Innovation and Small Enterprises in the Third World (New Horizons in the Economics of Innovation Series)
By: H. Sandee (editor), Meine Pieter van Dijk (editor)Hardback
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Innovation is crucial for small enterprises to become and remain competitive in the global economy. In this title, the authors have combined theoretical insights with comprehensive case studies on innovation among small-scale enterprises in developing countries, paying particular attention to technological change in clusters of small firms. The authors deliberately use a broad definition of innovation in order to emphasize the fact that technological change and innovation adoption takes place on a wider scale and in a greater number of forms than is frequently assumed. The case studies such as the Kenyan food processing sector, furniture making in Nicaragua and tile manufacturing in Indonesia, highlight the patterns of innovation adoption and diffusion, and serve as a backdrop to the study. The authors pay specific attention to innovation by small enterprises in times of economic crisis and go on to assess the mechanisms employed to promote innovation. They demonstrate that although radical innovation among small enterprises occurs on a limited scale, innovation through gradual incremental improvements in production processes and products is continuous.
Framework for understanding innovation diffusion: small enterprise development in developing countries - innovation and acquisition of technological capability?, Hennry Romijn; cluster trajectories and the likelihood of endogenous upgrading, Peter Knorringa. Cases of SMEs and innovation: trying to innovate far from international frontiers - case study from the small scale industry sector in India, Joy Clancy; competitive response, innovation and creating an innovative milieu, the case of the manufacturing industry in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Bert Helmsing; innovation and small enterprise development, examples from Burkina Faso and Ghana, Meine Pieter van Dijk. Innovation in times of economic crisis: innovation and competitiveness within the small furniture industry in Nicaragua, Davide Parrilli; why don't they innovate? Explaining diverse small enterprise adjustment stategies after external shocks, Regine Qualman; small firm innovation in the Jepara furniture industry during Indonesia's crisis, Henry Sandee. Mechanisms for innovation diffusion: a service centre approach to local innovative small enterprises - the case of the Spanish "Toy Valley" cluster, Manuel Albaladejo; linkages between small and large firms in the Kenyan food processing sector, Dorothy McCormick and Rosemary Atieno; the role of a research and development institute in the development and diffusion of technology, Bert Bongenaar and Eddy Szirmai; social capital and technological innovation processes in the South, Arni Sverrisson. Conclusions and recommendations: enterprise co-operation, technology partnerships and S&T policies for the promotion of innovation for SMEs, Meine Pieter van Dijk; innovations and small enterprise development in developing countries, some conclusions, Miene Pieter van Dijk and Henry Sandee.
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