Catalysing SME Growth Through Research - Inaugural Skillnets SME Research Stakeholder Conference

The inaugural Skillnets SME Research Stakeholder Conference (May 30, 2017) was the first in a series of initiatives involving a research partnership between Skillnets and the College of Business at Dublin Institute of Technology.

Leading business academics from across Ireland and the UK presented eight research papers on management best practice to key stakeholders from the SME sector, including enterprises, SME representative bodies, national and regional enterprise development agencies, Government representatives and academics. The research addresses the challenges and issues of Irish SMEs and could have a valuable impact for businesses on their bottom line.

Paul Healy, Skillnets CEO, stated: "Investing in management is vital for the long-term success of any business and having access to the very latest research and knowledge is key to getting ahead in the market." 

View the press release.

Research Papers

Driving Firm-level Innovation: The Role of Policy and Human Resource Practices to Enhance the “Soft Side” of Human Capital
Prof Helena Lenihan, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick

Micro Enterprises – the Hidden Organisations and their Participation in the Public Procurement Market
Dr Paul Davis, Dublin City University Business School

Evaluating SME Performance and State Support
Dr Anthony Buckley, College of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology

Assessing the Impact of Firm Contingencies on Sectoral System of Innovation Fit Based on Firm Age and Strategic Intent
Dr Claire McBride, College of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology

Understanding Events in SMEs: Insights and Implications for Human Resource Management
Dr Brian Harney, Dublin City University Business School

Innovation without R&D: The SME Secrets of Competitive Advantage
Dr Lawrence Dooley, Cork University Business School

Innovation and How SMEs Go About It
Dr Peter Robbins, Department of Design Innovation, Maynooth University

Internationalisation of Creative Professional Service Firms
Dr Deirdre McQuillan, University of Bradford School of Management


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