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Localised Assets and Small-Firms’ Technological Capabilities

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The main objective of the present work is to empirically show how a set of environmental variables affects the adoption of new technologies by small firms. We report the results of the application of a common questionnaire to a sample of 167 small and medium sized firms from clothes, textile and leather sectors (TCL) belonging to the following southern European areas: North (Portugal), Valencia (Spain), Macedonia (Greece) and South Italy (Italy). The following variables were considered as possible predictors: employees, type of ownership and management, supply/distribution/customers’ networks and institutional links. A binary logistic regression was computed allowing the characterisation of the process of adoption of new technologies such as: developed internally, supplier dominated and motivated by the international market.

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Paper provided by CIEO-Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, University of Algarve in its series Spatial and Organizational Dynamics Discussion Papers with number 2013-7.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 28 Nov 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ris:cieodp:2013_007

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Keywords: Technological Change; Localised Assets; Labour-intensive Sectors;

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  1. Blattner, Marcel & Zhang, Yi-Cheng & Maslov, Sergei, 2007. "Exploring an opinion network for taste prediction: An empirical study," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 373(C), pages 753-758.
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