A Study of Technology Uptake Processes in Manufacturing SMEs

  • Rainer Seidel
  • Barbara Simpson
  • David Tweed
  • Darl Kolb
  • Judy McGregor
  • John Henley-King
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This paper presents the findings of a three-year study of the ability of manufacturing SMEs to take up new or improved technologies and use them effectively in their efforts to innovate. Based on empirical fieldwork, an integrated model that covers a broad range of factors that influence technology uptake in manufacturing SMEs has been developed. The model has been tested, refined and extended to provide a list of competencies necessary for the successful uptake and management of technology in SMEs. Manufacturers are able to use the model and competency list as an audit tool to identify their areas of strength and opportunities for improvement by comparing their competencies with those needed to successfully manage technology uptake and innovation.


Technological Learning Managerial Competency Audit Tool Small Business Management Business Competitiveness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rainer Seidel
    • 1
  • Barbara Simpson
    • 1
  • David Tweed
    • 2
  • Darl Kolb
    • 1
  • Judy McGregor
    • 2
  • John Henley-King
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.Massey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

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