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Growing Enterprises Through a Technology Upgrading Strategy – The Case of Singapore's GET-UP Program as an Alternative Mode of Technology Transfer

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The seminar outlines the GET -UP scheme that uses public research institutes to assist the technology upgrading of small and medium enterprises. The scheme that comprises a slate of 4 different programs has been successfully implemented in Singapore since 2003. Findings from surveys show that the scheme has had positive impact on the technological capabilities, innovation performance and growth aspirations of participating companies. Additionally, selected case studies highlight that this integrated approach addresses a wide range of challenges faced by local small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and is flexible enough to cater to specific needs and requirements. We propose that GET -Up represents a new integrated approach to technology transfer which additionally maximizes the industrial impact of public sector research. Instead of traditional technology transfer, this scheme utilizes skills and human resource transfer, supplemented by a practical technology roadmapping program, provision of technical advisors when needed and also joint R&D in selected firms.

Annie Ruan is a Research Fellow in the Division of Engineering and Technology Management (D-ETM), Faculty of Engineering, in the National University of Singapore. Her main research area focuses on industrial innovation and government policy.

This talk is part of the Manufacturing Research Forum series.

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