Knowledge exchange

The business school participates in a range of programmes though which organisations can access our expertise, knowledge and research:

Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

A KTP is a three-way partnership between a business that has a significant strategic challenge, UK University and a recently qualified graduate (Associate).

Any size of company can apply. To succeed, your project needs to be strategic and have the potential to transform your business. Your academic partner will provide the expertise and knowledge required to deliver the project. If your application is successful, an Associate based on your site will work to help bring your plans to life embedding the expertise of the academic team and utilising their own skills to deliver a project which could mean anything from creating new systems and frameworks, improving staff and process efficiency to developing new offerings or markets.  KTP project duration can range from 12 - 36 months, depending on the type of project. Our knowledge exchange managers and KTP advisers can help support the development of your proposal.

The typical annual budget for a KTP project is £64,000 of which a company pays approximately £22,000, depending on the size of the business, with the balance supported by a government grant. That’s great value, especially as evidence show that businesses, who invest in R&D grow twice as fast and have higher exports compared to non-innovators.

To find out more about how KTP can ignite innovation in your business, call 0161 306 6000
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Case study - HMG Paints Limited

Client HMG Paints Limited
Business UK's largest independent paint manufacturer
Background HMG Paints required help developing and implementing strategic planning to assist it to exploit its innovation and gain a deeper understanding of its market's needs.
Objectives To redesign its innovation management process, review its development and review procedures.
Benefits to client The ability to identify non-viable products and to decide where to direct resources and how to target new products and markets.
Client view "The KTP has helped HMG to use a more evidence-based decision-making approach to business. As a result we have been able to re-position the company in the marketplace, culminating in an increased turnover." - John Falder, Managing Director, HMG Paints
Academic view "Through working with HMG Paints I have been able to gain a better understanding of the service experience in the manufacturing sector. I have also been able to experience, first hand, the realities of operating in the business world and to broaden my knowledge regarding business-to-business networks and the distributor sector." - Dr Judy Zolkiewski, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, Alliance Manchester Business School

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Knowledge Exchange

To support the development of new partnerships between businesses and universities, the ESRC offers funding assistance for year-long projects through which academic expertise and knowledge are shared with industry and/or new research is undertaken.

Further information regarding the scheme can be obtained from the ESRC's website.

Case study - Hay Group

Client Hay Group UK
Business Global management consultancy firm
Background Hay Group wished to design and deliver a workshop on executive pay, fairness and employee engagement.
Objectives To invite senior managers from large European corporations to consider the unintended consequences of action at individual firm level, raise fundamental issues about how to deliver shareholder value without frustrating stakeholder expectations, and discuss how managers are and should be incentivised.
Benefits to client As well as 300 hours of free consultancy, the client had access to MBA’s wide network of contacts and gained a fresh, business-oriented perspective on its strategy.
Client view "We found the participation of CRESC and Alliance Manchester Business School academic gave our event a different flavour. In particular, they offered an evidence-based, rather than prejudice based, critique of how executive pay has developed over the recent past and some key social, political and economic context for the ongoing debate on the future of executive pay." - Peter Boreham, Head of Executive Reward Hay Group UK
Participant view "The event was the first I've attended which really provided evidence-based insights into the wider social and political dimensions of the current executive pay debate. Highly relevant and topical to the issues currently on the agenda for our remuneration committee, I found the session useful and very interesting." - Paul Farley, Head of Reward, BAE Systems

Collaborative CASE studentships

Funders, including the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and the ESRC offer collaborative studentships which provide PhD students with access to training, facilities and expertise to assist them in developing their range of skills and to enhance their future employability. Collaborative CASE studentships involve an industrial partner, who will mutually benefit from the research undertaken, and typically last 3-3.5 years.

For further details regarding CASE studentships funded by the ESRC please contact Carole Douguedroit-Arrowsmith by email: or telephone: 0161 306 1114.
For further details regarding CASE studentships funded by the EPSRC please contact Lee Wilkinson by email: or telephone: 0161 306 8990.