Gerard Ungerer, a third year PhD student at the Department of Industrial Engineering, took part in a three month exchange program to the University of Bath, United Kingdom. Gerard visited the UK in order to conduct interviews with academics and practitioners on his topic involving the development of a framework aimed at assisting e-business start-up competitive strategy formulation. Whilst in the UK, his research was supervised by Dr Steve Cayzer, the course tutor for Innovation and Technology Management at Bath’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. Apart from the mutual insights gained, this inter-university collaboration effort
also produced a co-authored journal article. Finally, upon disembarking the UK, Gerard visited Washington DC (USA) for additional interviews and further feedback on his developed framework. The University of Bath is one of the UK’s leading universities and has been voted number one for student satisfaction in the UK’s national student survey for the last two consecutive years. The university has a beautiful modern campus, a strong academic and sport culture, friendly academic staff, vibrant and enterprising students, and an impressive array of societies and social events on offer. Currently, more than 25 percent of Bath’s students come from outside the UK and represent over 100 nationalities. This research exchange was made possible by the University of Bath’s Global Partner Research Scholarship Scheme that drives their internationalization strategy.