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Qualifications

BSc (Hons) (Aston University)
MSc (Aston University)
PhD (CNAA)

Experience

1978 – 1979: Postgraduate Student, Technology Policy Unit, Aston University
1979 – 1980: Research Associate, Henley Management College
1981 – 1984: Research Student, Department of Science, The Polytechnic of Wales
1984 – 1990: Faculty Administrative Assistant, The Polytechnic of Wales
1990 – 1995: Administrative Assistant, Research Office, University of Glamorgan
1995 – 1997: Time-tabling Officer, University of Glamorgan
1997 – 1998: Senior Administrator, Academic and Research Development, University of Glamorgan
1998 – 2011: Research Fellow, Innovation and Small Business, University of Glamorgan
2003-2005: Editor, Education Today, College of Teachers, Institute of Education, University of London
2008 – 2011: Deputy Leader of the Welsh Enterprise Institute
2008-2009: Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management, Centre for Technology Management, University of Cambridge
2011 – Reader in Innovation Policy, Glamorgan Business School, University of Glamorgan

Responsibilities

I am currently Reader in Innovation Policy at the Glamorgan Business School involved in research and consultancy projects both within and outside the University through externally funded projects and networks.

Publications

Publications since 2008

Authored book (1)

B.Thomas, The Historical Development of the Finance, Tourism and Agricultural Industries in Twentieth Century Jersey, Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010, ISBN: 978-3-8433-6149-1.

Edited books (3)

B.Thomas and G.Simmons (eds.), E-Commerce Adoption and Small Business in the Global Marketplace: Tools for Optimization, Business Science Reference, IGI Global, Hershey and New York, April 2010, i-343, ISBN-10 1605669989.

B.Thomas, C.Miller and L.Murphy (eds.), Innovation and Small Business, Volume 1: The Innovation Process, Copenhagen: Ventus Publishing, February 2011, ISBN 978-87-7681-729-9.

B.Thomas, C.Miller and L.Murphy (eds.), Innovation and Small Business, Volume 2: Industrial Settings, Copenhagen: Ventus Publishing, February 2011, ISBN 978-87-7681-733-6.

Departmental working papers (1)

E.Garnsey, B.Thomas and E.Stam, The Emergence and Development of the Cambridge Ink Jet Printing Industry, Centre for Technology Management Working Paper, No. 2009/4, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, 2009, 1-30, ISBN 978-1-902546-77-3.

Edited works: contributions (8)

B.Thomas, C.Miller, G.Simmons and G.Packham, The Role of Web Sites and E-commerce in the development of Global Start-ups, Zhao (ed.) Handbook of Research on Information Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Hershey: Idea Group Inc, 2008, ISBN 1-59904-901-5.

B.Thomas, C.Miller, G.Packham and G.Simmons, Chapter 4.2 The Role of Web Sites and E-Commerce in the Development of Global Start-Ups, in Lee, I. (Ed.) Electronic Business: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications (4 volumes), Vol. II, No. 4.2, IGI Global, Hershey, 2009, 1002-1022, ISBN 978-1-60566-056-1.

B.Thomas, G.Simmons, G.Packham and C.Miller, Chapter 5 E-Commerce and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in S.E. Wales, in Brychan Thomas & Geoff Simmons (Eds.) E-Commerce Adoption and Small Business in the Global Marketplace: Tools for Optimization, Business Science Reference, IGI Global, Hershey and New York, April 2010, 86-98, ISBN-10 1605669989.

R.Williams, G.Packham, B.Thomas and P.Thompson, Chapter 8 Small Business Sales Growth and Internationalization Links to Web Site Functions, in the United Kingdom, in Brychan Thomas & Geoff Simmons (Eds.) E-Commerce Adoption and Small Business in the Global Marketplace: Tools for Optimization, Business Science Reference, IGI Global, Hershey and New York, 2010, 139-173, ISBN-10 1605669989.

