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Making connections: innovation and collective learning in small businesses

Jay Mitra (Jay Mitra is Professor and Director of the Enterprise Research and Development Centre, University of Central England Business School, Birmingham, UK.)

Education + Training

ISSN: 0040-0912

Article publication date: 1 June 2000



Investigates the learning process in innovation and, in particular, the collective learning which underlines different types of innovation within the context of small‐ to medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs). Argues that innovation is often the result of interaction of various subjects, technologies, people and organisations, and that it is the learning that is derived from such interaction which underpins innovative activity. SMEs are better able to innovate when they are part of clusters because it is through the networking process and the management of externalities (key elements in clustering) that they develop new products, processes and services.



Mitra, J. (2000), "Making connections: innovation and collective learning in small businesses", Education + Training, Vol. 42 No. 4/5, pp. 228-237.




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