A Comparison of Small and Large Business Managers' Attitudes Toward Innovation and the Role of Government in Promoting Technology
House Resolution 820 calls for the establishment of technology partnerships, funded by the federal government, designed specifically to improve small businesses access to technology. However, government-industry partnerships have been criticized for creating a government-assisted organization to compete with do1nestic private sector firms. The critics of such partnerships argue that marker intervention by the government often results in competitive disadvantages for the very firms the partnership was intended to help. This study assessed the attitudes of small business owners and managers toward government directed market interventions such as that proposed in HR 820. The results suggest that there are some important differences between managers at large corporations and small businesses on the effectiveness of market intervention by the government, both in terms of job creation and technology enhancement. Within the subsample of small firms, however, there is sharp disagreement on the value of government programs such as those proposed in H.R. 820.
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