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The knowledge sphere, social capital and growth of indigenous knowledge-based SMEs in the Thai dessert industry

Yokakul, Nattaka and Zawdie, Girma (2011) The knowledge sphere, social capital and growth of indigenous knowledge-based SMEs in the Thai dessert industry. Science and Public Policy, 38 (1). pp. 19-29. ISSN 0302-3427

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Abstract

Using the case of the Thai dessert industry, this paper highlights the knowledge sector as the driver of activities within the triple helix network and as a basis for the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Knowledge transfer to SMEs and its impact on technological capability development is facilitated by social capital which is influenced by policy initiatives. A survey of 159 firms, drawn from three categories (household-based, community-based and factory-based firms) of the Thai dessert industry provided evidence which suggests that social capital is a major factor enhancing SMEs’ access to knowledge sources. The extent to which government intervention has succeeded in promoting the triple helix as a strategy for the growth of SMEs in the Thai dessert industry is considered empirically.