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The effect of business improvement methods on innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises in peripheral regions.

Harris, R. and McAdam, R. and Reid, R. (2015) 'The effect of business improvement methods on innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises in peripheral regions.', Regional studies., 50 (12). pp. 2040-2054.

Abstract

The effect of business improvement methods on innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises in peripheral regions, Regional Studies. This paper tests whether commonly used business improvement methods (BIM) foster or inhibit innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in peripheral regions. The findings show that adopting BIM diverts firms away from successful innovation (i.e., in terms of new products/services and new processes in the past three years), and instead is associated with undertaking innovation-related activities while remaining non-innovators. Indeed, reinforcing BIM (through greater ‘depth’ of use) may lead to further exclusion from successful innovation.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Innovation, Business improvement methods.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2015.1083971
Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Regional Studies on 06/10/2015, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00343404.2015.1083971.
Date accepted:21 July 2015
Date deposited:03 August 2015
Date of first online publication:06 October 2015
Date first made open access:06 April 2017

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