Following the Footprints of SME Competitiveness in a High-Technology Sector

Luís Farinha, Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen

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This chapter examines the competitiveness footprints of SMEs within a high-tech cluster. A mixed methodology combining quantitative and qualitative data is used. More specifically, a case study is offered to show trends in innovative and entrepreneurial collaboration associated with an internationally competitive high-tech cluster. The findings shed light on the importance of collective efficiency strategies, with a focus on RD&I, implemented by SMEs that operate in an international and competitive market. This chapter highlights the lessons learned in two specific aspects: the role of innovation in the competitiveness of SMEs and the role of innovation and entrepreneurship networks in enhancing the functions of a high-technology industrial cluster, the Portuguese Engineering and Tooling Cluster.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInnovation, Technology and Knowledge Management
Number of pages19
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameInnovation, Technology and Knowledge Management
ISSN (Print)2197-5698
ISSN (Electronic)2197-5701


  • Clusters
  • Innovation
  • Networking
  • RDI projects
  • SMEs competitiveness
  • Triple helix

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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