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How are micro enterprises adopting emergent technologies?

Dorrington, Peter, Lacan, Franck Andre and Bigot, Samuel 2016. How are micro enterprises adopting emergent technologies? Presented at: 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing (SDM-2016), Chania, Greece, 4-6 April 2016. Published in: Setchi, Rossitza, Howlett, Robert J., Liu, Ying and Theobald, Peter eds. Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2016. Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies (SIST) , vol. 52. Cham: Springer, pp. 215-226. 10.1007/978-3-319-32098-4_19

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Abstract

This paper presents the results from a survey of emerging and micro SMEs, along with entrepreneurs, creative practitioners, and the new group of ‘makers’, who are beginning to adopt (or consider adopting) the newer entry-level emergent technologies such as 3D printing. A number of key findings are discussed: including, the prevalence of ‘self-taught’ users of these technologies; major business activity in the creative industry space; the importance of shared equipment usage by micro organisations in comparison to small companies using external bureau services. Unsurprisingly cost is still cited as a factor for poor uptake of emergent technologies, closely followed by a low awareness of 3D printing and its capabilities, and 3D printing supply chains. Skill levels reported by the participants for each technology highlighted that 3D printing had the most pro-users, which may highlight the increased access to such technologies for micro enterprises, typically reserved for incumbent organisations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Micro SME; 3D printing; Digital technologies; Emerging technologies
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9783319320960
ISSN: 2190-3018
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2019 10:59
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/98552

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