L.Murphy, J.Jones, H.Swayne and B.Thomas, Chapter 11 The ‘Knock-on’ Effect of E-Business upon Graphic Design SMEs in South Wales, in Brychan Thomas & Geoff Simmons (Eds.) E-Commerce Adoption and Small Business in the Global Marketplace: Tools for Optimization, Business Science Reference, IGI Global, Hershey and New York, 2010, 208-219, ISBN-10 1605669989.

S.McCarthy, B.Thomas and G.Simmons, Chapter 15 E-Fulfilment and Offshore Centres: Economic Policy Implications for Small Business, in Brychan Thomas & Geoff Simmons (Eds.) E-Commerce Adoption and Small Business in the Global Marketplace: Tools for Optimization, Business Science Reference, IGI Global, Hershey and New York, 2010, 275-288, ISBN-10 1605669989.

E.Garnsey, E.Stam and B.Thomas, The emergence and development of the Cambridge ink jet printing industry, in Fornahl, D., Henn, S. and Menzel, M-P. (eds.) Chapter 11, Emerging Clusters: Theoretical, Empirical and Political Perspectives on the Initial Stage of Cluster Evolution, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2010, 265-291, ISBN 978 1 84844 522.

D.Pickernell, C.Miller, J.Senyard, B.Thomas and R.Tunstall, Chapter 13, Beware of Geeks Bearing Gifts? Online Latent and Untapped Outlets for Farmers’ Markets in South East Wales, in Alsos, G., Carter, S., Ljunggren, E. and Welter, F. (eds.) The Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship in Agriculture and Rural Development, Edward Elgar, 2011 ISBN 978 1 84844 625 0.

Official reports (5)

B.Thomas and G.Packham, Feasibility of a Pan-University Sustainable Energy Knowledge Transfer Centre Project, Centre for Enterprise, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, September 2009, 1-53.

B.Thomas and G.Packham, Benchmarking University Business Projects and Processes Report, Centre for Enterprise, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, October 2010, 1-161.

H.Coombs and B.Thomas, Innovation in Practice – Developing Glamorgan Business School Knowledge Transfer Partnership Opportunities, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, October 2010, 1-30.

D.Adamson, M.Angove, R.Bromiley and B.Thomas, Reaching the untapped potential in the Upper Valleys, Final Report, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd, November 2010, 1-50.

B.Thomas, G.Packham and L.Brown, University Strategic Partnerships with Large Companies Report, University of Glamorgan, March 2011, 1-87.

Conference contributions: refereed (33)

L.Murphy, B.Thomas, M.Angove and S.Al-Hasan, An evaluation of the Innovation Network Partnership, 13th Annual Symposium of the Academy of Marketing Special Interest Group in Entrepreneurial and Small Business Marketing, Newport, January 2008.

T.A.Owoseni, A.Angove, I.C.Egbuta and B.Thomas, Promoting Entrepreneurship Education among the Youths in FCT and Wales: The AEA Model and the Dynamo Model, African Entrepreneurship Seminar, 31 March – 2 April, 2008.

A.Angove, I.C.Egbuta, B.Thomas, T.A.Owoseni, The Role of Informal and Formal Business Networks in Skills and Business Development, African Entrepreneurship Seminar, 31 March – 2 April, 2008.

R.Williams and B.Thomas, Welsh rural firms, their relationship and business support, CREED Rural 2008 Conference, Dumfries, 22-23 May, 2008.

J.M.Abdulla, R.Djebarni and B.Thomas, Construction of a Scale Measuring the Job Satisfaction of Public Sector Employees in the U.A.E. with particular reference to the Dubai Police, Saudi International Innovation Conference, 9-10 June, 2008.

M.Angove and B.Thomas, Panning for Gold, European Evaluation Society, EES Biennial Conference: Building for the Future – Evaluation in governance, development and progress, September, 2008.

M.Angove and B.Thomas, Hidden Treasures, European Evaluation Society, EES Biennial Conference: Building for the Future – Evaluation in governance, development and progress, September, 2008.

