How can academic-policy collaboration become more effective? A stewardship approach to academic-policy engaged scholarship: the case of SME internationalisation

Fletcher, M. , Dimitratos, P. and Young, S. (2018) How can academic-policy collaboration become more effective? A stewardship approach to academic-policy engaged scholarship: the case of SME internationalisation. Transnational Corporations, 25(1), pp. 23-41.

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Abstract

In response to calls for more policy-relevant academic research, this paper undertakes a stewardship approach to examine an engaged scholarship policy programme targeted at supporting the internationalization of Small and MediumSized Enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland, namely the Global Companies Development Programme (GCDP). The study was undertaken by academics and included a combined formal evaluation and research study, a follow-up workshop and group interviews over a ten-year-period. This study extends the stewardship approach to the engaged scholarship context. The findings suggest that stakeholders view their collaboration as a “supra-organizational” formation through which they can identify and empathize with its objectives; require skilful boundary spanners who consistently promote the objectives of the collaboration in the participating organizations; and, accentuate effective knowledge generation and transfer to SME internationalization activities that reflect the outcomes of their collaboration. We discuss policy implications for the development of private-public and interagency partnerships.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dimitratos, Professor Pavlos and Young, Professor Stephen and Fletcher, Dr Margaret
Authors: Fletcher, M., Dimitratos, P., and Young, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Transnational Corporations
Publisher:UN Transnational Corporations and Investment
ISSN:1014-9562
ISSN (Online):1014-9562

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