UKSP2015 Survey at a Glance
The first phase of the United Kingdom Science and Technology Parks Survey (UKSTP2015 Survey: Ecosystems and Co-evolution) was announced in April 2015, and launched on June 1, 2015. Aston Business School conducted the first United Kingdom Science and Technology Parks Survey (UKSTP2015 Survey) to gather information about current business practices of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) located in science and technology parks in the United Kingdom. The main objective of the first United Kingdom Science and Technology Parks Survey was to explore the potential dynamics of innovation activities in science and technology park ecosystems, being generated by a range of co-evolution opportunities among onsite small and medium sized businesses and between them and other internal and external stakeholders, which associated with the development innovation architecture in onsite SMEs. The UKSTP2015 Survey focused on the ways in which the living life of science and technology park ecosystems orchestrates on-site SMEs` management insights and innovation activities.
The UKSTP2015 data will provide a means to measuring the types and trends in innovation activity among on-site SMEs located in the United Kingdom Science and Technology Parks. These data were collected separately for each region and through a parallel online survey. The UKSTP2015 questionnaire was developed through detailed consultation and piloted before finalising.
The UKSTP2015 survey targeted senior managers, and collected information from a representative sample of onsite SMEs in each region (i.e. East Midlands, East of England, Greater London, North East, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, South West, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humberside). The survey asked business managers and owners about a range of key issues, including: perceived environmental dynamism, intellectual capital management practices, cooperative and coopetitive innovation activities, appropriability strategies and business performance.
The sample of on-site SMEs is drawn from the United Kingdom Science and Technology Parks Complete Database (UKSTPC); the UKSTPC database covers all businesses located in science and technology, Innovation Centres and Incubators in the United Kingdom. Primary data were collected between June and October 2015. The UKSTP Survey covered on-site SMEs (in three size classes of: 1–10 employees, 10–50 employees, and 50–250 employees) in sections C and G-U of the UK standard industrial classification of economic activities (SIC 2007); The UKSTP2015 Survey`s sectoral coverage was as follows:
Manufacturing(Section C), Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles(Section G), Transportation and storage(Section H), Accommodation and food service activities (Section I), Information and communication(Section J), Financial and insurance activities (Section K), Real estate activities(Section L), Professional, scientific and technical activities (Section M), Administrative and support service activities(Section N), Public administration and defence; compulsory social security (Section O), Education (Section P), Human health and social work activities (Section Q), Arts, entertainment and recreation (Section R), Other service activities (Section S), Activities of households as employers; undifferentiated goods- and services-producing activities of households for own use (Section T:), Activities of extraterritorial organizations and bodies(Section U); excluding sections A(agriculture, forestry and fishing), B(Mining and quarrying), D(electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply), E(Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities), F(Construction)). As an additional incentive, all respondents were promised a complimentary summary of the results.