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The influence of size, age and growth on innovation management in small firms

Thierry Volery, Tim Mazzarol & Sopie Reboud

abstract This study examines the innovation management practices of small firms in Australia, France and Switzerland. The focus was on how firm size, age and growth influence the commercialisation process. A sample of 143 firms was surveyed across the three countries. Findings from the study suggest that the size of the firm, its age and pace of growth are important determinants in influencing how firms behave. Consistent with the findings from earlier studies the need for greater formalisation and external assistance as firms grow, and the need for customer research and independent testing when innovations are in
their early stages were found.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords innovation management; small firms; commercialisation.
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 19-10-2010
journal International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM)
publisher Inderscience Enterprises (Olney UK)
ISSN 0267-5730
ISSN (online) 1741-5276
volume of journal 52
number of issue 1/2
page(s) 98-117
review double-blind review
   
citation Volery, T., Mazzarol, T., & Reboud, S. (2010). The influence of size, age and growth on innovation management in small firms. International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM), 52(1/2), 98-117.