Capitalizing on SME Green Innovation Capabilities: Lessons from Irish-Welsh Collaborative Innovation Learning Network

University Partnerships for International Development

ISBN: 978-1-78635-302-3, eISBN: 978-1-78635-301-6

ISSN: 2055-3641

Publication date: 10 December 2016

Abstract

Adopting an EU policy lens, this chapter primarily addresses the proposed pivotal role of firm-level innovation capability (FLIC) in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as a stimulant of sustainable development (SD) and green growth in Ireland/Wales. The chapter specifically examines the scale and scope of the green economy (GE), and considers the importance of organizational inherent “green” innovation capabilities (GICs) to achieve it. Underpinning the study is the methodology and concept of utilizing a facilitated cross-border multi-stakeholder learning network to enable knowledge transfer and exchange practices to flourish between partners, acting as a significant predictor of the development of SME GICs structures. Specifically, against the backdrop of the Green Innovation and Future Technologies (“GIFT” hereafter) INTERREG 4A Project, the research assesses how academic–industry partner exchange and inter-group learning and cooperation facilitates the development of GICs in smaller enterprises to realize a sustainable smart green economy in Ireland.

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Harrington, D., Walsh, M., Owens, E., Joyner, D., McDonald, M., Griffiths, G., Doyle, E. and Lynch, P. (2016), "Capitalizing on SME Green Innovation Capabilities: Lessons from Irish-Welsh Collaborative Innovation Learning Network", University Partnerships for International Development (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Vol. 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 93-121. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2055-364120160000008010

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