Academic Press Release - Dr Ian Harris

12 May 2014

SMB academic, Dr Ian Harris secures a funded research project investigating informal communications pathways between structurally supported and independent business support agencies in the mid and north Wales areas.

Dr Harris noted that “identifying these nodes of influence and communication flows across the formal and informal cohort of providers is an important foundation in understanding how nodes may be used to more effectively communicate in rurally based business networks.”  A further strand of research will investigate connections between significant employers in the region and their engagement/communications with education providers to offset common skills/competences shortages.

The research is co-funded by the NPTC group, and The North and Mid Wales Reaching Wider Partnership.

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