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By Agostino Villa, Dario Antonelli

A major improvement in Small and Medium-sized company (SME) can now not be postponed within the eu commercial international. even if this want has been well-known for a number of years, fresh concepts from the eu fee have recalled the urgency of marketing new and extra strong SME firms, as a result of serious elements: the increase of large international markets and the emergence of a brand new commercial process originating from the incredibly diversified enterprise tradition of the a long way East. Globalization forces companies to take care of a recognizable effect on markets in either the outdated and New Worlds, yet this calls for efforts sustainable in simple terms through both huge companies or agglomerations of SMEs. however, the commercial structures of the a ways East take pleasure in a aggressive virtue according to very low wages, which are simply be counteracted via more recent and more recent applied sciences, requiring investments too heavy for SMEs. those concerns prompted crises in lots of business sectors throughout Europe and USA.

A highway Map to the improvement of ecu SME Networks analyzes the motives of the crises and their impact on a few assorted ecu nations. The research exhibits that the widely followed resolution has been the combination of a number of SMEs in networked enterprises that warrantly either potency in inner buying and selling and contractual energy in dealings with the "outside world". but nearly all of those networks be afflicted by an absence of potent coordination: a mode for describing the several degrees of governance in a community, and for evaluating them with identified most sensible practices, will be necessary to absolutely take advantage of the capability functionality of the community. The e-book addresses this factor by way of describing a conceptual version of the community association, and by utilizing it for functionality review goals and for picking out powerful and vulnerable issues within the network.

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2 Poles of Competitiveness in France 33 demic and scientific actors, and a lower but clear representation for regional institutions. The coordination entity employs a permanent staff whose mission consists mainly in playing the role of the key facilitator in the emergence of innovation projects among the various actors concerned. National and regional governments both contribute to the funding of the clusters. The principal mission of such a coordination entity consists in: • Elaboration and deployment of the general strategy for the cluster • Coordination and selection (with a designation) of research projects which can become candidates for public funding assigned to clusters • National and international communication in the cluster • Launching cooperation with other clusters in France and abroad • Evaluation of projects A mid-term program is defined to ensure the adequate supervision of the relations among the clusters, government, and territorial institutions.

Contribution of technology to economic growth and competitiveness is significant and is of great importance to innovation in any economy (Mowery and Rosenberg 1989). Science and technology parks (STEPAs) are essential means for transferring the scientific and technological knowledge from the research institutes and universities into enterprises. A STEPA is a mediator that contributes considerably to the regional growth, facilitating the creation of hightechnology spin-off companies and disseminating innovative technological achievements to regional SMEs.

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