Following the Footprints of SME Competitiveness in a High-Technology Sector

  • Luís FarinhaEmail author
  • Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen
Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM)


This chapter examines the competitiveness footprints of SMEs within a high-tech cluster. A mixed methodology combining quantitative and qualitative data is used. More specifically, a case study is offered to show trends in innovative and entrepreneurial collaboration associated with an internationally competitive high-tech cluster. The findings shed light on the importance of collective efficiency strategies, with a focus on RD&I, implemented by SMEs that operate in an international and competitive market. This chapter highlights the lessons learned in two specific aspects: the role of innovation in the competitiveness of SMEs and the role of innovation and entrepreneurship networks in enhancing the functions of a high-technology industrial cluster, the Portuguese Engineering and Tooling Cluster.


Innovation SMEs competitiveness Clusters RDI projects Networking Triple helix 



We would like to thank the employees of Pool-Net (Portuguese Tooling and Plastics Network), CENTIMFE, and OPEN Incubator for their valuable input. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Informa D&B for the data on the sector.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Polytechnic Institute of Castelo Branco & NECE at University of Beira Interior, PTCovilhãPortugal
  2. 2.State University of New York – BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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