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ERIC Number: EJ992567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0950-4222
Brokerage and SME Innovation: An Analysis of the Technology Transfer Service at Area Science Park, Italy
Cattapan, Paolo; Passarelli, Mariacarmela; Petrone, Michele
Industry and Higher Education, v26 n5 p381-391 Oct 2012
This paper contributes to the literature on innovation brokerage by analysing the effects of brokerage activities on the innovation and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The authors provide a detailed description of the Technology Transfer Service (TTS), credited as a European best-practice innovation broker, at Area Science Park in Italy. They then carry out an exploratory econometric analysis, the results of which show that the support provided by the TTS enables research-industry collaboration and has positive effects on product and process innovation in SMEs, but it appears not to affect the generation of new patents in SMEs. The results also suggest that the growth in innovation enabled by the support of TTS has a positive effect on the SMEs' revenue growth and job creation. However the innovation broker is more effective in relation to larger firms than it is for micro-enterprises. (Contains 6 tables and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy