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Positive relationships among collaboration for innovation, past innovation abandonment and future product introduction in manufacturing SMEs

Sawang, Sukanlaya & Matthews, Judy H. (2010) Positive relationships among collaboration for innovation, past innovation abandonment and future product introduction in manufacturing SMEs. Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research In Business, 2(6), pp. 106-117.

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Abstract

The importance of collaboration for firm level innovation has been well established but much of the research focuses on large firms, with little research on small and medium enterprises. This paper investigates the links between product innovation and external collaboration and between future product innovation and past abandonment in small and medium sized firms, analysing data from 449 manufacturing firms, collected through the Australian Business Longitudinal Database. Our findings indicate firms that sought ideas or solutions from external network such as suppliers, or business partners reported higher level of new product introduction than firms that did not have any external collaboration. Further, firms with past abandonment experiences reported higher levels of new product introduction than firms that did not have such experience. Additionally, the findings indicated that firms with external collaboration were more likely to introduce new products even if they had previously experienced abandonment of a product innovation than firms without external collaboration. Implications, limitations and future research are outlined.

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ID Code: 38651
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Published version also freely available via Official URL.
Keywords: innovation , collaboration, small firm, abandonment, SMEs
ISSN: 2073-7122
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Institute of Interdisciplinary Business Research
Deposited On: 19 Nov 2010 11:04
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2011 00:01

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