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.
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.
|Keywords:||Innovation, Business improvement methods.|
|Full text:||(AM) Accepted Manuscript|
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|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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