Using Learning Networks to Help Improve Manufacturing Competitiveness

Bessant, John and Francis, David (1999) Using Learning Networks to Help Improve Manufacturing Competitiveness Technovation, 19 (6/7). pp. 373-381. ISSN 0166-4972

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Innovation which requires the acquisition of new or improved technologies involves a technical and managerial learning process and it raises the policy question of how best to encourage and enable relevant learning. The absence or lack of experience in this domain is a particular problem for smaller firms (SMEs) and for enterprises in economies in transition—such as in the countries of the former Soviet Union or in eastern Europe. Successful technology transfer requires considerable management expertise as well as the availability of suitable solutions. This paper reports on one experimental approach used on a pilot basis in Romania to facilitate the absorption of ‘new' manufacturing practices, which involves the development of ‘learning networks' as an aid to this process.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Romania; Eastern Europe; SMEs; Learning networks; Innovation; CENTRIM
Subjects: N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1016/S0166-4972(99)00025-5
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
Depositing User: editor centrim
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2009
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2010 11:35

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