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The Effect of Business Improvement Methods on Innovation in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Peripheral Regions

Mcadam, Rodney, Mcadam, Rodney and Reid, Renee (2015) The Effect of Business Improvement Methods on Innovation in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Peripheral Regions. Regional Studies . pp. 1-15. [Journal article]

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2015.1083971

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Harris R., McAdam R. and Reid R. 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:Journal article
Keywords:SME; Business Improvement; peripheral regions
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Management and Leadership
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:35593
Deposited By: Professor Rodney McAdam
Deposited On:06 Sep 2016 09:44
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:25

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