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Barriers to innovation faced by manufacturing firms in Portugal: how to overcome it for fostering business excellence?


  • Maria Jose Silva
  • Joao Leitao
  • Mario Raposo


This paper aims to identify the barriers to innovation that influence the innovation capability of Portuguese manufacturing firms. The literature review about innovation makes use of two reference approaches: (1)the systemic and (2) the networks and interorganisational relationships. The database is obtained through the Community Innovation Survey II (CIS II) conducted by the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT). Furthermore, from the results, several public policies are proposed in order to overcome the restraining factors of the entrepreneurial innovative capability and to promote business excellence at the firm level, especially alternative financing sources, incentives for innovation activities and open innovation networks.

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  • Maria Jose Silva & Joao Leitao & Mario Raposo, 2008. "Barriers to innovation faced by manufacturing firms in Portugal: how to overcome it for fostering business excellence?," International Journal of Business Excellence, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 1(1/2), pages 92-105.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijbexc:v:1:y:2008:i:1/2:p:92-105

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    1. DeMaria, Federica & Zezza, Annalisa, 2020. "Drivers and barriers of process innovation in the EU manufacturing food processing industry: exploring the role of energy policies," Bio-based and Applied Economics Journal, Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AIEAA), vol. 9(1), April.
    2. Dulcineia Catarina Moura & Maria José Madeira & Filipe A. P. Duarte, 2019. "Cooperation In The Field Of Innovation, Absorptive Capacity, Public Financial Support And Determinants Of The Innovative Performance Of Enterprise," International Journal of Innovation Management (ijim), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 24(04), pages 1-28, July.
    3. Vicente Salas-Fumás & Javier Ortiz, 2019. "Innovations’ Success and Failure in the Business Cycle," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(15), pages 1-22, August.
    4. Arif Hartono & Ratih Kusumawardhani, 2019. "Innovation Barriers and Their Impact on Innovation: Evidence from Indonesian Manufacturing Firms," Global Business Review, International Management Institute, vol. 20(5), pages 1196-1213, October.


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