Joining forces in manufacturing value chains for collaborative R&D and innovation : an SME perspective

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a multiple case study research, which aims to develop a better understanding into how policy makers can facilitate acceleration of R&D and innovation in manufacturing SMEs. The results demonstrate that low perception of value of R&D projects, risk of failure and a lack of networking are identified as the key barriers. The research results suggest that a low perception of value of R&D and innovation is largely a symptom of those barriers. In order to overcome these barriers, manufacturing SMEs need support to access to the customer needs, de-risk R&D and innovation projects and be informed about available funding through simplified communication mechanisms.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 3 May 2016
    Event5th World Conference on Production and Operations Management P&OM - Havana International Conference Centre, Havana, Cuba
    Duration: 6 Sep 201610 Sep 2016
    http://www.pomhabana2016.com/

    Conference

    Conference5th World Conference on Production and Operations Management P&OM
    Abbreviated titlePOMS, EurOMA and JOMSA Joint World Conference
    CountryCuba
    CityHavana
    Period6/09/1610/09/16
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    Keywords

    • high performance manufacturing
    • supply chain management
    • SMEs
    • innovation

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    Ates, A. (Accepted/In press). Joining forces in manufacturing value chains for collaborative R&D and innovation : an SME perspective. Paper presented at 5th World Conference on Production and Operations Management P&OM, Havana, Cuba.