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What Drives Innovation?: Inferences from an Industry-Wide Survey in Nigeria

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  • Egbetokun, A
  • Siyanbola, W
  • Sanni, M
  • Olamade, O
  • Adeniyi, A
  • Irefin, I

Abstract

This chapter seeks to make some contributions to the literature on firm-level innovation in Africa by attempting to identify the significant factors that explain the capability of firms in Nigeria to innovate using the results of an industry-wide study. We focused on the product and process innovation activities of firms between 2003 and 2006 and found differences in the factors that drive them at the firm level. Our results further show that interactions matter more than most innovation-related variables and that the most important actors that influence a firm’s innovation efforts are its customers and suppliers. We conclude that product and process innovations are not mutually exclusive and that a major key to successful innovation is how and with whom a firm collaborates. The implication of this for firms and policy makers is that an effectively wired innovation system where all stakeholders are active is critical for firm-level innovation capability.

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  • Egbetokun, A & Siyanbola, W & Sanni, M & Olamade, O & Adeniyi, A & Irefin, I, 2008. "What Drives Innovation?: Inferences from an Industry-Wide Survey in Nigeria," MPRA Paper 25343, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2008.
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    1. A.A. Egbetokun & A.A. Adeniyi & W.O. Siyanbola, 2012. "On the capability of SMEs to innovate: the cable and wire manufacturing subsector in Nigeria," International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 9(1/2), pages 64-85.
    2. Egbetokun A. & Oluwatope O. & Adeyeye D. & Sanni M., 2014. "The role of industry and economic context in open innovation: Evidence from Nigeria," MERIT Working Papers 073, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).
    3. Oluseye Oladayo Jegede & Matthew O. Ilori & Martins Olusola Olorunfemi & Billy A. Oluwale, 2016. "On the link between human capital, innovation and performance: evidence from a resource-based economy," International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 13(1), pages 27-49.
    4. A.A. Egbetokun & A.A. Adeniyi & W.O. Siyanbola & O.O. Olamade, 2012. "The types and intensity of innovation in developing country SMEs: evidences from a Nigerian subsectoral study," International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 9(1/2), pages 98-112.

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    Keywords

    innovation; drivers; manufacturing industry; Nigeria; determinants;

    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
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General
    • L00 - Industrial Organization - - General - - - General

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