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Joining forces in manufacturing value chains for collaborative R&D and innovation  : an SME perspective

Ates, Aylin (2016) Joining forces in manufacturing value chains for collaborative R&D and innovation  : an SME perspective. In: 5th World Conference on Production and Operations Management P&OM, 2016-09-06 - 2016-09-10, Havana International Conference Centre. (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper presents a multiple case study research, which aims to develop a better understanding into how policy makers can facilitate acceleration of R&D and innovation in manufacturing SMEs. The results demonstrate that low perception of value of R&D projects, risk of failure and a lack of networking are identified as the key barriers. The research results suggest that a low perception of value of R&D and innovation is largely a symptom of those barriers. In order to overcome these barriers, manufacturing SMEs need support to access to the customer needs, de-risk R&D and innovation projects and be informed about available funding through simplified communication mechanisms.