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Universities, SMEs and social capital: can you get too much of a good thing? an illustrative analysis of one university’s knowledge exchange programme

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Universities, SMEs and social capital : can you get too much of a good thing? an illustrative analysis of one university’s knowledge exchange programme. / Gordon, Ian Stuart.

In: Industry and Higher Education, Vol. 30, No. 6, 12.2016, p. 382-393.

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abstract = "This article explores a university knowledge exchange programme for small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owner/managers.Specifically, it considers why a programme designed to achieve growth in a group of SMEs through the creation of a network high in social capital may have become a constraint on the programme{\textquoteright}s effectiveness over a period of 5 years. The article presents findings from ethnographic observation and interviews with eight participants. The main findings suggest that university facilitators should guard against becoming part of a strong tie network of delegates, which in this case may have resulted in a reduction in their ability to bridge to other groups and networks. In addition, without the periodical introduction of new activities, there is the danger that the group will become stale.",
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