M.Angove, B.Thomas, G.Packham and I.C.Egbuta, Welsh Ethnic and Minority Enterprise Landscape: Painting by Number and Narrative, 31st Institute of Small Business & Entrepreneurship Conference, Belfast, 5-7 November, 2008.

S.McCarthy and B.Thomas, The Jersey Finance Industry and the formation of offshore financial structures, 31st Institute of Small Business & Entrepreneurship Conference, Belfast, 5-7 November, 2008.

L.Murphy, B.Thomas and S.Al-Hasan, The Communities First Programme: a case study of innovation, Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, April 2009.

E.Stam, E.Garnsey and B.Thomas, Competence creation in the Cambridge Inkjet Printing Industry, 25th EGOS Colloquium, Passion for creativity and innovation, ESADE Business School, Barcelona, July 2-4, 2009, 166.

B.Thomas and L.Murphy, A review of innovation performance indicators relevant to small firms in Wales, 32nd Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, 3-6 Nov, Handbook, Liverpool, 2009, 182.

L.Murphy, B.Thomas and S.Al-Hasan, A Preliminary Evaluation of the Technium Centre Network, RSAI British and Irish Section 39th Conference, August, Glasgow, 2010.

L.Murphy, B.Thomas and S.Al-Hasan, An Evaluation of the Innovation Network Partnership – a Social Capital Perspective, 8th European Urban and Regional Studies Conference, September, Vienna, 2010.

L.Murphy, B.Thomas and S.Al-Hasan, The Communities First Programme: A Case Study of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, November, London, 2010.

P.Jones, R.Patz, S.McCarthy and B.Thomas, Innovation and Micro-sized Enterprises: A Multi-site case study in South Wales, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, November, London, 2010.

P.Thompson, R.Williams, B.Thomas and G.Packham, Shortages of IT Skills in UK SMEs, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Conference, November, London, 2010. Winner of Best Paper in Track Award: ICT, IT and E-Business in the Small Firm.

L.L.Gilbert, S.Ebie, L.Daunton, and B.C.Thomas, A Rhetoric on the Quest for Effective Leadership in Organisations, Eleventh International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations, Universidad San Pablo CEU, June, Madrid, Spain, 2011.

L.Murphy, B.Thomas and S.Al-Hasan, An Evaluation of the Innovation Network Partnership – A Social Capital Perspective, 14th Uddevala Symposium, 16th-18th June, University of Bergamo, Italy, 2011.

L.Murphy, B.Thomas and S.Al-Hasan, Innovation Policy in Wales – the Case of the Innovation Network Partnership, Regional Science Association International, British and Irish Section, 40th Annual Conference, 6th-8th September, Cardiff, 2011.

P.Jones, R.Patz, S.McCarthy and B.Thomas, Micro-Sized Enterprises, Innovation and Universities: a Welsh perspective, British Academy of Management Conference, Aston University, Birmingham, 13th-15th September, 2011, Paper Number: 10035, ISBN: 978-0-9549608-3-4.

P.Voisey, O.Anjorin-Ohu, P.Jones and B.Thomas, A Longitudinal Study of 10 years of University Pre-Incubation in Wales, ISBE 2011 Conference, 9th-10th November, Sheffield, 2011.

P.Thompson, R.Williams, C.Kwong and B.Thomas, How Feasible is the Big Society?: The Third Sector’s Survival in Less Affluent Areas in the absence of Government Funding, ISBE 2011 Conference, 9th-10th November, Sheffield, 2011.

R. Williams, B.Thomas and P.Thompson, Social Enterprise in Wales: Geographically located to tackle deprivation, ISBE 2011 Conference, 9th-10th November, Sheffield, 2011.

C.Atkinson, C.Miller, B.Thomas and B.Pold, Encouraging women innovators: applying a gender perspective to innovation in Wales, Emerging Themes in Business 2012 Research Conference Proceedings, 20th March, Newport Business School, Newport, pp. 83-104, ISSN 2049-2936.

