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Enterprise Education and the Adoption of New Technologies Within Small Firms

Thompson, P and Kwong, CCY and Jones-Evans, D (2012) 'Enterprise Education and the Adoption of New Technologies Within Small Firms.' In: Groen, A and Oakey, R and Van Der Sijde, P and Cook, G, (eds.) New Technology-Based Firms in the New Millennium. Emerald, 5 - 22. ISBN 9781780521183

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Abstract

Enterprise education has been regularly cited as a tool which can be utilised to not only increase the level of entrepreneurship within an economy, but also the success of those enterprises created. This chapter explores the extent to which participation in enterprise education is associated with the adoption of new technology within new businesses since this is one way that businesses can remain competitive, not only within their own countries, but when competing internationally. Using data from the UK Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) survey, the study finds evidence that those firms undertaking enterprise education in the form of university-based schemes or government sponsored training programmes are more likely to be using newer technology. However, this relationship is relatively weak, and brings into question whether many enterprise courses offer effective value for money.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School > Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 15:23
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2019 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/4323

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