Think Global Act Local? Universities, SMEs and Innovation Frameworks

David Pickernell, N Clifton, J Senyard

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    Universities are increasingly encouraged to take a leading role in economic development, particularly through innovation. Simultaneously, economic development policy itself is increasingly focused on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), creating overlapping interactions in the roles of government policy, universities and SMEs and the processes of innovation creation and dissemination. This paper examines issues arising from these developments and relating to the key stakeholders (industry, government and universities in particular), the enabling mechanisms (network governance, relevant education, training and learning, and suitable structures), and local and cross-local links. The authors then use quantitative analysis of 450 SMEs in the UK to begin to evaluate the roles of universities and highlight areas for further theoretical development.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)79 - 89
    Number of pages10
    JournalIndustry and Higher Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Apr 2009


    • innovation
    • entrepreneurship
    • universities in economic development
    • SMEs
    • local linkages
    • cross-local linkages


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