A qualitative study into the innovation and technology transfer experience of a micro-manufacturer within a university-industry collaboration context in regional Australia

Goh, Steven Chingnam (2013) A qualitative study into the innovation and technology transfer experience of a micro-manufacturer within a university-industry collaboration context in regional Australia. In: 120th American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition (ASEE 2013): Engineering Education: Frankly, We Do Give a D*mn, 23-26 Jun 2013, Atlanta, GA. United States.

[img]
Preview
Text (Published Version)
Goh_ASEE2013_PV.pdf

Download (326Kb) | Preview
[img]
Preview
Text (Documentation)
ASEE2013.pdf

Download (8Mb) | Preview

Abstract

Small-Medium-Enterprises (SMEs) play a critical part and are an important contribution to the economy in Australia. This research explored a number of questions surrounding SMEs, their innovation practices and the policy that influence them. This research reviewed and identified, through a case study approach with a series of indepth qualitative data collection, analyses and discussions, barriers to innovation in micro-regional SME in Australia, and outlines recommendations for how these can be overcome. In essence, the research aims to provides a deeper insight into what actually happens and why it happens; factors affecting innovation and technology transfer (I&TT) in regional micro-manufacturers, and describes an intervening investigation into the I&TT process in the SME sector within a University-Industry collaboration context. The research initially focused on the manufacturing factors such as increasing productivity through work study and work-flow analysis, and introducing semiautomation and flexible manufacturing methodology. As the project progressed, however, several non-manufacturing factors were identified as major influences in the I&TT process within the targeted micro-manufacturer. The ability for firms to progress in improving the manufacturing factors is often dependent on these factors, which are categorized as very personal and business related (rather than technical related). Regional Knowledge Diffusion (RKD) model was developed as a conceptual framework for developing future policies for encouraging innovation and technology transfer within a university-industry context within the regional Small-Medium-Enterprise sector.


Statistics for USQ ePrint 24082
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © American Society for Engineering Education, 2013. Paper ID #6130. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2013 02:15
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 01:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: small business; rural businesses; regional; innovations; technology policy; work practices; change management
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150314 Small Business Management
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
14 Economics > 1403 Econometrics > 140305 Time-Series Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910406 Technological and Organisational Innovation
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24082

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only