Focus Group: Breakfast Meeting: SMEs and Their Co-Operation with Academia

  • Jean Michel Antoine
  • Mats Strömqvist
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 569)


Co-operation between SMEs and Academia can be a win-win situation when each partner understands the constraints of the other. SMEs are often leaders in innovation; therefore more ready to share interest in research. They are flexible and dynamic. They need a short feed-back to sustain their co-operation. Academia is often more long-term oriented and more question- than answer-oriented. A code of conduct can ease the relationship because it can anticipate the potential problems.

Key words

SMEs Co-operation Research 


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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean Michel Antoine
    • 1
  • Mats Strömqvist
    • 2
  1. 1.Danone VitapolePalaiseauFrance
  2. 2.Arexis ABGöteborgSweden

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