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dc.contributor.authorRosli, A-
dc.contributor.authorde Silva, M-
dc.contributor.authorRossi, F-
dc.contributor.authorYip, N-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Small Business Journal: Researching Entrepreneurship, 2018, 36 (4), pp. 400 - 428en_US
dc.description.abstractWe investigate whether—and how—small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are able to capitalise on their engagement with academics in order to explore new opportunities beyond the achievement of the immediate objectives of their collaboration. Using empirical evidence drawn from academic-SME collaborations supported by the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme in the UK, we find that, for many SMEs, engagement with academics has led to new business opportunities, including new market creation, new project engagement, new venture creation, and new strategic network development. The exploration of new business opportunities is facilitated when three overarching factors are present: i) a capable boundary spanner, who creates bridges within the SME and between the SME and the university, and gains an in-depth knowledge of the collaboration’s content; ii) a committed SME leadership willing to allocate resources and permissions to the collaboration, and encouraging an open flow of communication; iii) a strong relationship, characterised by trust and cognitive proximity, between the collaboration’s partners, who engage in open discussions and acknowledge and respect their different roles and responsibilities. These findings offer suggestions to SMEs, universities and policy makers in relation to improving the generation of long-term impacts on SMEs through engaged scholarship.en_US
dc.format.extent400 - 428-
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_US
dc.subjectEngaged scholarshipen_US
dc.subjectacademic engagementen_US
dc.subjectsmall and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)en_US
dc.subjectKnowledge Transfer Partnershipsen_US
dc.subjectboundary spanneren_US
dc.subjectnew business opportunitiesen_US
dc.titleThe long-term impact of engaged scholarship: How do SMEs capitalise on their engagement with academics to explore new opportunities?en_US
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