University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Dr Felicia Fai

Dr Felica Fai

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Leading Refereed Journal Papers

BA Hons), MA, PhD, SFHEA

Job Title:

Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in International Business and Innovation

Affiliated Research Centre:

Centre for Business, Organizations and Society (CBOS)


Strategy & Organisation

Key Research Interests:

Innovation, networks, regional growth, national competitiveness

Research Interests

My current research interests lie in understanding how 'openness' (varying from organisational partnerships, through networks to business ecosystems) enables innovation to drive economic growth. I consider this issue at various levels (organisation, industry, region and nation).

My interest originates in my expertise in the development of corporate technological competence and the importance of having both a set of core competences and a diverse technological base for corporate longevity in a range of manufacturing industries. The diversity of their technological competences enables firms to recognise the potential of other firms as future partners for innovative purposes and to work with them; the subset of core competences, enable a firm to develop specialist expertise in an area which make them attractive as partners to others.

Over time the concept of increasing 'openness' has extended my interests from partnerships in a dyadic setting to one with numerous relationships of varying strengths, resulting in my interest in networks and business ecosystems. The latter may extend across numerous boundaries at the organisational, industrial, regional and national levels.

I would welcome approaches from potential PhD students and researchers with interests in this area.

PhD Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students with an interest in adopting a competence-based perspective on technological innovation, R&D and networks.



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Leading Refereed Journal Papers

Tomlinson, P. R. & Fai, F. M. 2016. The Impact of Deep Vertical Supply Chain Relationships upon Focal-Firm Innovation Performance. R and D Management, 46(S1): 277-290, DOI: 10.1111/radm.12181.

Tomlinson, P. R. & Fai, F. 2013. The nature of SME Co-operation and innovation: a multi-scalar and multi-dimensional analysis. International Journal of Production Economics, 141(1): 316-326, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2012.08.012.

McGuire, S., Fai, F. & Ozaki, T. 2010. Path Dependence as a Political Construct, the Disruptive Influence of Technology and Japanese Aerospace. International Journal of Technology Management, (Special Issue on “Aeronautics and Medium-Technologies: Clusters, Proximities and International Connections”), 50(3-4): 367-79. DOI: 10.1504/IJTM.2010.032682.

► older publications

Mendonça, S. & Fai, F. M. 2007. . Decomposing technological change at the twilight of the twentieth century: evidence and lessons from the world’s largest innovating firms. Innovation: Management, Policy and Practice, 9(3-4): 311-323, DOI: 10.5172/impp.2007.9.3-4.311.

Fai, F. M. 2007. A structural decomposition analysis of technological opportunity and leadership. Industrial and Corporate Change, 16(6): 1069-1103, DOI: 10.1093/icc/dtm032.

Morgan, E. J. & Fai, F. M. 2007. . Innovation, competition and change in international business: emergent research trajectories. Management International Review. (Special issue on Innovation, Competition and Change), 47(5):631-638, DOI: 10.1007/s11575-007-0037-x.

Fai, F. M. & Morgan, E. J. 2007. Innovation, competition and regulatory change: assessing interrelationships at the industry level. Management International Review, (Special issue on Innovation, Competition and Change), 47(5): 767-785, DOI: 10.1007/s11575-007-0044-y.

Duanmu, J. L. & Fai, F. M. 2007. . A processual analysis of knowledge transfer: from foreign MNEs to Chinese suppliers. International Business Review, 16(4): 449-473, DOI: 10.1016/j.ibusrev.2007.04.004.

Brown, S. & Fai, F. M. 2006. Strategic resonance between technological and organizational capabilities in the innovation process within firms. Technovation, 26(1): 60-75, DOI: 10.1016/j.technovation.2004.08.008.

Fai, F. M. 2005. Using intellectual property data to analyse China’s growing technological capabilities. World Patent Information, 27(1): 49-61, DOI: 10.1016/j.wpi.2004.08.004.

Fai, F. M. & von Tunzelmann, G. N. 2001. Industry-specific competencies and converging technological systems: evidence from patents. Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, 12(2): 141-170, DOI: 10.1016/S0954-349X(00)00035-7.

Fai, F. M. & von Tunzelmann, G. N. 2001. Scale and scope in technology: large firms 1930/1990. Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 10(4): 255-288, DOI: 10.1080/10438590100000011.


Fai, F. M., & Morgan, E. J. (Eds.). 2006. Managerial Issues in International Business. International Business Series. external website: 215. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.

Fai, F. M. 2003. Corporate Technological Competence and the Evolution of Technological Diversification. external website: 194. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.