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Building innovation capabilities in SMEs through virtual and knowledge networks

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conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Philip Bretherton, R Beckett, Claudine Soosay, Paul Hyland
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are constantly confronting formidable and competitive challenges. In their midst, to stay abreast of larger firms or international markets, a small number is still able to insulate themselves fromthe pervasive effects of competition, technology advancement and dynamic environments. These SMEs have to be flexible and adaptive, which necessitates technical skills, knowledge and capacity to survive as viable entrepreneurial organisations. Many SMEs face difficulties in responding to such challenges because they lack the absorptive capacity or capabilities in the organisation. This study focuses on how virtual or knowledge networks can build innovative capabilities in SMEs and investigates the absorptive capacity evident to facilitate capability development through a mentoring program. The data collected involved a series of interviews and workshops with firms, mentors and local and state government representatives.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Start Page

181

End Page

191

Number of Pages

11

Start Date

01/01/2006

ISBN-10

9077360077

Location

Lucca, Italy

Publisher

Continuous Innovation Network

Place of Publication

Netherlands

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education; Faculty of Business and Informatics; University of Western Sydney;

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

International CINet Conference

Exports

CQUniversity

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