The Quadruple Helix Approach and Innovation in Small and Medium Enterprises

March 2019

Read the interesting master thesis of Mrs. Mariia Frizen on behalf of Open Europe Consulting.

OEC offers students the chance to write their bachelor or master thesis in our company. Students get direct insight into our consulting work and the OEC team benefits from new, refreshing perspectives from academia.

On this occasion, we would like to introduce to you the master thesis of Mariia Frizen on "The Quadruple Helix Approach and Innovation in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises".

The main results of the work are described in the abstract:

"In order to stay competitive, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) need to strengthen their capacity for innovation. This master thesis examines to which extent cross-sectoral cooperation based on the Quadruple Helix approach can advance SME innovation. A case study with five selected projects from the EU funding program "Interreg B" and twelve interviews with experts explore how SMEs can expand their skills and resources for innovation through an open exchange of knowledge in multi-level interdependencies. The result of this work shows how SMEs can develop their own skills and innovations in the Quadruple Helix environment and at the same time generate benefits for their cooperation partners. It further describes success factors and obstacles of Quadruple Helix collaborations working on social and technological innovations. Results are of interest to SMEs looking to develop projects in the field of research and development, and offer valuable input for sustainable economic growth which, in line with the objectives of the European Union, can lead to greater prosperity and coherence."

Here you can download the complete master thesis.

We congratulate Ms. Frizen on her successful Master's degree in Business Management and wish her every success in her future career.

Andrea Mewaldt and the OEC team

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