rd Edition, Carter, S. and Jones-Evans, D. (eds.), FT-Prentice Hall: London, pp. 338-361.

Conway, S. and Steward, F. (2009) ‘Managing and Shaping Innovation’, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Full listing of publications

Conway, S. (2015) ‘Revealing and Mapping Networks: Potential Opportunities and Pitfalls for Book Trade History’ in Historical Networks in the Book Trade, Hinks, J. and Feely, C. (eds.), Pickering & Chatto Publishers: London (in press).

Conway, S. (2014) ‘A Cautionary Note on Data Inputs and Visual Outputs in Social Network Analysis’, British Journal of Management, 25 (1): 102-117.

Conway, S. (2014) 'Innovation in Service Organizations' in Wiley Encyclopedia of Management: Volume 10 – Operations Management, 3rd Edition, Lewis, M., Slack, N., and Roden, S. (eds.), Chichester, England: Wiley.

Conway, S. (2014) ‘Organizing for Innovation’ in Wiley Encyclopedia of Management: Volume 10 – Operations Management, 3rd Edition, Lewis, M., Slack, N., and Roden, S. (eds.), Chichester, England: Wiley.

Conway, S. and Jones, O. (2012) ‘Entrepreneurship Networks and the Small Business’ in Enterprise and Small Business: Principles, Policy and Practice, 3rd Edition, Carter, S. and Jones-Evans, D. (eds.), FT-Prentice Hall: London, pp. 338-361.

Conway, S. and Steward, F. (2009) ‘Managing and Shaping Innovation’, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Jones, O., Sharifi, S. and Conway, S. (2006) ‘Accounting for Organization: Round-up the Usual Suspects’, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 17: 283-304.

Jones, O. and Conway, S. (2004) ‘The International Reach of Entrepreneurial Social Networks: The Case of James Dyson in the UK’ in International Entrepreneurship in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises: Orientation, Environment and Strategy, Volume 3, Etemad, H. (ed.), McGill International Entrepreneurship Series, Edward Elgar, pp. 87-106.

Conway, S., Combe, I. and Crowther, D. (2003) ‘Strategizing Networks of Power and Influence: the Internet and the Struggle Over Contested Space’, Managerial Auditing Journal, 18 (3): 254-62.

Jones, O., Conway, S. and Steward, F. (eds.) (2001) Social Interaction and Organisational Change: Aston Perspectives on Innovation Networks, Imperial Press: London.

Conway, S. (2001) ‘Employing Social Network Mapping to Reveal Tensions Between Informal and Formal Organisation’ in Social Interaction and Organisational Change: Aston Perspectives on Innovation Networks, Jones, O., Conway, S. and Steward, F. (eds.), Imperial Press: London, pp. 81-123.

Conway, S., Jones, O. and Steward, F. (2001) ‘Realising the Potential of the Social Network Perspective in Innovation Studies’ in Social Interaction and Organisational Change: Aston Perspectives on Innovation Networks, Jones, O., Conway, S. and Steward, F. (eds.), Imperial Press: London, pp. 349-66.

Steward, F. and Conway, S. (2000) ‘Building Networks for Promoting Technology Diffusion in Europe: Learning from the EU Specific Project Action Line’, Enterprise and Innovation Management Journal, 1 (3): 281-301.

Steward, F. and Conway, S. (1998) ‘Situating Discourse in Environmental Innovation Networks’, Organization, 5 (4): 483-506.

Conway, S. and Steward, F. (1998) ‘Mapping Innovation Networks’, International Journal of Innovation Management, 2 (2): 165-96.

Conway, S. and Steward, F. (1998) ‘Networks and Interfaces in Environmental Innovation: A Comparative Study in the UK and Germany’, Journal of High Technology Management Research, 9 (2): 239-253.

Jones, O., Conway, S. and Steward, F. (1998) ‘Social Interaction and Innovation Networks’, International Journal of Innovation Management, 2 (2): 123-36.

Conway, S. and Steward, F. (1998) ‘R&D Networks in Environmental Innovation: A Comparative Study in the UK and Germany’ in Management and Technology, Volume 5, Garcia, C. and Sanz-Menendez, L. (eds.), Social Sciences Series, European Commission, Luxembourg, pp. 192-211.

Conway, S. (1997) ‘Strategic Personal Links in Successful Innovation: Link-pins, Bridges, and Liaisons’, Creativity and Innovation Management, 6 (4): 226-33.

Conway, S. (1997) ‘Informal Networks of Relationships in Successful Small Firm Innovation’ in Technology, Innovation and Enterprise: The European Experience, Jones-Evans, D. and Klofsten, M. (eds.), MacMillan, pp. 236-73.

Conway, S. and Steward, F. (1997) ‘Building Networks for Cross-Border Technology Diffusion’ in Managing Technological Knowledge Transfer, Volume 4, Campodall’Orto, S. (ed.), Social Sciences Series, European Commission Directorate General XIII, Luxembourg, pp. 171-96.

Steward, F. and Conway, S. (1996) ‘Informal Networks in the Origination of Successful Innovations’ in Technological Collaboration: The Dynamics of Cooperation in Industrial Innovation, Coombs, R., Saviotti, P., Richards, A. and Walsh, V. (eds.), Edward Elgar, pp. 201-21.

Conway, S. (1995) ‘Informal Boundary-Spanning Networks in Successful Technological Innovation’, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 7 (3): 327-42.

Steward, F., Conway, S. and Overton, M. (1995) ‘Actors and Interactions in the Management of Innovation: Analysing Network Nodes and Links’ in Designs, Networks and Strategies, Volume 2, MacLean, D., Saviotti, P. and Vinck, D. (eds.), Social Sciences Series, European Commission Directorate General XIII, Luxembourg.

Steward, F., Conway, S. and Overton, M. (1994) ‘Depicting Innovation Networks’ in Designs, Networks and Strategies, Volume 1, Francis, A., Horte, S. and Pedersen, J. (eds.), Commission of the European Communities, pp. 185-201.

Research

I am interested in the nature and role of social and organisational networks in innovation, entrepreneurship, and knowledge creation and sharing. I also have an interest in the graphical representation of such networks.

I have a growing interest in innovation within the public and not-for-profit sectors, service innovation, and emotion related to the innovation process. I have researched and published across these areas, including my co-authored book for Oxford University Press, concerning the management and shaping of innovation.

I have been co-applicant on a number of successful grant applications, receiving funding from the ESRC and various EC programmes, and more recently from the British Academy / Leverhulme and the WEAHSN (West of England Academic Health Science Network).

The current British Academy / Leverhulme project concerns governance mechanisms within collaborative innovation projects between public sector organisations and third parties, and is a collaboration with Dr. Jens Roehrich of the University of Bath School of Management, where I am also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow.

The WEAHSN project is investigating innovation networks within health sector supply chains, and is a collaboration between the University of Cardiff, the University of Bath, the University of Bristol, and UWE.

Supervision

I have supervised a number of PhDs to successful completion at Bath, Leicester, and Aston.

I am interested in hearing from prospective PhD students within the broad area of innovation.

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