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Self-employment and innovation. Exploring the determinants of innovative behavior in small businesses

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  • Romero, Isidoro
  • Martínez-Román, Juan A.

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This paper explores the determinants of innovation in small businesses from a survey of more than 700 self-employed workers in Andalusia (Spain). Self-employed people running businesses with and without employees were included in the study and two types of innovation – product and process innovation – were differentiated.

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Volume (Year): 41 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 178-189

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Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:41:y:2012:i:1:p:178-189

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Keywords: Small business; Innovation; Process innovation; Product innovation; Self-employment; Entrepreneur;

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  1. H. T. Tran & E. Santarelli, 2013. "Revisiting Italian Emigration Before the Great War: A Test of the Standard Economic Model," Working Papers wp909, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.

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