R&D Experience working with Low Tech Companies

Author: Amiram PORATH
Published in: Vol:8 No.4 / 2007

      The sections above have discussed the topic of performing R&D with a Low-Tech SME. The Economic theory has shown that such an action would meet with difficulties as the SME without an R&D unit would not have difficulties in performing the R&D, and more so in applying the R&D results to its needs. It would in fact be necessary to create an R&D entity in the SME to perform the task well.
      The short case study presented above also presents empirical evidence in spport of that claim, further assisted by the presentation of two national programs partly aimed at solving the problem.
      The discussion above claimed that in search for furthering R&D activity and as part of creating R&D support programs for SMEs, it is important to bear in mind the need of the Low-Tech SME for an R&D unit. Such programs should aim at the creation of such a unit in the SME as their long term goal and include it in their by-laws. The creation of R&D units in Low-Tech SMEs could well be the greater benefit compared to the technological results of any specific project.