Bridging the gap between universities of professional education and Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises
by Enno Masurel, Peter Nijkamp
International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy (IJFIP), Vol. 7, No. 1/2/3, 2011

Abstract: Improving the relationship between knowledge institutions (especially Universities of Professional Education, UPE) and Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) is one of the challenges of current economic policy. Innovation is an important aspect of this policy. However, the characteristics of both UPEs and SMEs appear to be an obstacle in bridging the gap between these two groups. Based on an analysis of survey data from SMEs, this paper contributes to bridging this gap. Information concerning the relationship with UPEs was collected from entrepreneurs to draw strategic policy lessons.

Online publication date: Sat, 25-Apr-2015

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