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Performance effects of external search strategies in European small and medium-sized enterprises

Radicic, Dragana and PUGH, Geoff (2017) Performance effects of external search strategies in European small and medium-sized enterprises. Journal of Small Business Management. ISSN 0047-2778 (In Press)

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Empirical studies on open innovation lack evidence on the performance impact of open innovation (OI) practices in different categories of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Our study explores how two inbound OI practices, external search and protection of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, affect SME innovation performance. The findings indicate a heterogeneous performance impact of open innovation. The only search strategy that positively affects innovation performance in micro and medium firms is customer involvement, whereas small firms benefit from formal protection mechanisms of IPs. These findings suggest managerial and policy implications for promoting open innovation in European SMEs.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Business, Leadership and Economics > Accounting, Finance and Economics
Depositing User: Geoff PUGH
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 10:42
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2017 10:44
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2969

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