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Claudio Pestana

The present qualitative study aims to address the gap in what one knows about the life experiences of adults diagnosed with mild learning disabilities from minority ethnic…

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Purpose

The present qualitative study aims to address the gap in what one knows about the life experiences of adults diagnosed with mild learning disabilities from minority ethnic communities and to generate a deeper understanding of their experiences.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper individually interviewed four adults with mild learning disabilities receiving support from an independent living project using semi‐structured interviews. The interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim. The data collected were qualitatively analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis.

Findings

The findings showed that participants felt socially isolated and did not have a wide social network. Participants also reported that they had suffered some form of abuse in the past. Participants also said that they found employment satisfying and finally that they did not receive support with their cultural needs.

Originality/value

This paper highlights that greater emphasis should be placed on examining the social support needs of individuals with mild learning disabilities in order for them to live independently without risking social isolation.

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Tizard Learning Disability Review, vol. 16 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-5474

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Tizard Learning Disability Review, vol. 16 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1359-5474

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Fábio Lotti Oliva, Maria Cecília Sobral, Silvio Aparecido dos Santos, Martinho Isnard Ribeiro de Almeida and Celso Cláudio de Hildebrand e Grisi

The purpose of this paper is to assess the level of innovation of products, processes and services in technology‐based incubated companies.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to assess the level of innovation of products, processes and services in technology‐based incubated companies.

Design/methodology/approach

On the basis of this review, the stages of development of companies incubated in the Incubating Center for Technological Companies São Paulo, Brazil, were analyzed and through the integration of three different statistical techniques (factorial analysis, cluster analysis and logistic regression), a basis for analyses and considerations was obtained: the companies studied were segregated into clusters according to each one's stage of innovation.

Findings

A statistical model was estimated to calculate the probability of innovation of the companies – a methodological tool for evaluating the actual presence of innovation in technology‐based companies installed in incubators.

Research limitations/implications

Owing to the nature of the sample chosen, the results might not be generalized to broader or international contexts.

Practical implications

The estimated model should contribute as an analytical tool to incubators in evaluating the probability of innovation in technology‐based incubated companies.

Social implications

With the use of this analytical model, incubators should be more capable of developing strategies to stimulate innovation.

Originality/value

This paper reviews widely the contributions of authors concerning factors of innovation in order to present a model drawn from three different multivariate analyses. Furthermore, the theme of innovation assessment in technology‐based incubators has few contributions.

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Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, vol. 22 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1741-038X

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