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.

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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.

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ID Code: 45713
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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
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: 05 Sep 2011 22:59
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 18:49

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