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Organisational innovation in SMEs The importance of strategic orientation and competitive structure

Organisational innovation in SMEs The importance of strategic orientation and competitive structure This study considers determinants of organisational innovation in small to medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs), as expressed by the number of product innovation adoptions. Drawing upon data from 150 manufacturing firms in Greece, the study attempts to identify the importance of strategic orientation and competitive structure. First, strategy‐driven characteristics, such as market orientation and learning, are shown to increase SMEs' innovative performance. Second, competition‐related characteristics, and in particular industry concentration and barriers to entry, appear to have significant effects on SMEs' innovative activity. Overall, the empirical findings suggest that market‐ and learning‐oriented SMEs facing strong competition tend to be more innovative. These results are discussed in the context of Greek SMEs in food, beverages and textile sectors, taking into account the specific conditions prevailing. Apart from providing some new evidence in the important area of SMEs, this study has also important implications for managers and policy makers while revealing considerable scope for further research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Marketing Emerald Publishing

Organisational innovation in SMEs The importance of strategic orientation and competitive structure

European Journal of Marketing , Volume 38 (9/10): 22 – Sep 1, 2004

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0309-0566
DOI
10.1108/03090560410548889
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Abstract

This study considers determinants of organisational innovation in small to medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs), as expressed by the number of product innovation adoptions. Drawing upon data from 150 manufacturing firms in Greece, the study attempts to identify the importance of strategic orientation and competitive structure. First, strategy‐driven characteristics, such as market orientation and learning, are shown to increase SMEs' innovative performance. Second, competition‐related characteristics, and in particular industry concentration and barriers to entry, appear to have significant effects on SMEs' innovative activity. Overall, the empirical findings suggest that market‐ and learning‐oriented SMEs facing strong competition tend to be more innovative. These results are discussed in the context of Greek SMEs in food, beverages and textile sectors, taking into account the specific conditions prevailing. Apart from providing some new evidence in the important area of SMEs, this study has also important implications for managers and policy makers while revealing considerable scope for further research.

Journal

European Journal of MarketingEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 1, 2004

Keywords: Organizational innovation; Small to medium‐sized enterprises; Strategic alignment; Competitive strategy; Poisson distribution; Greece

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