Technology upgrading of Small-and-Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) through a manpower secondment strategy – A mixed-methods study of Singapore's T-Up program

Yuen Ping Ho, Yi Ruan, Chang Chieh Hang, Poh Kam Wong

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Abstract

This paper outlines a scheme that uses manpower from public research institutes to assist the technology upgrading of Small-and-Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). The Growing Enterprises through Technology Upgrading (GET-Up) initiative has been successfully implemented in Singapore since 2003. The key program in the initiative is a manpower secondment scheme (i.e. a temporary placement of manpower in a different organization) known as T-Up. We propose that T-Up represents a new approach to technology transfer which additionally maximizes the industrial impact of public sector research. Instead of traditional technology transfer modes which are transactions-based, T-Up utilizes skills and human resource transfer through secondment of public sector researchers. Findings from two surveys conducted in 2005 and 2012 show that the T-Up secondment program had positive impact on the technological capabilities, innovation performance and growth of participating companies. Additionally, case studies highlight that this approach addresses a wide range of challenges faced by local SMEs and is flexible enough to cater to specific needs and requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-29
Number of pages9
JournalTechnovation
Volume57-58
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016

Keywords

  • Open innovation
  • Public research institutes
  • Small-and-Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Technology transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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