Innovation in the Australian Spatial Information Industry

Sawang, Sukanlaya, Zolin, Roxanne, Matthews, Judy, & Bezemer, Meriam (2014) Innovation in the Australian Spatial Information Industry. In Stettner, Uriel, Aharonson, Barak S., & Amburgey, Terry L. (Eds.) Exploration and Exploitation in Early Stage Ventures and SMEs. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bradford, United Kingdom, pp. 211-236.

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Business literature reveals the importance of generating innovative products and services, but much of the innovation research has been conducted in large firms and not replicated in small firms. These firms are likely to have different perspectives on innovation, which means that they will probably behave differently to large firms. Our study aims to unpack how firms in Spatial Information perceive and engage in innovation as a part of their business operation.

To investigate these questions we conduct 20 in depth interviews of top management team members in Spatial Information firms in Australia.

We find that small firms define innovation very broadly and measure innovation by its effect on productivity or market success. Innovation is seen as crucial to survival and success in a competitive environment. Most firms engage in product and/or service innovations, while some also mentioned marketing, process and organisational innovations. Most innovations were more exploitative rather than exploratory with only a few being radical innovations. Innovation barriers include time and money constraints, corporate culture and Government tendering practices. Our study sheds a light on our understanding of innovation in an under-researched sector; that is spatial information industry.

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ID Code: 74585
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Technology, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Competitive Strategy, Volume 14
Keywords: Innovation, Small Firms, Australia, Exploitative Innovation, Spatial Information
DOI: 10.1108/S1479-067X20140000014006
ISBN: 9781783506552
ISSN: 1479-067x
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 > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Deposited On: 30 Jul 2014 22:42
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 20:29

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