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Abstract

This study has aimed to identify what are potentially the most effective ways of stimulating the development of telematic-based learning services amongst small and medium enterprises (SMEs) through the process of technology and innovation transfer along SME networks. A database of 2114 entries has been created of which 1886 were surveyed with a questionnaire. There was a 19% response rate to the survey. The database has been used to provide supporting evidence for this study. This report contains conclusions and recommendations resulting from the study. In particular it: defines the nature of SMEs and their importance; highlights the fact that SMEs consist of many different types of organisation and should not be considered as one homogenous mass; provides an overview of the training needs; describes developments in telematics services and telematics-based learning services; describes the process of innovation transfer within a SME training context; describes the types of SME networks and their role in the innovation transfer process; describes the financial mechanisms to support training; draws some overall conclusions and makes some future recommendations for policy makers.

Additional information

Authors: BATES P J, pjb Associates (GB);FURMINGER M, Euronet Associates, Northampton (GB);HALDANE A, SOLU (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1995) 61pp., free of charge
Availability: Available from the Telematics for Education and Training Sector, European Commission, DG XIII/C-3, L-2920 Luxembourg (LU)
Record Number: 199630004 / Last updated on: 1996-03-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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