SME Innovation, Exporting and Growth. White Paper No 5.
Published: 5 April 2013
SMEs which have a track record of innovation are more likely to export, export successfully and generate growth from exporting than non-innovating firms. This paper explores the existing evidence.
Innovation and Exporting
This White Paper contains summaries of presentations given at a workshop on rural, non-farm enterprise supported by the Enterprise Research Centre and hosted at Aston Business School on 27th February 2014. The final contribution by Roger Turner, who co-ordinated the event for ERC, provides a summary of the discussions from the day and some of the issues which arose.
The Enterprise Research Centre has a dual objective: to carry out leading- edge research on small business growth and development and to ensure that where evidence does exist it is made available as widely as possible. The ‘Out of the Shadows’ event was linked to the second objective, and brought together academics and other researchers conducting research on rural business development with those formulating policy for and directly supporting rural enterprises.
The ERC is grateful to all of the contributors for their input at the ‘Out of the Shadows’ event and their permission to include material in this summary report.
Published: 4 September 2014
Small firm-large firm relationships and the implications for small firm innovation: what do we know?
Published: 30 June 2014
Accessibility, utility and learning effects in university-business collaboration. Research Paper No 57.
UK government reports have emphasised the potential role of universities in driving localised economic development. There may be a utility-accessibility trade-off, however, between the accessibility of local university knowledge and its ‘fit’ with the specific needs of local firms. Here, using data from UK Innovation Surveys (UKIS) covering the period 2004 to 2012, we examine this trade-off and how it differs for firms of different sizes. Our analysis suggests four main empirical results. First, we find support for the predicted inverted-U shape relationship between the distance between collaborators and the innovation benefits. Second, we find evidence, in accord with the utility/accessibility trade-off, that local university collaboration benefits only small and medium firms. Third, we find that learning effects from previous collaborations with customers, suppliers etc. increase the probability of collaborative activity. Fourth, we find strong evidence of the persistence of university collaborations. Our results re-affirm the evidence from other studies of the value of university collaboration and suggest the value of policy action to address market failures which arise in the formation of university-small business collaborations.
Published: 7 March 2017
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