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Research on the determinants of technological innovation: a contingency approach

Souitaris, V. (1999). Research on the determinants of technological innovation: a contingency approach. International Journal of Innovation Management (ijim), 3(3), pp. 287-305. doi: 10.1142/S1363919699000153

Abstract

This paper examines different methodologies used in quantitative empirical studies attempting to identify the distinctive characteristics of innovative firms. Despite the research effort, the statistical analysis results are inconsistent. The reasons for this inconsistency were explored and can be attributed to (i) methodological differences in the studies, such as the varying definitions and measurements of innovation and (ii) different characteristics of firms targeted such as size, sector and geographical region. A portfolio model synthesising the various research results is developed, which is not meant to be universally applicable but instead can be used as a platform for country or industry specific studies. To illustrate the application of the proposed contingency approach, the author presents a comparative review of results from two recent studies using portfolio models in Iran and Greece.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Electronic version of an article published as Int. J. Innov. Mgt., 3, 3, 1999, 287-305. DOI: 10.1142/S1363919699000153 © World Scientific Publishing Company. http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscinet/ijim
Publisher Keywords: Determinants of innovation; Greece; Iran
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Departments: Cass Business School > Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/12288
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