Effective Approaches For Innovation Support For Smes

Title: Effective Approaches For Innovation Support For Smes
Author: Julian Malins and Melehat Nil Gulari
Affiliation: Ideas Research Institute, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK
DOI:  10.3384/svid.2000-964X.13232
First published: 2013-12
Year: 2012
Pages: 1-8
Number of pages: 8
Language: English
Publisher:

SVID, Swedish Industrial Design Foundation/Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköping University, Sweden

Publication type: Journal article
Journal: Swedish Design Research Journal
ISSN: 2000-964X
   

 

Abstract

Providing appropriate innovation support to small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is an on-going challenge. Governments offer a range of initiatives from advice, to research and development grants; however, the underlying methodological frameworks for these interventions are often unclear. Universities have an increasing role to play in providing an understanding of the learning frameworks that surround innovation support and by providing design-led interventions that follow a design thinking approach. This paper considers the ways in which innovation knowledge can be transferred to SMEs based on a constructivist model of knowledge development. The development of Communities of Practice that support innovation making use of IT systems is also explored. Observations are made on the most effective ways of providing support for SMEs applying an experiential learning model, based on the authors’ experience of directing and working within the Centre for Design & Innovation (c4di) at the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen.

Keywords:  Centres for Design & Innovation, Knowledge Exchange, Experiential Learning, Trialogical Learning 

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