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AGUILAR ZAMBRANO, Jaime A.  and  RUIZ ANZOLA, Eduardo. Multidisciplinary Collaboration University-Industry in a Coffee Growing Enterprise of Valle del Cauca, Colombia. cuad.adm. [online]. 2009, n.42, pp.127-141. ISSN 0120-4645.

This article shows a methodology and the results obtained from a multidisciplinary project between the University and Enterprise which encourages innovation. The University participated with its faculty members and students enrolled in the programs of industrial engineering and electronic engineering, and the Enterprise was a group of organic coffee farmers (called by its founders Asociación ACOC) located in the center of Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Two hypotheses were formulated for the project. The first, multidisciplinary work produces better results in solving problems of small businesses because it considers the problem in a systemic way. The second, independent work from each field of study, once the technical problem has been identified, provides satisfactory results for the whole problem. The first hypothesis was verified and the second one, partially verified. We conclude that University- Enterprise relationships, with a multidisciplinary technological contribution, significantly improve the work of small businesses; the company must be actively involved so that the results endure over time and the systemic view of the problems strengthens the work of small businesses.

Keywords : Technical innovation; organic coffee; multidisciplinary action; versity- government enterprise relationships.

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