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Innovation Profile of the Hungarian Food SMEs


  • Jozsef Toth

    (Corvinus University of Budapest Hungary)

  • Aron Torok

    (Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary)


The innovation capacity (efforts, activities and results) of the individual small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) is very limited. Food production (including SMEs) has to fulfil food safety requirements in a rapidly increasing extent, which implies a continuous innovation and development process from all market players. In Hungary the agri-food sector had to face a suddenly increased competition especially after the EU enlargement. Based on survey data this paper examines the efforts, activities and results in knowledge acquisition, utilisation, coordination and transfer in the Central Hungarian food SMEs. We have identified principal factors which relate to the innovation capacity of the firms and explain the differences among them. Next, we have found (using ordered logistic regression) that the half of these components play significant role in market development. Third, we have pointed out that mean differences of innovation capacity components are more pronounced along the chain than according to size.

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  • Jozsef Toth & Aron Torok, 2011. "Innovation Profile of the Hungarian Food SMEs," MIC 2011: Managing Sustainability? Proceedings of the 12th International Conference, Portorož, 23–26 November 2011 [Selected Papers], University of Primorska, Faculty of Management Koper.
  • Handle: RePEc:mgt:micp11:761-771

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    1. Gellynck, Xavier & Kuhne, Bianka & Weaver, Robert D., 2011. "Relationship Quality and Innovation Capacity of Chains: The Case of the Traditional Food Sector in the EU," International Journal on Food System Dynamics, International Center for Management, Communication, and Research, vol. 2(1).
    2. Katalin Dobrai & Ferenc Farkas, 2009. "Knowledge-Intensive Business Services: A Brief Overview," Perspectives of Innovation in Economics and Business (PIEB), Prague Development Center, vol. 3(3), pages 15-17.
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