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Factors of the firm and the entrepreneur associated with technological capabilities of some metalworking SMEs in Mexico

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  • Elvira del Rosario Velarde López

    () (Facultad de Contaduría y Administración, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Carretera 57 Km. 4.5, Monclova, Coahuila, México.)

  • Ma. Zóchitl Araiza Garza

    () (Facultad de Contaduría y Administración, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Carretera 57 Km. 4.5, Monclova, Coahuila, México.)

  • Eunice Saraí Coronado Rojas

    () (Facultad de Contaduría y Administración, de la Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila, Carretera 57 Km. 4.5, Monclova, Coahuila, México.)

Abstract

This paper focuses on the resource and capacity theory, which assumes that a firm´s characteristics and the entrepreneur are important determinants for technological innovation in small size firms. The article is based upon the typology of the industry technological capabilities developed by Bell and Pavitt (1995) and analyzes the relationship between factors of the firms and the entrepreneur and technological capabilities in small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) in the metalworking industry in the central region of Coahuila. Fifty SMEs were interviewed and results indicate the existence of a relationship between technological capabilities and majority control and legal status of the company, the level of education, age of the entrepreneur and his or her relationship with the company (partner, main partner, owner or employee).

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  • Elvira del Rosario Velarde López & Ma. Zóchitl Araiza Garza & Eunice Saraí Coronado Rojas, 2012. "Factors of the firm and the entrepreneur associated with technological capabilities of some metalworking SMEs in Mexico," Economía, Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales (IIES). Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Sociales. Universidad de Los Andes. Mérida, Venezuela, vol. 37(33), pages 85-106, January-j.
  • Handle: RePEc:ula:econom:v:37:y:2012:i:33:p:85-106
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    Keywords

    technological capabilities; factors of the firm; factors of the entrepreneur; SMEs.;

    JEL classification:

    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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