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This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a book chapter that has been published in its final definitive form by Edward Elgar., 2021.
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SMEs have the advantages of being flexible and agile but have the limitations of a more limited pool of in-house expertise. The welcome proliferation of data and the new wave of digital communication through Industry 4.0 mean that there are opportunities to be grasped. The necessary skills, however, may be outside of the skill-set used to set up the SME. To develop a data analytical capability, SMEs need to take action. The various options include up-skilling current staff, employing new ready-trained staff, bringing in consultants, making partnerships with more advanced non-competitor larger companies or SMEs, and teaming up with higher education providers. In this chapter we explore the pros and cons of SMEs working in partnership with universities to develop their data capabilities. Based on many years’ experience of working with SMEs, the chapter reviews what can be learnt from these partnerships.
Author(s): Coleman SY
Editor(s): Adam Lindgreen, Thomas Ritter, Carsten Lund Pedersen, and Torsten Ringberg
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Big Data in Small Business: Data-driven Growth in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Print publication date: 28/09/2021
Acceptance date: 02/06/2021
Publisher: Edward Elgar.
Place Published: Cheltenham, UK
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