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Inter-Organizational Innovation Promoters In Small, Knowledge-Intensive Firms

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    (University of Agder and Agder Research, Servicebox 422, 4604 Kristiansand, Norway)



    (Department of Economics and Resource Management, University of Life, Sciences and Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Norway)

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    This paper examines the relationship between external relations and innovation in small, knowledge-intensive Norwegian firms. Our findings indicate that external relations are beneficial for innovation. The analysis shows that it is necessary to treat innovation as more than a concept. Our independent variables related differently to product innovation, process innovation, and market innovation.We found that market participation in product development has a positive impact on product, process and market innovation. We also found that top management interaction with other firms had a positive effect on market innovation and that top management interaction with external R&D had a positive effect on product innovation. This finding probably indicates that access to R&D resources is vital for product development in the context of knowledge-intensive products. The results also show that participation in conferences and courses positively influences process and market innovation and that systematic environmental scanning positively influences product innovation.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal International Journal of Innovation Management.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 03 ()
    Pages: 441-466

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:ijimxx:v:13:y:2009:i:03:p:441-466
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