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Innovation management capabilities in rural and urban knowledge intensive business services: empirical evidence

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  • Cristina Fernandes

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  • João Ferreira

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  • Carla Marques

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The purpose of this research involves describing and modelling the innovation management capabilities in effect at knowledge intensive business services (KIBS) firms in addition to identifying the profile of entrepreneurs when classified by location (urban vs. rural) dimensions. Our results show that KIBS innovation capabilities differ according to their location. They also demonstrate that, from the set of dimensions studied, strategy, learning and network were the dimensions that best explained KIBS innovation capabilities by location. Hence, strategy associated factors are the most important with regard to innovation activities ongoing at rural KIBS while the corresponding activities at urban KIBS are driven by factors associated with learning and networking. The study also provides recommendations for entrepreneurs seeking to refine their innovation capabilities. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015

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  • Cristina Fernandes & João Ferreira & Carla Marques, 2015. "Innovation management capabilities in rural and urban knowledge intensive business services: empirical evidence," Service Business, Springer;Pan-Pacific Business Association, vol. 9(2), pages 233-256, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:svcbiz:v:9:y:2015:i:2:p:233-256
    DOI: 10.1007/s11628-013-0225-7
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