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Identifying the configurational paths to innovation in SMEs: A fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis

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  • Poorkavoos, Meysam
  • Duan, Yanqing
  • Edwards, John S.
  • Ramanathan, Ramakrishnan

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Using fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA), this study investigates the conditions leading to a higher level of innovation. More specifically, the study explores the impact of inter-organisational knowledge transfer networks and organisations' internal capabilities on different types of innovation in Small to Medium size Enterprises (SMEs) in the high-tech sector. A survey instrument was used to collect data from a sample of UK SMEs. The findings show that although individual factors are important, there is no need for a company to perform well in all the areas. The fsQCA, which enables the examination of the impacts of different combinations of factors, reveals that there are a number of paths to achieve better incremental and radical innovation performance. Companies need to choose the one that is closest to their abilities and fits best with their resources.

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  • Poorkavoos, Meysam & Duan, Yanqing & Edwards, John S. & Ramanathan, Ramakrishnan, 2016. "Identifying the configurational paths to innovation in SMEs: A fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 69(12), pages 5843-5854.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:69:y:2016:i:12:p:5843-5854
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2016.04.067
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