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TECHNOLOGICAL ALLIANCES BETWEEN HEIS AND SMFS: EXAMINING THE CURRENT EVIDENCE

Nelson K.H. Tang (University of Leicester, Leicester, UK)
Andrew Agnew (University of Leicester, Leicester, UK)
Oswald Jones (Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK)

Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

ISSN: 1462-6004

Article publication date: 1 January 1996

Abstract

Small and medium‐sized 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.

Citation

Tang, N.K.H., Agnew, A. and Jones, O. (1996), "TECHNOLOGICAL ALLIANCES BETWEEN HEIS AND SMFS: EXAMINING THE CURRENT EVIDENCE", Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 48-56. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb020965

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