Professor Palie K Smart

PG Cert, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)

  • BS8 1SD


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Research interests

Head of School


Professor Palie Smart's research and teaching interests are in the fields of operations and innovation management. Current research is focussed on new models of innovation for industrial sustainability in partnership with The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), The Engineering Employers Federation (EEF UK/Europe), The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Accenture Sustainability Consulting and The Academy of Business (ABIS) in Society.

She has published in various world leading and internationally excellent journals - Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) and Global Top 50 Financial Times (FT) Journals which include Research Policy (CABS 4* & FT50), Journal of Product Innovation Management (CABS 4), British Journal of Management (CABS 4), International Journal of Operations and Production Management (CABS 4), International Journal of Management Reviews (CABS 3), R&D Management (CABS 3) and International Journal of Production Economics (CABS 4).

In 2017, she became an appointed member of the UK Government's Innovation Caucus to provide thought leadership to Innovate UK, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She recently led a new research report on Science-based Sustainability Targets with the Co-Chair Barry Sheerman MP of the All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group. In April 2018 Palie was invited to become a Trustee of the Research and Developement Management Association (RADMA).  She is keen to support inclusion agendas and led The FTSE 100 Women in Manufacturing EEF Report launched with the former Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Rt Hon. Dr Vincent Cable. Past leadership roles include the Director of the PhD Programme, school representative for REF Strategy Board and Deputy Director of the Innovation Leadership Centre at Cranfield School of Management.

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Smart Networks for Sustainable Futures

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Smart, P. K.


Project: Research

Social Impact Assessment of UK Innovation

Smart, P. K.


Project: Research

Research Output

  • 19 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 4 Review article (Academic Journal)

Examining the Antecedents and Consequences of Green Product Innovation

Zhang, M., Zeng, W., Tse, Y. K., Wang, Y. & Smart, P. K., 13 Apr 2020, In : Industrial Marketing Management.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Open Science and Open Innovation in a socio-political context: knowledge production for societal impact in an age of post-truth populism

    Smart, P., Holmes, S., Lettice, F., Pitts, F. H., Zwiegelaar, J., Schwartz, G. & Evans, S., 1 Jun 2019, In : R and D Management. 49, 3, p. 279-297 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    194 Downloads (Pure)

    Harnessing Difference: A Capability-Based Framework for Stakeholder Engagement in Environmental Innovation

    Watson, R., Wilson, H. N., Smart, P. & Macdonald, E. K., 18 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Product Innovation Management. 35, 2, p. 254-279 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 40 Citations (Scopus)
    320 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Media coverage or participation

    Media/Policy Coverage

    Frederick Harry Pitts (Recipient), , Palie K Smart (Recipient), & Gregory Schwartz (Recipient)

    Mar 2020

    Activity: Other activity typesMedia coverage or participation