The Business School's excellent working relationship with business is highlighted in its use of the UK government's funding for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs). Academic staff from the school work with companies to design and supervise in-depth projects, building the capabilities and enhancing the profitability of businesses with their specialist knowledge.
A KTP can last up to three years and is based on an agreed project which is planned in advance. A typical project might develop a new marketing capability, assist with strategic planning, set up a human resources system, or work on any other area where the School's expertise can have a positive impact on business performance
After initial discussions, Oxford Brookes applies for government funding which will pay up to 67% of the project cost (and in recent years, all of our applications have been successful). Jointly, the university and the company then recruit a 'KTP Associate' to run the project. The Associate is an ambitious, recent graduate, normally with some commercial experience, who is based in the company, although employed and supervised by the university, and who will drive the project forward.
KTPs benefit organisations of all sizes, from small local companies to multi-national corporations. Public and charitable/voluntary sector organisations are also eligible. For more details of KTPs, see the University's KTP pages.
It's important to note that we are still able to develop partnerships of this nature without the government funding. If we are unsuccessful in securing funding for any reason, then pursuing the project through a consulting relationship is still possible.
Dr Paul Jackson and Dr Diana Limburg from Oxford Brookes Business School, worked with Brethertons LPP, a full service law firm, to help work on Brethertons business systems and how they manage the organisation. Using logic and project planning, a management model was created and implemented. This resulted in Berthertons hiring a new CEO to lead an internal organisation restructure. With the expertise of Dr Paul Jackson and Dr Diana Limburg, along with the openness of Brethertons, they were able to develop a strong partnership. This allowed Brethertons to see the value of investing in time, to view and challenge the way they worked.