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Bridging the gap between institutions of higher education and small and medium-size enterprises

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  • Masurel, E.

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie (Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics Sciences, Business Administration and Economitrics)

  • Nijkamp, P.

Abstract

Bridging the gap between knowledge institutions (especially universities) and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is one of the challenges of present economic policy. Innovation is one important aspect of this policy. However, the characteristics of both universities and SMEs appear to be an obstacle in bridging the gap between these two groups. In particular, this paper aims to highlight the potential of universities of professional education (UPEs) for innovative strategies of SMEs. First, this paper reviews the pivotal role of innovation by SMEs. Next, it focuses on the function UPEs can assume in the innovation process by SMEs. The empirical part of the paper then presents findings from a regional case study in the Dutch region of Zwolle, in the eastern part of the country. Strategic and operational information from both lecturers and graduate-entrepreneurs of one UPE in the region concerned was collected in order to draw strategic policy lessons.

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Paper provided by VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics in its series Serie Research Memoranda with number 0037.

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  1. Gromicho, J.A.S. & Hoorn, J.J. van & Timmer, G.T., 2009. "Exponentially better than brute force: solving the jobshop scheduling problem optimally by dynamic programming," Serie Research Memoranda 0056, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.

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