Executive Summary I
This thesis is part of a project called “
Sustainable competitiveness of SMEs inturbulent economic and social environments - a network approach
” or “dynamicSME” as short version. The project tries to
combine European innovation andorganizational learning models with Latin American survival strategies inturbulent economies.Dynamic SME is a four year project which started in April this year with supportof Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme Fellowship withinthe seventh European Community Framework Programme. On the one hand theproject has the objective to strengthen research partnerships through staff exchanges and networking activities between two European researchorganizations from Germany, Hochschule RheinMain, and Spain, UniversidasAutónoma de Madrid, and two Latin American research organizations fromBrazil, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, and Argentina, UniversidadNacional de Rosario. On the other hand it has the scientific objective to create aco-evolvement process towards a successful management model for SMEs thatcombines the European innovation and organizational learning model with LatinAmerican survival strategies in turbulent economies.European universities already have experience in cooperation with SMEs. One
example is the project “learning to grow” (“
Wachstum lernen - lernend wachsen
initiated by Professor Klaus North from Hochschule RheinMain in cooperationwith RKW Deutschland. The method developed for
“learning to grow”
is thebasis for this thesis. European approaches have, however, not been tested inturbulent economic environments.
In the course of “
the method of the project
,which has already proved being successful in Germany, will be tested in turbulentmarkets such as in Argentina and Brazil to find out to what extent it is applicableand what can be learned with the turbulent conditions in Latin America.