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Synopsis

Small Firms as Innovators: From Innovation to Sustainable Growth provides a rich empirical analysis of innovation in the context of small business. The book first introduces the general innovation patterns present in small firms. It then progresses to demonstrate how these firms create and strengthen their innovation capacity, how they transform this capacity into real-world innovations and how these innovations are exploited for creating superior competitiveness that can be transforemed into sustainable growth. To conclude, this book offers both theoretical and empirical insights for measuring and managing innovation performance in small firms.

Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Innovation Patterns in Small Firms
  • The Capacity of Small Firms to Innovate
  • From Innovations to Growth
  • Towards Superior or Lost Competitiveness
  • Innovation Engine to Forster Learning in Small Firms
  • Conclusions for Moving Forward
  • Appendix: Details Behind the Figures

Readership: Graduate students and researchers who are interested in small-firm innovation and sustainable development.
Key Features:
  • A new approach that shifts the focus from an innovation to an innovator
  • A holistic understanding on the dynamics leading from innovation to growth and sustainable competitiveness
  • This book focuses on small firms (departing from the usual focus group — larger firms)

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