Technology Transfer as Driver for Innovation and Automation in SMEs - Experiences and results from different programs in Norway
- Leif Anders Estensen, Terje Bakken, Anandasivakumar Ekambaram
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- Leif Anders Estensen
Available Online November 2016.
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- competence brokering; knowledge and technology transfer; product development; automation; collaboration
- Competence brokering for knowledge and technology transfer plays an important role in innovation and development within small and medium sized companies (SMEs). This type of activity focusing on cooperation between SME's and R&D environment has been implemented in various applications in Norway for many years. The transferred knowledge leads to company specific projects in innovation and development. In both national and international studies, it is documented that 60-70 % of the challenges and needs of SMEs in different countries are related to products, processes and international marketing. The basic idea of brokering is to improve collaboration between companies and R&D institutes in order to facilitate innovation, development and value creation. The major characteristic of the brokering is to visit companies, build rust, and systematically audit the challenges and needs, clarify and identify relevant projects, and assist companies to obtain and apply R&D knowledge. This can be done by individual cooperation between one company and one researcher, or within networks where more companies and researchers participate. The paper presents the Norwegian approach and experiences of competence brokering and technology transfer to SMEs in regional innovation and development. The work is based on action research, reflection, experiences from the brokers' point of view and literature studies, and focuses also on experiences from company specific projects which have resulted in significant improvements and better efficiency in production.
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TY - CONF AU - Leif Anders Estensen AU - Terje Bakken AU - Anandasivakumar Ekambaram PY - 2016/11 DA - 2016/11 TI - Technology Transfer as Driver for Innovation and Automation in SMEs - Experiences and results from different programs in Norway BT - 6th International Workshop of Advanced Manufacturing and Automation PB - Atlantis Press SN - 2352-5428 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/iwama-16.2016.49 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/iwama-16.2016.49 ID - Estensen2016/11 ER -