The Roles of Independent Research and Technology Organisations in the United Kingdom's Technology Transfer Mechanisms to SMEs

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Independent Research and Technology Organizations (RTOs) provide an increasing proportion of the UK's technology services requirements. RTOs, often for mer state research establishments spun out into the private sector, provide technology consulting and networking services to specific sectors or for generic technologies; some are membership-based organizations while others work for contract clients. In this paper we explore the roles and services provided by RTOs, together with the measures being taken to assist small firms that, for many RTOs, for m a new and challenging market. The diversity of services and approaches to SMEs are related, in part, to the different origins of RTOs. The research indicates three forms of technology services market failure that suggest a need for ongoing external support for the market's mechanism.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-249
Number of pages9
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002