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Innovation in Nigerian SMEs: types and impact

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  • Egbetokun, A
  • Siyanbola, W
  • Olamade, O
  • Adeniyi, A
  • Irefin, I

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This paper seeks to explore the types of innovation that are predominant in SMEs in developing countries and to investigate the impact of these innovations on different dimensions of firm performance based on an industry-wide innovation survey carried out in Nigeria in 2007. Although innovation is important for superior firm performance, our result found that the type of innovation that SMEs pursue is not a critical consideration in their performance. While there was no difference found in the focus of SMEs on either of product or process innovations, evidence showed that SMEs would focus more on incremental product and process innovations. Incremental innovation was found to be very important for Nigerian SMEs and a significant predictor of product quality and not of revenue. The authors conclude that SMEs chooses to pursue such innovations that most fit their strategies and available resources. Such level of innovation affords Nigerian SMEs to more extensively exploit the domestic market but cannot support extensive new product development required to enter export markets.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 25338.

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Date of creation: 2008
Date of revision: 2008
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:25338

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Keywords: innovation; small and medium enterprises; Nigeria; impact;

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  2. Goedhuys, Micheline, 2007. "The impact of innovation activities on productivity and firm growth: evidence from Brazil," MERIT Working Papers 002, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
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