Exploring the process of university collaboration from the perspective of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), this book offers an in-depth examination of the collaboration process, dispelling the myth of the disengagement of these firms. Andrew Johnston and Robert Huggins present a thorough account of how SMEs can ‘unlock the ivory tower’ and gain access to university knowledge to support their own innovation.
This unique Companion provides a comprehensive overview and critical evaluation of existing
conceptualizations and new developments in innovation research. It draws on multiple perspectives of
innovation, knowledge and creativity from economics, geography, history, management, political
science and sociology. The Companion brings together leading scholars to reflect upon innovation as
a concept (Part I), innovation and institutions (Part II), innovation and creativity (Part III),
innovation, networking and communities (Part IV), innovation in permanent spatial settings (Part V),
innovation in temporary, virtual and open settings (Part VI), innovation, entrepreneurship and
market making (Part VII), and the governance and management of innovation (Part VIII).