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Technology management in technology-contingent SMEs

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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.

Keywords: innovation policy, small and medium-sized enterprises, SMEs, technology transfer

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