How Can Universities Engage With Local Small Businesses? A Case Study of the Chemistry Innovation Laboratory
Jiang, Lijie (2013) How Can Universities Engage With Local Small Businesses? A Case Study of the Chemistry Innovation Laboratory. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)
In a fast moving environment university-industry collaborations play a critical role in developing a knowledge-based economy and a sustainable competitive advantage. Knowledge transfer from university to industry is supported by national governments as part of their innovation, national growth and competitiveness program. The aim of this project is to develop a strategy that will re-energise the continuing efforts of the BPU in engaging with local chemical-using SMEs through the Chemistry Innovation Laboratory (CIL). The ultimate goal of the CIL extension will be to identify SMEs who are able and willing to form long-term partnerships with the School. This study will focus on the needs of SMEs, the problems facing in the collaboration between the BPU and SMEs, what the university can offer in order to meet the needs of SMEs, and how to improve BPU’s marketing strategy in engaging with SMEs.
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