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Peripherality and University collaboration: Evidence from rural SMEs in the UK

Johnston, Andrew and Prokop, Daniel ORCID: 2021. Peripherality and University collaboration: Evidence from rural SMEs in the UK. Journal of Rural Studies 88 , pp. 298-306. 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.08.014

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While innovation is viewed as crucial means of promoting competitiveness of rural SMEs, rural areas can be blighted by an ‘underdeveloped innovation environment’. Perhaps due to an urban bias in innovation research, open innovation through university collaboration among rural SMEs has not been extensively examined. Using a dataset of 880 rural SMEs from the UK, the paper suggests that rural SMEs are less likely to collaborate with a university than urban SMEs. Furthermore, higher numbers of employees and export revenues have a positive influence on the propensity to collaborate with a university. In addition, collaborating with organisations such as private laboratories and public sector research institutes increases the propensity to engage in university collaboration.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0743-0167
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 August 2021
Date of Acceptance: 11 August 2021
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 04:24

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