The effectiveness of knowledge networks : an investigation of manufacturing SMEs

T. Hughes, N. O'Regan, M. Sims

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Although considerable attention in the extant literature has been devoted to knowledge acquisition and transfer within firms, there is a dearth of research on the effectiveness of outside sources of knowledge for technology-based small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Furthermore, the majority of empirical studies in this area focus on large firms while research on smaller firms is underdeveloped. The aim of this paper is to investigate the impact of the sources of knowledge on the performance of technology manufacturing firms and the implications for higher education institutions (HEIs) providing advice to this sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-681
JournalEducation and Training
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • business performance
  • competitive advantage
  • knowledge management
  • knowledge transfer
  • manufacturing industries
  • small to medium-sized enterprises


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