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Facilitating SME Innovation Capability Through Business Networking


Suvi Konsti‐Laakso


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Timo Pihkala


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Sascha Kraus


Liechtenstein University; Utrecht University

March 2012

Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 93-105, 2012

Abstract:     
Innovation processes can be regarded as complex, dynamic, and a result of cumulative dynamic interaction and learning processes involving many actors. In this setting, private small‐ and medium‐sized businesses (SMEs) can be considered a key factor – as generators of new ideas, as entrepreneurs carrying out new ventures, and as partners for other local actors. This study focuses on the SME networks and their ability to participate in innovative processes directed at new value creation. We present a case study of the development of a young innovation network. Our focus in the case study is on the SME's ability to carry out innovation and new value creation in a network. The key contribution of the study centers on the new understanding of the way SME innovation could be promoted through facilitated network development.

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Date posted: February 23, 2012  

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Konsti‐Laakso, Suvi and Pihkala, Timo and Kraus, Sascha, Facilitating SME Innovation Capability Through Business Networking (March 2012). Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 93-105, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2009709 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8691.2011.00623.x

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Suvi Konsti‐Laakso (Contact Author)
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Timo Pihkala
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Sascha Kraus
Liechtenstein University ( email )
Vaduz, FL-9490
Netherlands
Utrecht University
Vredenburg 138
Utrecht, 3511 BG
Netherlands
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