QUT ePrints

Why adopt now? Multiple case studies and survey studies comparing small, medium and large firms

Sawang, Sukanlaya & Unsworth, Kerrie L. (2011) Why adopt now? Multiple case studies and survey studies comparing small, medium and large firms. Technovation, 31(10-11), pp. 554-559.

View at publisher

Abstract

While a number of factors have been highlighted in the innovation adoption literature, little is known about whether different factors are related to innovation adoption in differently-sized firms. We used preliminary case studies of small, medium and large firms to ground our hypotheses, which were then tested using a survey of 94 firms. We found that external stakeholder pressure and non-financial readiness were related to innovation adoption in SMEs; but that for large firms, adoption was related to the opportunity to innovate. It may be that the difficulties of adopting innovations, including both the financial cost and the effort involved, are too great for SMEs to overcome unless there is either a compelling need (external pressure) or enough in-house capability (non-financial readiness). This suggests that SMEs are more likely to have innovation “pushed” onto them while large firms are more likely to “pull” innovations when they have the opportunity.

Impact and interest:

5 citations in Scopus
Search Google Scholar™
5 citations in Web of Science®

Citation countsare sourced monthly from Scopus and Web of Science® citation databases.

These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.

Citations counts from the Google Scholar™ indexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.

Full-text downloads:

228 since deposited on 05 Sep 2011
65 in the past twelve months

Full-text downloadsdisplays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.

ID Code: 45713
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Innovation, Adoption, SMEs, Readiness, Organizational attitude
DOI: 10.1016/j.technovation.2011.06.002
ISSN: 0166-4972
Subjects: 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 Curriculum
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Technovation. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Technovation, [VOL 31, ISSUE 10-11, (2011)] DOI: 10.1016/j.technovation.2011.06.002
Deposited On: 06 Sep 2011 08:59
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2013 00:13

Export: EndNote | Dublin Core | BibTeX

Repository Staff Only: item control page