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Localised Assets and Small-Firms’ Technological Capabilities

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The main objective of the present work is to empirically show how a set of environmental variables affects the adoption of new technologies by small firms. We report the results of the application of a common questionnaire to a sample of 167 small and medium sized firms from clothes, textile and leather sectors (TCL) belonging to the following southern European areas: North (Portugal), Valencia (Spain), Macedonia (Greece) and South Italy (Italy). The following variables were considered as possible predictors: employees, type of ownership and management, supply/distribution/customers’ networks and institutional links. A binary logistic regression was computed allowing the characterisation of the process of adoption of new technologies such as: developed internally, supplier dominated and motivated by the international market.

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  • Cesário, Marisa & Noronha Vaz, Maria Teresa, 2013. "Localised Assets and Small-Firms’ Technological Capabilities," Spatial and Organizational Dynamics Discussion Papers 2013-7, CIEO-Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, University of Algarve.
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    Keywords

    Technological Change; Localised Assets; Labour-intensive Sectors;
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    JEL classification:

    • L67 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - Other Consumer Nondurables: Clothing, Textiles, Shoes, and Leather Goods; Household Goods; Sports Equipment
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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