Explaining the levels of innovation and R&D in New Zealand's small and medium-sized enterprises : too many small firms?

Battisti, Martina, Deakins, David and Roxas, Hernan 2009, Explaining the levels of innovation and R&D in New Zealand's small and medium-sized enterprises : too many small firms?, Small enterprise research, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 177-192.

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Title Explaining the levels of innovation and R&D in New Zealand's small and medium-sized enterprises : too many small firms?
Author(s) Battisti, Martina
Deakins, David
Roxas, Hernan
Journal name Small enterprise research
Volume number 17
Issue number 2
Start page 177
End page 192
Total pages 16
Publisher eContent Management
Place of publication Waikato, New Zealand
Publication date 2009-12
ISSN 1321-5906
1175-0979
Keyword(s) innovation
research and development (R&D)
small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
Summary This paper is concerned with explaining the levels of innovative activity in New Zealand's SMEs. It is arguable that New Zealand provides a special case where innovation and R&D levels are comparatively low in SMEs, yet, paradoxically, it is also a nation of high rates of entrepreneurial activity. This paper seeks to examine the factors that affect innovation levels in New Zealand SMEs from an analysis of panel data set of 1500 SMEs. We test research propositions based on existing theory and literature on innovation levels in SMEs and discuss our findings. Firm size is found to be significant; we argue that New Zealand has too few growth firms rather than too many small firms and we suggest that barriers to innovation, such as access to finance, remain an issue which should be a focus for government support.
Language eng
Field of Research 150503 Marketing Management (incl Strategy and Customer Relations)
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, eContent Management Pty Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042417

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Management and Marketing
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