C.Miller, B.Thomas, D.Pickernell and G.Packham, Innovation, Technology and Small Construction Enterprises: Towards a Conceptual Framework, Emerging Themes in Business 2012 Research Conference Proceedings, 20th March, Newport Business School, Newport, pp. 177-201, ISSN 2049-2936.

L.Murphy, B.Thomas and L.Gornall, An Evaluation of the Innovation Network Partnership – a Social Capital Perspective, Emerging Themes in Business 2012 Research Conference Proceedings, 20th March, Newport Business School, Newport, pp. 202-231, ISSN 2049-2936.

P.Jones, R.Patz, S.McCarthy and B.Thomas, Innovation and Micro-sized Enterprises in South Wales, Emerging Themes in Business 2012 Research Conference Proceedings, 20th March, Newport Business School, Newport, pp. 142-176, ISSN 2049-2936.

M.Angove, B.Thomas and R.H.Morgan, Work Based Learning in Medium and Large Companies: A study of International Commerce degree students in Germany, Emerging Themes in Business 2012 Research Conference Proceedings, 20th March, Newport Business School, Newport, pp. 33-38, ISSN 2049-2936.

K.Brown, A.Lewis, B.Thomas and T.Curry, An exploration into the degree to which an employee’s culture acts as an antecedent to absence behaviour: A conceptual approach, Emerging Themes in Business 2012 Research Conference Proceedings, 20th March, Newport Business School, Newport, pp. 65-82, ISSN 2049-2936.

L.Murphy and B.Thomas, A Preliminary Evaluation of the Technium Centre Network, Emerging Themes in Business 2012 Research Conference Proceedings, 20th March, Newport Business School, Newport, pp. 259-288, ISSN 2049-2936.

S.Al-Hasan, S.Matooq, T.Hartland and B.Thomas, Relationship marketing Strategy in the Arab Banking Corporation, Academy of Marketing Conference 2012, 2nd – 5th July, University of Southampton, Southampton.

B.Thomas and M.Angove, Skills acquisition and knowledge development by Work Based Learning International Commerce degree students in Germany, BAM 2012 Conference, 11th – 13th September, Cardiff University, Cardiff.

Academic journal papers (24)

D.Pickernell, G.Packham, B.Thomas and R.Keast, University challenge? Innovation Policy and SMEs in Welsh economic development policy: Towards a new framework, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol. 9, No. 1, 51-62, 2008, ISSN 1465-7503. (ABS 2)

M.Angove, C.Cresswell, R.Akhtar, J.Rolfe, D.Brooksbank and B.Thomas, Working from the margins to inform the centre, Equal Opportunities International, Vol. 27, No. 3, 292-304, 2008, ISSN 0261-0159. (ABS 1)

B.Thomas and R.Metcalfe, The Modern Development of the Agricultural Industry and Farming Enterprises in Jersey, Agricultural Journal, Vol. 3, No. 4, 263-271, 2008, ISSN 1816-9155.

A.Martins, L.Morse, B.Thomas, and C.Miller, How does a Human Resource Management (HRM) function ‘fit’ into the Small Business Environment? Cyprus International Journal of Management, Vol. 13, No. 1, 100-113, 2008, ISSN 1450-0000.

B.Thomas, D.Brooksbank and R.Thompson, Optimising the regional infrastructure for higher education global start-ups in Wales, International Journal of Globalisation and Small Business, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2009, 220-237, ISSN 1479-3059.

G.Simmons, B.Thomas and G.Packham, Opportunity and innovation: Synergy within an entrepreneurial approach to marketing, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2009, 63-72, ISSN 1465-7503. (ABS 2)

C.Cook, L.Gornall, L.Daunton, J.Salisbury and B.Thomas, ‘Time spent among other people is where meaning is found’ The ‘working lives’ research report on narratives of occupational change in further and higher education in post-devolution Wales, Welsh Journal of Education, Vol. 14, No. 2, 2009, 97-103, ISSN 0957-297X.

