National Productivity Week 27th November 2023 | Visit Website

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When Missions Fail: lessons in ‘high technology’ from post-war Britain

In this lecture at Alliance Manchester Business School, Tom Kelsey will talk about his findings from his report, exploring how any serious strategy for ‘high technology’ in the UK must primarily focus on working with allies and international business.

Industrial strategy is back at the centre of geopolitics. From the UK’s ambition to be a Science and Tech Superpower to the US Inflation Reduction Act, it is widely believed that being on the technological cutting edge is crucial for both economic prosperity and national security.

Tom Kelsey is an ESRC Policy and Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford, currently working on a project aimed at improving policymaking at the intersection of economic prosperity and national security.

This event will held at Alliance Manchester Business School (also available online) and will be facilitated by Professor Richard Jones, Professor of Materials Physics and Innovation Policy, Vice-President for Regional Innovation and Civic Engagement, Co-Investigator of The Productivity Institute, University of Manchester. The Productivity Institute’s Elvira Uyarra will chair the Q&A.


  • 5 December 2023


  • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm