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Promoting cooperation in innovation ecosystems: evidence from European traditional manufacturing SMEs

RADICIC, Dragana, Pugh, Geoffrey and DOUGLAS, David (2018) Promoting cooperation in innovation ecosystems: evidence from European traditional manufacturing SMEs. Small Business Economics. pp. 1-27. ISSN 0921-898X

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We investigate whether public support for innovation increases the propensity of SMEs in traditional manufacturing industries to cooperate for innovation—in particular, for incremental innovation—with other firms and external knowledge providers. Using data from seven EU regions, we find that support programmes do not promote cooperation with competitors, marginally promote cooperation with customers and suppliers and strongly promote cooperation with knowledge providers. These findings suggest that, in this case, the role of public policy is systems conforming rather than systems creating. Innovation support programmes can assist SMEs in traditional manufacturing industry to consolidate and/or extend their innovation ecosystems beyond familiar business partners by promoting cooperation with both private and public sector knowledge providers. Finally, our findings suggest that evaluation studies of innovation support programmes should be designed to capture not only input and/or output additionality but also behavioural and systemic effects.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Business, Leadership and Economics > Business, Management and Marketing
Depositing User: Geoff PUGH
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2018 11:06
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2018 11:06
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4733

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