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Improving Innovation Capabilities Of Small Enterprises: Cluster Strategy As A Tool

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  • HELENA FORSMAN

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    (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lahti School of Innovation, Saimaankatu 11, 15140 Lahti, Finland)

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This study focuses on innovation capabilities in small enterprises and how their development can be supported by regional strategies. The study utilizes multiple case studies. The empirical evidence is based on data from four regions in Finland. Each of them has adopted an industrial cluster approach as the basis of regional development. The study draws a common framework for assessing how regional development efforts meet the needs of innovation development in small enterprises. The findings demonstrate that most of the efforts for improving innovation capabilities of small enterprises are appropriate for innovation generation in the front-end phase. Instead, there were no significant efforts to support innovation adoption. Further, the highly conceptualised development services provided by a variety of public organizations meet the needs of large companies. However, these services match poorly with the nature of innovation development in small enterprises.

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Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal International Journal of Innovation Management.

Volume (Year): 13 (2009)
Issue (Month): 02 ()
Pages: 221-243

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Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijimxx:v:13:y:2009:i:02:p:221-243

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Keywords: Cluster strategy; innovation capabilities; small enterprises;

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  1. Forsman, Helena, 2011. "Innovation capacity and innovation development in small enterprises. A comparison between the manufacturing and service sectors," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 40(5), pages 739-750, June.

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