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TECHNOLOGICAL ALLIANCES BETWEEN HEIS AND SMFS EXAMINING THE CURRENT EVIDENCE

TECHNOLOGICAL ALLIANCES BETWEEN HEIS AND SMFS EXAMINING THE CURRENT EVIDENCE Small and mediumsized firms SMFs can make valuable economic and social contributions through their distinctive capabilities for innovation. However, SMFs rarely possess adequate R&D resources and are therefore dependent upon external technological information. We believe that collaboration between higher education institutions HEIs and SMFs has considerable potential for strengthening innovatory activity in the UK. However, very little detailed information is available about the process of technology transfer from the perspectives of HEIs and SMFs. This paper examines ways in which HEIs establish links with SMFs as a means of commercializing their scientific and technological research. A questionnaire was used to obtain data from 37 HEIs on technological alliances with SMFs. In addition, a number of interviews were carried out with individuals responsible for marketing HEI science and technology. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development Emerald Publishing

TECHNOLOGICAL ALLIANCES BETWEEN HEIS AND SMFS EXAMINING THE CURRENT EVIDENCE

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1462-6004
DOI
10.1108/eb020965
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Abstract

Small and mediumsized firms SMFs can make valuable economic and social contributions through their distinctive capabilities for innovation. However, SMFs rarely possess adequate R&D resources and are therefore dependent upon external technological information. We believe that collaboration between higher education institutions HEIs and SMFs has considerable potential for strengthening innovatory activity in the UK. However, very little detailed information is available about the process of technology transfer from the perspectives of HEIs and SMFs. This paper examines ways in which HEIs establish links with SMFs as a means of commercializing their scientific and technological research. A questionnaire was used to obtain data from 37 HEIs on technological alliances with SMFs. In addition, a number of interviews were carried out with individuals responsible for marketing HEI science and technology.

Journal

Journal of Small Business and Enterprise DevelopmentEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1996

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