Skip to content

Management Division Seminar Series

Event icon

A new model of knowledge and innovative capability development for small born-global bio-tech firms: evidence from the East Midlands, UK

  • From: Wednesday 21 October 2015, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 21 October 2015, 2.30 pm
  • Location: Newton N22B, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Download this event to your calendar

Past event

Event details

A new model of knowledge and innovative capability development for small born-global bio-tech firms: evidence from the East Midlands, UK

Dr Amon Simba, Nottingham Business School


In the last two decades, the rapid transformation in information and communication technologies together with the adoption of more liberal structures governing trade as well as the modularisation of production and services has resulted in the proliferation of small born-global bio-tech firms. The firms have an international flair and they rapidly globalise their operations. Their strategic intent is to develop unique innovative capabilities through networking. In science-based industries such as the biotechnology sector the ability to innovate can only occur if a firm is able to both generate and integrate knowledge from inside and outside its boundaries. In that respect, this article utilises a multi-case approach to construct a frame of reference for developing innovative capabilities that complement firm-based competences. The main focus is on small born-global bio-tech firms in the East Midlands region of the UK. The newly developed framework is invaluable to researchers, small born-global bio-tech and large bio-pharmaceutical firms. More so, it contributes to the concepts of dynamic capabilities and networking.

About the author:

Dr Amon Simba is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Strategy within the Division of Management at Nottingham Business School, NTU. He completed his PhD in Business Management (Entrepreneurship and Innovation) at NTU in 2014 where he has been teaching as an associate lecturer since 2010. His research focuses on born-global firms/international new ventures (INVs), strategic management, entrepreneurship and regional economics. Amon is an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (JSBE). He is also a reviewer for the European International Business Academy (EIBA), JSBE and the International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement (IIBA). He has external links with the Swiss Hotel Management University Centre in Switzerland where he conducts guest lectures on research methods on a yearly basis. His publications feature in internationally-recognised journals including: Local Economy, Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Int. J. Entrepreneurship and Small Business and Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge. Amon’s publications include the one that recently won him the Dean’s award for the best paper by an early career researcher in the recent NBS Research Celebration event.

Please book your place by emailing Michael Zhang

Location details


Newton N22B, Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

Past event

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418