1981
Volume 2, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1474-2748
  • E-ISSN: 2040-0551

Abstract

This paper focuses on the ‘HomeBrokers’ project developed by the Porto Alegre Technopole in Brazil. This project operated from May 1998 to December 1999 in a pilot phase. Its service addressed the socio-economic significance of small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), which largely thrive on traditional technologies, and the need to promote the innovation culture among such enterprises. A major challenge in this respect has been bridging the traditional gap between the researchers/academics and the small- and medium-size entrepreneurs. In developing countries like Brazil, creating a good environment for innovation to occur across the economic spectrum and for a robust and sustainable industrial base to emerge would call for policy provision aimed at fostering the transformation of traditional sector activities, especially the SMEs, by enabling them to interact with and learn from high-technology-based enterprises. This is important as SMEs contribute significantly to regional employment.

Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1386/ijis.2.3.191/1
2004-12-01
2023-03-28
Loading full text...

Full text loading...

http://instance.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1386/ijis.2.3.191/1
Loading
  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): innovation; manufacturing extension; SMEs; technology transfer; technopole
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a success
Invalid data
An error occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error