Innovation success of non-R&D-performers : substituting technology by management in SMEs


Rammer, Christian ; Czarnitzki, Dirk ; Spielkamp, Alfred


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URL: http://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/2165
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-21652
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2008
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: O47 O38 O32 O31 L25 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Deutschland , Klein- und Mittelbetrieb , Innovationsmanagement , Industrieforschung , Forschungskooperation , Erfolgsfaktor
Keywords (English): Innovation Success , R&D , Innovation Management , SMEs
Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of in-house R&D and innovation management practices on innovation success in small and medium-sized firms (SMEs). While there is little doubt about the significance of technology competence for generating successful innovations, inhouse R&D activities may be a particular challenge for SMEs due to high risk exposure, high fixed costs, high minimum investment and severe financial constraints. SMEs may thus opt for refraining from R&D and relying more on innovation management tools in order to achieve innovation success. We analyse whether such a strategy can pay off. Based on data from the German CIS we find that R&D activities are a main driver for innovation success if combined with external R&D, using external innovation sources or by entering into cooperation agreements. SMEs without in-house R&D can yield a similar innovation success if they effectively apply human resource management tools or team work to facilitate innovation processes.
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Rammer, Christian ; Czarnitzki, Dirk ; Spielkamp, Alfred (2008) Innovation success of non-R&D-performers : substituting technology by management in SMEs. Open Access [Working paper]
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