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Learning to Innovate in Nigeria's cable and wire manufacturing sub-sector: inferences from a firm-level case study

  • Egbetokun, A
  • Siyanbola, W
  • Adeniyi, A

Firm performance is known to be connected to firm-level innovation capability. Innovation capability, in turn, is an output of technological learning. This paper evaluates technological learning among firms in the Cable and Wire manufacturing sub-sector in Nigeria, using a purposively selected case firm. We developed a model of the relationship between the innovative activities of the firm - as evidence of its capability – and its knowledge acquisition methodology. These are discussed within the context of the firm’s stock of human capital. We found low technological innovation capability and high capability for organisational and marketing innovation. Preparedness for technological learning is relatively poor with staff training intensity of 5% and innovation intensity of 0.0075%. We therefore propose stronger interconnectedness of the National Innovation System and creation of industry specific structures that could enhance learning.

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Date of creation: 2008
Date of revision: 2009
Publication status: Published in Int. J. Learning and Intellectual Capital 1.7(2010): pp. 55-74
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:25339
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