As a result of its 1996-7 research centres competition the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) established a new multi-disciplinary research centre.
The Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE) examines the links between the acquisition and use of skills and knowledge, product market strategies and performance (measured in a variety of ways). Initially the Centre was based jointly at the universities of Oxford and Warwick. In 2006 the Warwick operation was moved to Cardiff University. The Centre builds on existing strengths and attempts to extend into areas that are of major theoretical and policy concern. SKOPE started its third five-year research programme in October 2008 and is coming to a close in December 2013. SKOPE is currently based at the Department of Education at University of Oxford. SKOPE is heading towards the 4th phase as a Department of Education research centre.
Current SKOPE team: