Egbetokun, A and Adeniyi, A and Siyanbola, W and Olamade, O (2009): The types and intensity of innovation in developing-country SMEs: evidences from a Nigerian sub-sectoral study. Forthcoming in: Int. J. Learning and Intellectual Capital
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Understanding the types of innovations that SMEs currently undertake, and their commitment to innovation, is especially useful for policy making in developing countries. This paper, therefore, addressed two main questions: What types of innovation occur in SMEs? How intense is innovation in SMEs? We have used empirical information from a census carried out in the Nigerian Cable and Wire manufacturing industry. Questionnaire and interviews were the primary means of data collection and the data covered the 4-year period between 2003 and 2007. We found a high prevalence of organisational innovation and low prevalence of diffusion-based innovation. Innovation intensity was low at 0.114% per capita training investment. Interestingly, our findings revealed that process and marketing innovation accompanied each other. We conclude that SMEs in developing countries are not innovation-inactive and that they would do better if industries are well organised and firms make higher investments in learning and capability build-up.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||The types and intensity of innovation in developing-country SMEs: evidences from a Nigerian sub-sectoral study|
|Keywords:||types of innovation; innovation intensity; SMEs; Nigeria; manufacturing; Cable & Wire|
|Subjects:||L - Industrial Organization > L6 - Industry Studies: Manufacturing > L68 - Appliances; Other Consumer Durables
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights > O32 - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
|Depositing User:||Abiodun Egbetokun|
|Date Deposited:||27. Sep 2010 17:21|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 01:41|
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