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European SMEs, external relationships and innovation: some empirical evidence

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  • A. Lasagni

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This paper investigates the role of external relationships as key drivers of small business innovation. An empirical analysis is based on data for approximately 500 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in six European countries. The results indicate that innovation performance is higher in SMEs that are proactive in strengthening their relationships with innovative suppliers, users and customers. Furthermore, the findings of this paper support the view that SMEs will have better new product development results if they improve their relationships with laboratories and research institutes.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Parma University (Italy) in its series Economics Department Working Papers with number 2011-EP04.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:par:dipeco:2011-ep04

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Keywords: : SMEs; open innovation; networks; external relationships;

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