Knowledge Transfer in Action within the SME Sector

Thomas Caira, Brian Cross, Karen Dunleavy, James Bruce Johnston

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Much of the literature relating to innovation and management of new technology overlooks
the importance SMEs place on the value and implications of independent and impartial advice in the
area of new technology selection, adoption and implementation.
This paper relates the lessons drawn from the authors’ experiences of working in the SME sector of the
economy within the framework of a project whose strategic aim is to assist SMEs in the direct
application of technology, in all its forms, to their businesses. This is specifically aimed at the
development of new products, processes and procedures that will have a definitive impact on their
organisation’s competitive position. It also aims to raise awareness of the advantages of partnering with
Universities to bring benefit to companies operating in all sectors of the economy.
The paper contains insights that may help to improve the effectiveness of policy offerings by promoting
the value SMEs place on such advice. Academic research could also benefit from absorbing the need for
such advice into developing a better understanding of how new technology management works in
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Conference on Technology Management
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event4th European Conference on Management of Technology - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Sept 20098 Sept 2009


Conference4th European Conference on Management of Technology
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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