Patrick has an BSc in Economics, an MSc in Enterprise and Business Creation, and an MRes in Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems. He has completed three dissertations. The first investigates the government policies required to effectively disseminate emerging technologies across an economy. The second investigates the psychological antecedents of graduate students deciding to become an entrepreneur when faced with an entrepreneurial opportunity. The third investigates the impact of pronouncing an entrepreneurial opportunity to customers on an online blog. Patrick intends to become an entrepreneurship researcher, with the guidance of AAPS CDT and his supervisors, whose research can be applied by practitioners within established organisations.
Patrick has previously worked as a research assistant for the Department of Economics at the University of East Anglia, a research consultant for a high-tech start-up, and as a Student Union representative at the University of Bath. He currently works as a research assistant for the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath.
When employees pitch their radical business opportunities to resource holders, they are likely to use language in a way that is inconsistent with the current language around strategic priorities. This way of using language may mean that the resource holders imagine the meaning and image of the opportunity in a way that is inconsistent with what the employee intended. This miscommunication leads to inefficiencies in the evaluation and selection process of new venture projects and may lead the organization to miss on the exploration of new opportunities. The aim of this research project is to understand how this type of miscommunication is being or can be prevented through collaborative communication processes between the two parties. In addition, the development of a framework for facilitating internal conversations about radical business opportunities.
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