Strategic Innovation in Small Firms

Strategic Innovation in Small Firms : An International Analysis of Innovation and Strategic Decision Making in Small to Medium Sized Enterprises

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Strategic Innovation in Small Firms is an investigation of the commercialization practices of small firms across a wide range of industries in nine OECD countries. The authors examine the perspective of these firms' managers on their national innovation systems and on their firm's innovation management practices.

The research is focused on understanding the process of innovation management both from the perspective of the small firm and from a broader strategic perspective. Drawing on a database of 567 cases, the contributors examine the commercialization practices of small to medium sized firms across a wide range of industries. They suggest that there are more similarities than differences to be found between countries and industries with size, level of R&D intensity and type of innovation project being important points of difference. The need for increased formality in the commercialization of radical innovations is shown, although they find that most small firms are not characterized by such formality within their innovation management processes.

This multinational study in which a common methodology and case study survey protocol is employed, will strongly appeal to academic researchers and research students as well as policymakers engaged in the support for innovation commercialization in SMEs. Entrepreneurs and small business owners will also find plenty of invaluable information in this unique and important resource.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 464 pages
  • 162 x 234 x 30mm | 821g
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1845429052
  • 9781845429058
  • 2,015,421

Table of contents



1. Strategic Innovation in Small Firms: An Introduction
Tim Mazzarol and Sophie Reboud

2. National Innovation Systems
Tim Mazzarol, Sophie Reboud and Jean-Guillaume Ditter

3. An Overview of the Survey Findings
Tim Mazzarol and Geoffrey N. Soutar

4. The Flemish Creative Sector
Ysabel Nauwelaerts, Frederik Van Assche and Ilke Van Beveren

5. Innovation Processes in SMEs: The New Zealand Experience
Delwyn Clark

6. Designed in Italy: An Unrecognised Italian Innovation Model?
Jane Klobas and Paola Bielli

7. The Context and Logic of Innovation at Two Small Enterprises: A
Qualitative Analysis
Hermann Frank, Manfred Lueger and Christian Korunka

8. SME Innovations: USA Assessment and Climate Results
Newell (Sandy) Gough and Philip Olson

9. The Situation in Canada: Analysis of Canadian SME Innovation
Jacques Baronet and Johanne Queenton

10. The Situation in Switzerland
Thierry Volery

11. The Situation in Australian Manufacturing
Tim Mazzarol and Vijaya Thyil

12. High and Low R&D Intensity Firms in France
Sophie Reboud and Tim Mazzarol

13. The Business of Biotech in Australia
Tim Mazzarol

14. Conclusions and Lessons Learnt
Tim Mazzarol, Delwyn Clark and Sophie Reboud

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About Tim Mazzarol

Edited by Tim Mazzarol, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia and Groupe ESC Dijon Bourgogne, Dijon, France and Sophie Reboud, Groupe ESC Dijon Bourgogne, Dijon, France and University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
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