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Collaborating for innovation: Community colleges, SMEs, and innovation in Manitoba

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Title: Collaborating for innovation: Community colleges, SMEs, and innovation in Manitoba
Author: Edmunds, T. Keith
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Rural Studies
Advisor: Lauzon, Al
Abstract: The importance of SMEs to the Canadian economy coupled with the significant role of innovation in ensuring the long-term viability of these businesses highlights the value of removing any barriers to innovation that may be experienced. Community colleges may provide a largely untapped resource for SMEs seeking to innovate. Focussing on Manitoba’s college system, this research was conducted utilizing interviews with key informants from three community colleges and surveys distributed widely throughout the province’s business community. A number of impressions were formed from this largely exploratory research project, including: (1) the conceptual model on which this research was largely based may not be ideally suited for all community college situations; (2) colleges and SMEs appear to have different operational definitions of “innovation”; (3) SMEs are largely unaware of the capacities of colleges to provide services regarding innovation; and (4) colleges have often developed bureaucratic roadblocks to the provision of services to SMEs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8861
Date: 2015
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada


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