William Patterson is a researcher, management consultant and executive coach. He researches absorptive capacity and open innovation within research intensive firms and is a visiting research fellow at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. Within industry, William Patterson is the managing director of Avison Consulting Limited based in the UK and consults on strategy and implementation in manufacturing and process industries such as oil & gas, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. He received his PhD in Strategic Management from Cardiff University, UK and an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.