The research center was established according to Guidelines for Establishing Research Center in College of Management, National Taiwan University. It was named “Small and Medium Enterprise Development Research Center” and approved at College Faculty Meeting in College of Management, National Taiwan University.
According to 2018 White Paper on Small and Medium Enterprise, more than 97% of enterprises in Taiwan are small and medium enterprises. The number of employees they recruit accounts for 78% of the overall employment population. Moreover, they are the main source of innovation in the industries in Taiwan; this reveals the importance of the small and medium enterprises towards the economy in Taiwan. Facing the change of environment and global competition, the development of small and medium enterprises in Taiwan is under severe challenge. How to enhance the capability of small and medium enterprises in Taiwan is significantly related to industry upgrading and national competitiveness, and it is an issue that must be highly emphasized by all circles.
The center aims to combine the College of Management in National Taiwan University with other experts from the relevant fields inside and outside the university to give guidance to the development of small and medium enterprises in Taiwan based on practical researches as well as deepen the understanding and control towards relevant issues. The cross-college and cross-department organization is specially established to assist small and medium enterprises in developing their ability of cross-border marketing, skill development, trading and investment, and innovative operation as well as enhance the economy and industrial competitiveness in Taiwan.
The integration of academic with enterprise practice is the important purpose for establishing the center. The center hopes to increase the exchange and cooperation between the College of Management in National Taiwan University and relevant groups for the information, teaching, research, and activities needed in guiding small and medium enterprise development. We plan to push relevant integrated research programs forward and expect our college to become the place of strategic importance for small and medium enterprise development and research in the Asian-Pacific region. The planned research topics include small and medium enterprise international market expansion, innovative enterprise incubation and growth, small and medium enterprise upgrading and transformation as well as small and medium enterprise handing down generation after generation and sustainable development.