R&D-cooperation by small and medium sized companies

Stefan Kuhlmann*, Uwe Kuntze

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It is suggested that there is reason to suppose that small and medium-sized manufacturing companies (SMEs) are dependent to a growing degree on R&D cooperation, this being governed by the size and direction of a company's technological orientation. The industrial integration of heterogeneous technologies, which is gaining more and more importance and is reflected in a verifiable increase in R&D cooperation among companies in the industrialized nations, is also drawing SMEs into its wake. Nevertheless R&D cooperation is not a goal in and of itself, but rather one measure among many for attaining ambitious innovation objectives. The most important reason for establishing relationships with third parties for R&D cooperation is the entry of a company into a completely new area of technology. Important prerequisites for successful R&D cooperation by small and medium-sized companies are examined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnology Management
Subtitle of host publicationthe New International Language
EditorsDundar F. Kocaoglu, Kiyoshi Niwa
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)0-7803-0161-7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1992
Externally publishedYes
Event1991 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology, PICMET 1991 - Portland, United States
Duration: 27 Oct 199131 Oct 1991


Conference1991 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology, PICMET 1991
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Commerce
  • Manufacturing industries
  • Research and development management
  • Technology transfer


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