Knowledge Exchange and Learning and Development in a Newly Formed SME: An Example from the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme

Wynn, Martin G and Lau, Erin and Maryszczak, Peter (2011) Knowledge Exchange and Learning and Development in a Newly Formed SME: An Example from the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Scheme. In: Innovation through Knowledge Transfer 2010. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies (9). Springer-Verlag, Berlin, pp. 203-212. ISBN 978-3-642-20508-8

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the how the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme has been used to introduce new information systems and advance learning and development at Optimum Consultancy Ltd, which was formed on 1st July 2008 via the amalgamation of Hama Ltd and J Orchard Consulting Limited. This new company now has 35 staff and turnover grew from £2.4m in 2008-9 to £3.1m in 2009-10. The knowledge base partner is the University of Gloucestershire, based in Cheltenham, UK. The KTP product is arguably the most used channel for effecting knowledge transfer between universities and local industries in the UK. The impact of the project is reviewed in terms of improved efficiencies, professional development, skills enhancement and organisational change. Learning and development were embodied in this major project to implement an integrated IT solution for the new company and rationalise and standardise the core business processes in the three offices situated at different locations in UK.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge transfer, Learning and development, IS strategy, Systems integration, Process change
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD2340.8 Small and Medium-sized businesses, artisans, handcrafts, trades
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > HD58 Organizational behavior, change and effectiveness. Corporate culture
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Computing and Technology > Technical Computing
Research Priority Areas: Innovation, Design and Technology
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 17 May 2016 15:26
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2016 11:54
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3499

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