Enterprise education and the adoption of newer technologies within small firms

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Jones-Evans, Dylan and Thompson, P. and Kwong, C. (2008) Enterprise education and the adoption of newer technologies within small firms. In: The 16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference : May 22-23, 2008 + May 21 Doctoral Workshop, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands., 22 May 2008 - 23 May 2008, Enschede, The Netherlands .

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Event: The 16th Annual High Technology Small Firms Conference : May 22-23, 2008 + May 21 Doctoral Workshop, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands., 22 May 2008 - 23 May 2008, Enschede, The Netherlands
Abstract:Enterprise education has been regularly cited as a tool which can be utilised to not only increase the level of entrepreneurship within an economy, but also the success of those enterprises started. This paper explores the extent to which participation in enterprise education is associated with the adoption of new technology within new businesses. As this is one way that businesses can remain competitive not only within their own countries but when competing against international competition. Using data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor survey from the UK, the study finds weak evidence that those undertaking enterprise education in the form of university based schemes or government sponsored training schemes are more likely to be using newer technology. However, this relationship is relatively weak and does bring into question whether many enterprise courses are effective value for money.
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