Universities, SMEs and social capital:can you get too much of a good thing? an illustrative analysis of one university’s knowledge exchange programme

Gordon, Ian Stuart (2016) Universities, SMEs and social capital:can you get too much of a good thing? an illustrative analysis of one university’s knowledge exchange programme. Industry and Higher Education, 30 (6). pp. 382-393. ISSN 0950-4222

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Abstract

This article explores a university knowledge exchange programme for small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owner/managers. Specifically, it considers why a programme designed to achieve growth in a group of SMEs through the creation of a network high in social capital may have become a constraint on the programme’s effectiveness over a period of 5 years. The article presents findings from ethnographic observation and interviews with eight participants. The main findings suggest that university facilitators should guard against becoming part of a strong tie network of delegates, which in this case may have resulted in a reduction in their ability to bridge to other groups and networks. In addition, without the periodical introduction of new activities, there is the danger that the group will become stale.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Industry and Higher Education
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ID Code: 82785
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2017 12:34
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 03:34
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/82785

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