ERIC Number: EJ697370
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
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Evolving a Regionally-Based Mechanism for the Provision of Technical Knowledge to SMEs: Lessons for Policy
Lean, Jonathan; Tucker, Jonathan
Industry and Higher Education, v19 n4 p325-332 Aug 2005
This paper describes and evaluates a pilot project undertaken in the South West of England to develop a computer-based system for facilitating effective technical knowledge transfer to small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs). It explores the problem of technical knowledge transfer to SMEs, focusing in particular on the policy context. The conceptualization, development and implementation of the pilot project, called "e-volve", are described. The project's failure to develop beyond the pilot period provides the focus for its evaluation. Interview data were collected from system users to identify the main issues affecting the success of the initiative. Key factors concerned with the development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and system membership are highlighted, as are a number of institutional and political issues relating to the e-volve project. Recommendations relating to both the implementation of technical knowledge systems and associated public policy issues are provided.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Pilot Projects, Business, Internet, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Transfer, Program Effectiveness, Program Development, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)