Keywords: innovation policy, small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs, technology transfer
Technology management in technology-contingent SMEs
This paper is concerned with technology management in the kind of small and medium-sized enterprises which traditionally have taken a passive attitude towards technological change. Based on data collected in a survey study on technological networking in a European border region, the paper shows that enterprises of this type differ significantly from small technology-intensive enterprises in the ways in which they acquire knowledge about new technologies. Small "technology-contingent" enterprises appear to be less well networked to the outside world than technologically more active enterprises. Some conclusions are drawn on the use of technology transfer infrastructures for these enterprises.