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Influence of university–firm governance on SMEs innovation and performance levels

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The purpose of this paper is to study how different university–firm governance styles impact SMEs' innovation and performance. In this sense, we differentiate between relational governance – based on interpersonal links of trust – and contractual governance — based on codified scientific and technological knowledge. The empirical analysis is based on data gathered through a questionnaire administered to a sample of 600 Spanish SMEs. The findings show that only contractual university–firm relationships have a direct and significant effect on innovation, whereas relational activities promote and support contractual activities. The findings have managerial implications not just for firms, but also for universities.
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halshs-01354120 , version 1 (17-08-2016)

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Domingo Garcia-Perez-De-Lema, Antonia Madrid-Guijarro, Dominique Philippe Martin. Influence of university–firm governance on SMEs innovation and performance levels. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2017, 123, pp.250-261. ⟨10.1016/j.techfore.2016.04.003⟩. ⟨halshs-01354120⟩
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