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KIBS Innovation Management Capability in Rural Portuguese Regions: Empirical Evidence

Fernandes, Cristina and Ferreira, João and Marques, Carla (2011): KIBS Innovation Management Capability in Rural Portuguese Regions: Empirical Evidence. Forthcoming in: Service Business

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Abstract

This article aims to evaluate the innovation management capacities of knowledge intensive business services (KIBS) and verify to what extent these companies return different profiles when classified by urban versus rural. Taking a sample of 500 KIBS, we applied a questionnaire with results revealing different explanatory variables for KIBS innovation capacities. From the set of five dimensions studied, factors relating strategy, learning, and network best explained rural versus urban KIBS innovation capacities.

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