The innovation potential of living-labs to strengthen small and medium enterprises in regional Australia

Dhakal, Subas P. and Mahmood, Muhammad N. and Wiewiora, Anna and Brown, Kerry and Keast, Robyn (2013) The innovation potential of living-labs to strengthen small and medium enterprises in regional Australia. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 19 (3). pp. 456-474. ISSN 1324-0935

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Abstract

The small and medium enterprise (SME) sector has been the major source of well-being and employment opportunities in regional Australia. Consequently, fostering the innovative capacity of SMEs in regions that are struggling to grow their economies and distribute the growth fairly while not degrading the environment has never been more important. While SMEs generally face more uncertainties in relation to resources (e.g. financial, human and social capital) when compared to larger businesses, collaborative, cutting-edge mechanisms to enhance innovation capabilities of regional SMEs are lacking. This paper responds to this gap and proposes a Living Laboratory – an open, multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder action research platform where innovations can be co-created, tested and evaluated in the every-day environment of SMEs – as a way to strengthen the SME sector in regional Australia.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. Email: nateque.mahmood@usq.edu.au Anna Wiewiora's name spelt incorrectly on paper.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2014 05:17
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2016 04:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: communication technologies, innovation policy, regional sustainable development, small and medium enterprises, social capital
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160510 Public Policy
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120505 Regional Analysis and Development
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24603

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