Impact of the length of relationships upon the use of research institutes by SMEs

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Abstract

Recent studies of US industrial modernisation programmes argue that difficulties of establishing long-term relationships with users prevent them from facilitating development of innovation capabilities. The paper supports this argument through a survey of Japanese research institutes the US programmes were modelled on. In view of information asymmetries in their use, it tests the hypothesis that small and medium-sized firms start using the research institutes with ‘low information gap’ services and gradually move on to ‘high information gap’ services that often require more absorptive capacity. This is demonstrated both under one-to-one relationships and between groups of firms and a research institute.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)771-788
Number of pages18
JournalResearch policy
Volume32
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2003

Keywords

  • industrial modernisation programmes
  • small and medium-sized firms
  • research institutes
  • organisational learning
  • relational assets

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