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On the capability of SMEs to innovate: the cable and wire manufacturing subsector in Nigeria

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  • A.A. Egbetokun
  • A.A. Adeniyi
  • W.O. Siyanbola

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This study explored the factors that explain innovation capability in SMEs in developing countries. This is important given the increasing global pressures that these SMEs have to face. The data employed came from a survey of cable and wire manufacturing firms in Nigeria. The important factors that accounted for innovation performance were firm-level leadership and use of new technologies – particularly ICTs. Important external factors included interactions with customers and suppliers of equipment/raw materials. Particularly, the industry association was about the most significant driver of innovativeness. We therefore conclude that it is beneficial for industries in developing countries to be well-organised as a means to achieving improved innovation capability.

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  • A.A. Egbetokun & A.A. Adeniyi & W.O. Siyanbola, 2012. "On the capability of SMEs to innovate: the cable and wire manufacturing subsector in Nigeria," International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 9(1/2), pages 64-85.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijlica:v:9:y:2012:i:1/2:p:64-85
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    1. Egbetokun A. & Oluwatope O. & Adeyeye D. & Sanni M., 2014. "The role of industry and economic context in open innovation: Evidence from Nigeria," MERIT Working Papers 073, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).

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    Keywords

    innovation capability; innovation patterns; industry associations; small and medium-sized enterprises; SMEs; internal factors; external factors; Nigeria; cable manufacturers; wire manufacturers; manufacturing subsectors; developing countries; global pressures; innovation performance; firm-level leadership; new technologies; ICT; information technology; communications technology; supplier interactions; customer interactions; equipment suppliers; raw materials; significant drivers; innovativeness; learning; intellectual capital.;

    JEL classification:

    • L68 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Appliances; Furniture; Other Consumer Durables
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D

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