TiPS

Digital Technology to Take Law and Accounting Firms to the Next Level

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Our first Cohort for Path A acceleration programme is now full, Applications are now open for Cohort 2.

Technology in Professional Services (TiPS) helps UK-based mid-tier and smaller accounting and law firms to innovate using digital technology, and generates new insights into adoption, for the professional services sector as a whole.

Who is TiPS for?

TiPS is for firms with various levels of digital adoption experience, but especially those who are considering technology adoption, but are unsure about which technology to use, how to use it, and whether it will be of benefit.

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What does TiPS involve?

 

The core TiPS activity is to directly support firms in adopting technology. To access this support, firms must apply, and be selected. There is no charge for participation. Firms may also become part of the TiPS community and participate in other events and activities as the project develops. TiPS direct support is provided via three paths.

 

PATH A: based on Microsoft 365 technology.

The aim is to help firms exploit the technology they already have, or can easily access – MS 365 tools such as Power Apps, Power Automate and Power BI – to enhance service delivery. This path is for firms with relatively little experience of using advanced digital technology in delivering their services. The objective is to achieve a successful application of a relevant technology in a particular practice area or process, within a few months.

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PATH B: is for proof-of-concept projects using specialised technologies.

TiPS will support firms in the initial adoption of sector-specific solutions for particular service processes and tasks. This path is aimed at firms ready to take on a technology that may be new to them and apply it to an important professional service or business task. The aim here is to achieve a successful application of a sector-specific technology in a particular practice area or process, over a period of 8-10 months.

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PATH C: is for strategic technology adoption

TiPS will support firms already relatively experienced in technology adoption in projects to extend or deepen the use of the technology. They will extend over a period exceeding a year.

 

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Team Members

Our team of both academic and practice-based experts bring a variety of organisational, technological and innovation competences to the project.

Many members of the team are specialists in the professions, especially accounting and law. We are also working with professional bodies such as the Law Society and ACCA, to assist in designing what we do and reaching the wider professional communities.

  • Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) and Hyperscale
  • Oxford Brookes Business School
  • Partners and Advisors
Martin Spring
Martin Spring

Professor of Operations Management (LUMS)

James Faulconbridge
James Faulconbridge

Professor of Transnational Management (LUMS)

Katy Mason
Katy Mason

Professor of Markets and Management (LUMS)

Derek Southall
Derek Southall

Founder and CEO (Hyperscale Group Ltd)

Dr Cara Molyneux
Dr Cara Molyneux

Senior Research Associate

Professor Tim Vorley
Professor Tim Vorley

Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean

Dr Tzameret Rubin
Dr Tzameret Rubin

Senior Lecturer in Innovation Management

Dr Francisco Trincado-Munoz
Dr Francisco Trincado-Munoz

Lecturer in Business Analytics

Hilary Smyth-Allen
Hilary Smyth-Allen

Senior Research Fellow

*TiPS is independent of any technology vendor, consultancy provider, or other commercial interest. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Grant number ES/X014428/1.

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