Sourcing knowledge for innovation:the international dimension


Drawing knowledge from external sources in the UK, or internationally, has become increasingly important to small and medium-sized firms (SMEs). SMEs cannot generate all they need to know to develop new products and processes within their own companies, they need to look elsewhere for new ideas and expertise. This practice is known as knowledge sourcing. This report provides a detailed review of patterns of knowledge sourcing, and the key factors influencing these patterns, particularly from a small business perspective. We present key findings from a survey of 393 UK companies and analyse the results. We also highlight case studies of UK SMEs that work closely with overseas partners and agents to widen their own knowledge.

Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2024 08:05
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2013 11:48
Full Text Link: http://www.nest ... ation_Mayv2.pdf
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PURE Output Type: Commissioned report
Published Date: 2010-05
Authors: Huggins, Robert
Izushi, Hiro (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4090-4181)
Clifton, Nick
Jenkins, Sarah
Prokop, Daniel
Whitfield, Chris



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