B.Thomas, L.Gornall, G.Packham and C.Miller, The individual inventor and the implications for innovation and entrepreneurship, Industry and Higher Education, Vol. 23, No. 5, 2009, 391-403, ISSN 0950-4222. (ABS 1)

B.Thomas and G.Simmons, G. Guest Editorial Preface, International Journal of E-Adoption, October-December, Vol. 1, No. 4, 2009, i-iii, ISSN 1937-9633.

R.Williams, G.Packham, B.Thomas, and P.Thompson Small Business Sales Growth and Internationalization Links to Web Site Functions in the United Kingdom, International Journal of E-Adoption, October-December, Vol. 1, No. 4, 2009, 40-74, ISSN 1937-9633.

R.Tunstall, C.Jordain, L.Pittaway and B.Thomas, Achieving strategic intent through corporate venturing: The role of Strategic relationships and market orientation, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol. 10, No. 4, 301-312, 2009, ISSN 1465-7503. (ABS 2)

L.Powell, S.Thomas and B.Thomas, Regeneration schemes in the South Wales Valleys: A stimulus for innovative heritage enterprise development, International Business Management Journal, Vol. 4, No. 3, 2010, 177-188, ISSN 1993-5250.

G.Packham, P.Jones, C.Miller, D.Pickernell and B.Thomas, Attitudes towards Entrepreneurship Education: A comparative analysis, Education and Training, Vol. 52, No. 8/9, 2010, 568-586, ISSN 0040-0912. (ABS 1)

G.Simmons, B.Thomas and Y.Truong, Developing the Internet as a Branding Tool: i-branding Implications for Food Companies, European Journal of Marketing, Vol. 44, No. 9, 2010, 1260-1285, ISSN 0309-0566. (ABS 3*)

A.Lewis, L.Daunton, B.Thomas and G.Sanders, A critical exploration into whether e-recruitment is an effective e-entrepreneurship method in attracting appropriate employees for enterprises, International Journal of E-Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2010, 30-44, ISSN 1947-8585.

B.Thomas, G.Simmons, G.Packham and C.Miller Innovation and Pet Food SMEs in the United Kingdom, Journal of Food Products Marketing, Vol. 17, No. 1, 2010, 1-19, ISSN 1045-4446.

D.Pickernell, G.Packham, W.P.Jones, C.Miller and B.Thomas, Graduate entrepreneurs are different: they access more resources, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research, Vol. 17, No. 2, 183-202, 2011, ISSN 1355-2554. (ABS 2)

L.Powell, S.Thomas and B.Thomas, Innovation and heritage entrepreneurship development in the South Wales Valleys, Annals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 1-8, 2011, ISSN 2000-7396.

A.Lewis, B.Thomas, K.Williams, A Literature Review of Stress Management, International Journal of Professional Management, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 1-7, September, 2011, ISSN 20422341.

A.Lewis, B.Thomas, K.Williams, A Critical Examination of Employee Perceptions towards Stress Management Strategies, International Journal of Professional Management, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 1-19, October, 2011, ISSN 20422341.

T.Hartland, B.Damkjaer, C.Miller and B.Thomas, Small to Medium Enterprises in the Danish conference sector and a 360-degree approach to managing customer relationships, Journal of Euromarketing, Vol. 20, No. 1&2, 2011/2012, ISSN 1049-6483, In Press. (ABS 1)

B.Thomas and S.Thomas, Cultural Events and Tourism in the Channel Island of Jersey, The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 55-73, 2012, ISSN 1834-6049, In Press. (ERA B)

L.L.Gilbert, S.Ebie, L. Daunton, and B.Thomas, Rhetoric on the Quest for Effective Leadership, The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, 2012, ISSN 1447-9524, In Press. (ABS 1)

A.Lewis, B.Thomas and O.Bradley, Employee Socialisation, A Platform for Employee Engagement? International Journal of Employment Studies, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2011/2012, ISSN 1039-6993, In Press. (ABS 1)

Other publications (2)

B.Thomas, Food industry under pressure of change, Food and Farming Focus, Business in Wales, Wales Top 300 Supplement, Western Mail, Wednesday, 14 December 2011, pp. 40-41.

