Facilitators of national innovation policy in a SME-dominated country: A case study of Taiwan

Chia Yi Chen, Yu Ling Lin, Po-Young Chu

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Twenty years ago, Taiwan faced the common constraints of most SME-dominated developing countries in build up scientific and technological capabilities. To facilitate the implementation of national innovation policy, Taiwan government has over time generously supported non-profit R&D institutions which embedded themselves into the triple helix model. Among the institutes, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park (HSIP) are the most visible. This paper aims to illustrate a case study discussing how ITRI and HSIP have helped SMEs in Taiwan overcome the challenges of technology, human resources, and new business venture when developing a high-tech sector. For other countries seeking to build up innovation capabilities and currently reliant on SMEs, it is worth studying the case of Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-415
Number of pages11
JournalInnovation: Management, Policy and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Hsinchu Science-based Industrial Park (HSIP)
  • Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)
  • National innovation policy
  • Taiwan
  • Triple helix model

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