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CADIC Mission and Objectives

Mission

The CADIC RTD partners will take the individual requirements of five pilot companies engaging in clusters and networks…
…to build up a demand-driven support system combining tailor-made online-services, innovative tools and offline services…
…in order to facilitate topic-centered and problem-oriented cluster building, enhancement, development and learning…
…for the benefit of the single company and the respective cluster.

Objectives

Create an innovative, facilitatory and safe cooperative communication environment for the SME’s linked in knowledge-intensive, innovative, and expanding clusters, characterized by flows of process knowledge (“how to”) between cluster members.

Enhance IC flows and IC flow-management within and between the member SMEs, and enhancing IC-based transactions with other stakeholders. CADIC ensures that these activities realize pathways to value (tangible and intangible), and improve the safety and opportunity-richness of the business environment that the SMEs inhabit. Achievement of the latter goal is essential in order to make a strong positive impact on the performance of the sector as a whole. To maximize impact, clusters must stimulate growth by enriching the business context: enhancing their “relational capital” through collaboration and bonding among local firms and agencies across all sectors.

Overcome “coopetition anxiety”: The process of flow, which being relational, enhances collaboration and generates a common language which ensures that exchanges in co-opetitive situations focus on advantages/opportunities gained through cooperative infrastructure development (avoiding competitively sensitive issues). CADIC enables SMEs to rapidly acquire and use this language, fostering the building of trust and radically increasing overall cluster performance: generating a safer SME business environment, increasingly to find productive niches.

Enable comparability of individual IC assessments: To be successful in their business environment companies generate and use specific configurations of Intellectual Capital which are mostly very specific and context dependent. Assessment of IC therefore is based on individual objectives and strategic prerequisites of the respective company. To start cooperation based on IC configurations presupposes a standardised basis for the comparison of this individual IC analysis. Based on the EU FP6-project InCaS, it is the aim of CADIC RTD performers to develop a sound concept to compare the Intellectual Capital of organisations and clusters.

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