B.Thomas, Reinvigorating your Business, Business Receptive Magazine, Issue 3, December 2011, pp. 8-9.

Memberships

  • Fellow of the Faculty of Building (Member 1980 -), FFB 2000 –
  • Member of the Royal Institution, London, MRI 1981 –
  • Ordinary Fellow of the College of Preceptors, FCollP 1986 -

External

  • Editor of the International Journal of Applied Entrepreneurship
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Management Journals
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory and Review Board, International Journal of E-Business Management
  • Member of the Editorial Review Board, International Journal of E-Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Track Leader, Track M, Management, Skills and Growth Issues for SMEs, Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneursip, 29th National Conference. City Hall, Cardiff, November, 2006.
  • Member of the International Program Committee for the 2nd IEEE International Conference on the Applications of Digital Information and Web Technologies (ICADIWT 2009).
  • Assistant Examiner for Business and Management, International Baccalaureate
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Green Computing
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Professional Management
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Online Marketing
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Women in Society
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal fo the Paris Graduate School of Management (PGSM)
  • Track Leader, Innovation Track, Emerging Themes in Business 2012 Research Conference, Newport, March

Consultancy

  • Learning Chamber Project, January 2000 – June 2000
  • Learning Chamber Network Project, June 2001 – June 2003
  • South East Wales Association of Farmers Markets Web site Project, Jan – Sept 2001
  • NEAT Tourism Project, Jan 2001 – May 2001
  • ELWa FE Survey of Entrepreneurship, Jan. 2001 – April 2001
  • Cyfenter B&C Projects, Mar. 2002 – May 2002
  • Cardiff Ethnic Entrepreneurship Survey, June – Aug. 2002
  • ELWa FE Student Entrepreneurship Survey, 2002
  • Cardiff ITEC Survey, 2002
  • A Marketing Strategy for Fire Sprinklers UK Ltd., May 2003
  • GTi User Evaluation Report, June 2003
  • Cyfenter Incubation Project Report, April 2004
  • Cyfenter Growth and Sustainability Report, July 2005
  • Cyfenter Cumulative Report, August 2005
  • Wales Construction Innovation Project, May 2005 – May 2006
  • Yellow School Bus Transport project, Feb – August 2005
  • Wales Agripole Project Initial Report (WAG) July – Sep 2005
  • Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) project, March 2006 – July 2006
  • Curiad Calon Cymru EQUAL DP, External Evaluation, Nov.2006, Oct 2007
  • Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind Feasibility Study, July 2007 – Nov 2007

Research

Main research areas include: Innovation and Small Business, SMEs and Technology Transfer Networks, Innovation and the Agri Food Industry, Higher Education Spin-out Enterprises, High Tech Clusters, E-Commerce and Small Business, Science Communication and Education.

1. WDA Higher Education Spinout Enterprises Project, Dec. 1999 – Dec. 2001

2. MEMORIA Technology Transfer into Small Museums Project, Sept. 2001 – June 2004

3. Global Start project 2004-2005

4. Welsh Assembly Government Economic Research Grant: Assessing R&D activity in Wales focussing on WAG’s Science Policy priority areas of the Energy and Health sectors, Oct 2006–Sep 2007

5. WERN/ESRC, Working Lives I Project, January – April 2008

6. HELP Wales Research Study, January 2008 – June 2008

7. Westminster/Glamorgan Research Investment Scheme,
Upper Valleys Project, May 2008 – September 2009

8. Glamorgan Research Investment Scheme, Establishing Collaborative Research in E-Commerce Optimisation for SMEs, October 2008 – September 2009

9. WERN/ESRC, Working Lives II Project, January – April 2009

10. Innovation Productivity Grand Challenge Project, High Tech Growth Firms and University Spin outs, EPSRC funding, September 2008 – June 2009.

11. ESDF A4B Early Stage Development Fund, 2009-2011.

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