Knowledge Transfer Partnership


Edinburgh Napier University Business School and the Voluntary Action Fund



The Voluntary Action Fund and Edinburgh Napier University Business School completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)* in May 2017, part funded by Innovate UK.

The aim of the project was to look at the changing nature of responsible business in Scotland and it how it aligns with the real and emerging needs faced by communities and society in Scotland.

The academic research conducted at the start of the project found that there was a lack of connectivity between the Public, Private and Third Sector approaches to responsible giving activities (formally known as Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR).  The second phase of the project highlighted one of the key trends arising from the research was the importance of SME’s and family owned businesses.  They operate at heart of Scotland’s communities and are in a unique position to ensure that their responsible giving activities benefit the community in which they operate.  Responsible giving can also provide benefits to them in terms of raising brand awareness and profile.

*A KTP is part of a UK Government Scheme to support major knowledge-based strategic programmes and developments. There are currently KTPs operating across the public, private and third sectors in the UK.  A key part of a KTP is a partnership with an academic institution to access knowledge, develop the new product/market and support an Associate who will undertake the work.

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