The innovation potential of living-labs to strengthen small and medium enterprises in regional Australia

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Dhakal, Subas P., Mahmood, Muhammad N., Wiewiora, Anna, Brown, Kerry and Keast, Robyn. 2013. "The innovation potential of living-labs to strengthen small and medium enterprises in regional Australia ." Australasian Journal of Regional Studies. 19 (3), pp. 456-474.
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The innovation potential of living-labs to strengthen small and medium enterprises in regional Australia

ERA Journal ID18329
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDhakal, Subas P. (Author), Mahmood, Muhammad N. (Author), Wiewiora, Anna (Author), Brown, Kerry (Author) and Keast, Robyn (Author)
Journal TitleAustralasian Journal of Regional Studies
Journal Citation19 (3), pp. 456-474
Number of Pages19
Year2013
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1324-0935
Web Address (URL)http://www.anzrsai.org/download.pl?param=547
Abstract

The small and medium enterprise (SME) sector has been the major source of well-being and employment opportunities in regional Australia. Consequently, fostering the innovative capacity of SMEs in regions that are struggling to grow their economies and distribute the growth fairly while not degrading the environment has never been more important. While SMEs generally face more uncertainties in relation to resources (e.g. financial, human and social capital) when compared to larger businesses, collaborative, cutting-edge mechanisms to enhance innovation capabilities of regional SMEs are lacking. This paper responds to this gap and proposes a Living Laboratory – an open, multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder action research platform where innovations can be co-created, tested and evaluated in the every-day environment of SMEs – as a way to strengthen the SME sector in regional Australia.

Keywordscommunication technologies, innovation policy, regional sustainable development, small and medium enterprises, social capital
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440709. Public policy
330406. Regional analysis and development
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Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy. Email: nateque.mahmood@usq.edu.au
Anna Wiewiora's name spelt incorrectly on paper.

Byline AffiliationsSouthern Cross University
School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Queensland University of Technology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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