Innovation and Small Business - Volume 2

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This second volume considers industrial settings and essentially attempts to apply the theory considered in volume one.
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Brychan Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow in Small Business and Innovation at the University of Glamorgan Business School. His main research interests lie in innovation and small business, SMEs and technology transfer networks, technology transfer and internet adoption in the agri-fo...

Brychan Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow in Small Business and Innovation at the University of Glamorgan Business School. His main research interests lie in innovation and small business, SMEs and technology transfer networks, technology transfer and internet adoption in the agri-fo...

Brychan Thomas is a Senior Research Fellow in Small Business and Innovation at the University of Glamorgan Business School. His main research interests lie in innovation and small business, SMEs and technology transfer networks, technology transfer and internet adoption in the agri-fo...

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This second volume considers industrial settings and essentially attempts to apply the theory considered in volume one. Furthermore, this volume recognizes the contributions of small firms to these industries, firmly establishing the pivotal role they play in future economic development and prosperity. This is achieved by investigating a number of industries such as agri-food, health, energy, construction and heritage. In particular there is consideration of innovative and sustainable solutions, the assessment of research and development, technology and multimedia knowledge management systems.

On the global stage small businesses are represented in many different communities. At a UK and EU level small businesses are defined as having 10-50 employees and offer considerable scope for innovation and productivity. Additionally, the European Union Research and Advisory Board (EURAB, 2004) has provided a helpful typology in terms of the amount of R&D that is undertaken. Four basic categories provide insight into the level of use and the extent of R&D that is conducted. A basic category of some seventy percent of small businesses undertake little or no R&D; about twenty percent are technology adopting adapting existing technologies as low innovative businesses; less than ten percent combine or develop existing technologies at an innovative level; and less than three percent are involved in high level research. The distinctive characteristics of, and pathways into, leading technology users as they attain a critical market edge therefore require identification.

Small businesses that are early adopters of more advanced technology applications tend to be more entrepreneurial in their growth strategies and core opinion formers in their networks (Cohen and Levinthal, 1990; Zahra and George, 2002; Gray, 2006). They are likely to conduct more research and R&D or adapt technological applications to their requirements than other small businesses. It is therefore hoped that this second volume will provide a greater understanding of these innovation dynamics for small businesses in industrial settings.

  1. Introduction
  2. Agri Food - Innovative and Sustainable Solutions
  3. Health – Assessing Research and Development in Health sector small companies
  4. Energy - Sustainable Energy through Research and Development
  5. Construction – Innovation, Technology and Small Construction Enterprises
  6. Museums and Small Memory Institutions – Multimedia Knowledge Management Systems
  7. Conclusions
  8. References
    1. Chapter 1: Introduction
    2. Chapter 2: Agri Food - Innovative and Sustainable Solutions
    3. Chapter 3: Health – Assessing Research and Development in Health sector small companies
    4. Chapter 4: Energy - Sustainable Energy through Research and Development 100
    5. Chapter 5: Construction – Innovation, Technology and Small Construction Enterprises
    6. Chapter 6: Museums and Small Memory Institutions – Multimedia Knowledge Management Systems
    7. Chapter 7: Conclusions
  9. About the Contributors
  10. Index
Great to see such title and detailed contents. It is useful for all business students
15 de noviembre de 2013, 7:10
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