Policy Support for Innovation and Learning in SMEs: The Cases of Profitnet and Profitnet Plus

Tsekouras, George and Kanellou, Despina (2010) Policy Support for Innovation and Learning in SMEs: The Cases of Profitnet and Profitnet Plus In: Freeman Centre Seminar Series, 15 October 2010, Brighton, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

There is a variety of programmes and schemes supporting learning and innovation in SME. Most of the existing innovation policies have focused on specific groups such as the New Technology Based Firms and the High Growth ones, neglecting the majority of SME. The discussion will introduce a framework for classifying the various support systems addressed to small businesses. It will then discuss the results of the evaluation exercise of Profitnet and Profitnet Plus programmes in Sussex. More specifically it will refer to the following aspects of the programme: (i) the economic impact achieved by the programme, (ii) the members benefits in terms of business and innovation skills and innovation capabilities (iii) the collaboration and interaction induced by the programme and (iv) the members’ perceived satisfaction of the programme operations. The discussion will conclude with offering the conclusions drawn for policy support of learning and innovation in SME.

Item Type:Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain (Abstract)
Additional Information:This paper was presented as part of a weekly seminar series at the Freeman Centre, University of Sussex campus. For further information, please contact the authors.
Uncontrolled Keywords:SMEs; Profitnet; Profitnet Plus; Innovation; CENTRIM
Subjects:N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N290 Management studies not elsewhere classified > N292 Small Business
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N216 Entrepreneurship
Faculties:Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
ID Code:9061
Deposited By:editor centrim
Deposited On:25 Jul 2011 19:29
Last Modified:25 Jul 2011 19:32

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