The Influence of Size, Age and Growth on Innovation Management in Small Firms

International Journal Technology Management, Vol. 52, Nos. 1/2, pp. 98-117, 2010

Posted: 14 Dec 2011

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Tim Mazzarol

University of Western Australia

Sophie Reboud

Université de Bourgogne - Burgundy School of Business

Thierry Volery

University of St. Gallen

Date Written: December 12, 2011

Abstract

This study examines the innovation management practices of small firms in Australia, France and Switzerland. The focus was on how firm size, age and growth influence the commercialisation process. A sample of 143 firms was surveyed across the three countries. Findings from the study suggest that the size of the firm, its age and pace of growth are important determinants in influencing how firms behave. Consistent with the findings from earlier studies the need for greater formalisation and external assistance as firms grow, and the need for customer research and independent testing when innovations are in their early stages were found

Keywords: innovation management, small firms, commercialisation

Suggested Citation

Mazzarol, Tim and Reboud, Sophie and Volery, Thierry, The Influence of Size, Age and Growth on Innovation Management in Small Firms (December 12, 2011). International Journal Technology Management, Vol. 52, Nos. 1/2, pp. 98-117, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1971525

Tim Mazzarol

University of Western Australia ( email )

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Sophie Reboud (Contact Author)

Université de Bourgogne - Burgundy School of Business ( email )

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Thierry Volery

University of St. Gallen ( email )

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Saint Gallen, St. Gallen CH-9000
Switzerland

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