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Successfully submitted for the award of Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil) to the Technological University Dublin July, 2011.


To promote industry sustainability and to catalyze links between publicly-funded knowledge providers and companies, the Irish government has invested significantly in food-orientated research and development. This project aims to facilitate a greater understanding of the motivations and barriers influencing the decision by small and medium-sized food enterprises (SME) to invest in technological innovation, emanating from research conducted in publicly-funded organisations. A critical review of the literature was used to develop a framework for investigating the uptake of technological innovations from sources external to the company. In order to ground this framework within the specific context of the Irish food industry, a series of in-depth interviews were conducted with key food industry representatives (n=7). Building from the literature and exploratory interviews, a postal survey of Irish food SMEs was undertaken (n=399). A response rate of 31.8% (n=117) was achieved. An open innovation scale was constructed from measures of the perceived relevance of academia, support agencies and publicly-funded research. Results of t-tests for independence indicated that companies which showed a propensity towards open innovation were more likely to have performed product [F(1, 118)=3.9, p=0.05] and process [F(1, 111)=3.7, p


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