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Small business innovation: firm level evidence from Sweden
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Management.
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2012 (English)In: Journal of Technology Transfer, ISSN 0892-9912, E-ISSN 1573-7047, Vol. 37, no 5, 732-754 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines innovation among very small firms and provides new insights into both internal and external determinants of patenting. Applying a non-linear panel data approach to about 160,000 observations on manufacturing firms in Sweden for the period 2000-2006, the following facts emerge: (i) in contrast to larger firms, innovation in micro firms with 1-10 employees is not sensitive to variation in internal financial resources, (ii) skilled labour is even more important for innovation among micro firms compared to other firms, (iii) affiliation to a domestically owned multinational enterprise group increases the innovation capacity of small businesses, (iv) small firms' innovation is closely linked to participation in international trade and exports to the G7-countries, and (v) there is no statistically significant evidence that proximity to metropolitan areas, or presence in a specialized cluster, increases the innovativeness of the smallest firm

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Springer , 2012. Vol. 37, no 5, 732-754 p.
Keyword [en]
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Innovative firms, Intellectual property rights, Location, Small firms, Technology transfer
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Business Administration
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-7175DOI: 10.1007/s10961-011-9216-9ISI: 000308644100009Local ID: diva2:834757
Available from: 2012-11-27 Created: 2011-06-29 Last updated: 2016-09-06Bibliographically approved

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