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Trust building in science-based SMEs in the North East of England: an ecosystem perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Steven Pattinson, Professor James Cunningham



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Emerald Publishing Limited, 2022.

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Purpose: This paper five identifies exigent factors that enable and constrain trust building in a science-based innovation ecosystem. Design/methodology/approach: Set in the Northeast of England, this study adopts a processual sensemaking approach to thematically analyse interviews with a diverse range of participants in six science-based SMEs. Findings: The findings provide a unique exposition of trust building in an innovation ecosystem across geographic and platform relationships. In doing so, the findings highlight factors outside of contractual agreements that enable or constrain trust building in an innovation ecosystem. Research limitations/implications: Limitations centred on subjectivity in the use of thematic analysis, sample bias and size. Sampling limitations were mitigated through the research design and analysis. Practical implications: The findings provide unique insights into understanding the exigent factors that enable or constrain trust building in a science-based innovation ecosystem. Originality/value: The study identifies five exigent factors that constrain or enable trust building in science-based SMEs’ innovation ecosystem at a micro-level – Building network relationships, degree of novelty, protection of innovations, propensity for adding value, propensity for risk.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Pattinson S, Cunningham J, Preece D, Davies MAP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development

Year: 2022

Volume: 29

Issue: 6

Pages: 902-919

Print publication date: 20/09/2022

Online publication date: 11/01/2022

Acceptance date: 22/12/2021

Date deposited: 20/01/2022

ISSN (print): 1462-6004

Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited


DOI: 10.1108/JSBED-11-2019-0360


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