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The impact of innovation support programs on small and medium enterprises innovation in traditional manufacturing industries: An evaluation for seven European Union regions

Radicic, D. and Pugh, G. and Hollanders, H. and Wintjes, R. and FAIRBURN, Jonathan (2015) The impact of innovation support programs on small and medium enterprises innovation in traditional manufacturing industries: An evaluation for seven European Union regions. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy. pp. 1-28. ISSN 0263-774X (In Press)

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We evaluate the effect of innovation support programmes on output innovation by SMEs in traditional manufacturing industry. This focus is motivated by a definition of traditional manufacturing industry that includes capacity for innovation, and by evidence of its continued importance in EU employment. We conducted a survey in seven EU regions to generate the data needed to estimate pre-published switching models by means of the copula approach, from which we derived treatment effects on a wide range of innovation outputs. We find that for participants the estimated effects of innovation support programmes are positive, typically increasing the probability of innovation and of its commercial success by around 15 per cent. Yet we also find that a greater return on public investment could have been secured by supporting firms chosen at random from the population of innovating traditional sector SMEs. These findings indicate the effectiveness of innovation support programmes while suggesting reform of their selection procedures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Traditional manufacturing; SMEs; Innovation outputs; Innovation support; Evaluation
Subjects: L100 Economics
N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Business, Education and Law > Business
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Depositing User: Geoff PUGH
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2016 09:13
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2016 13:31
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2266

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