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Effective approaches for innovation support for SMEs.

Malins, Julian; Gulari, Melehat Nil


Julian Malins

Melehat Nil Gulari


Providing appropriate innovation support to small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is an on-going challenge. Governments offer a range of initiatives from advice, to research and development grants; however, the underlying methodological frameworks for these interventions are often unclear. Universities have an increasing role to play in providing an understanding of the learning frameworks that surround innovation support and by providing design-led interventions that follow a design thinking approach. This paper considers the ways in which innovation knowledge can be transferred to SMEs based on a constructivist model of knowledge development. The development of Communities of Practice that support innovation making use of IT systems is also explored. Observations are made on the most effective ways of providing support for SMEs applying an experiential learning model, based on the authors experience of directing and working within the Centre for Design & Innovation (c4di) at the Robert Gordon University Aberdeen.


MALINS, J. and GULARI, M.N. 2013. Effective approaches for innovation support for SMEs. Swedish design research journal [online], 2(13), pages 32-39. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 31, 2013
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2013
Publication Date Dec 31, 2013
Deposit Date Jul 7, 2014
Publicly Available Date Jul 7, 2014
Journal Swedish design research journal
Print ISSN 2000-964X
Publisher Swedish Industrial Design Foundation (SVID)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 13
Pages 32-39
Keywords Centres for Design & Innovation; Knowledge exchange; Experiential learning; Trialogical learning
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