Innovative activity in SMEs and rural economic development: some evidence from England
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Recent writings on the factors influencing the competitiveness of regional and local economies have emphasized the importance of innovation in SMEs. This paper discusses the findings of a study of the innovation process in a sample of SMEs located in rural environments. Adopting a broad, evolutionary view of the innovation process, the study highlights important sectoral variations using a multidimensional index of innovation. The way in which innovation is achieved is found to be shaped by various aspects of the rural environment, but relatively few firms are constrained by their rural location. Nor does the lack of local networking opportunities appear to hold back innovation in the more active SMEs. In conclusion, the most innovative firms are shown to make an important contribution to rural economies in terms of external income generation and employment generation.
|Research Areas:||A. > Business School|
|Depositing User:||Mrs Susan Engelbert|
|Date Deposited:||05 Feb 2010 11:51|
|Last Modified:||13 Oct 2016 14:16|
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