Competence barriers to innovation: A study on small enterprises

Innovation is, in most cases, a necessity for firms in today‚Äôs changingmarket place. It has the potential to offer firms numerous advantages,including increased profit and growth. However, innovationis no easy process and there are many barriers and impedimentsto innovation that needs to be overcome in order to efficiently innovate.A study conducted by Vinnova (2007) showed that 18% ofSMEs consider a shortage of qualified personnel as a high barrier to innovation. How are competence barriers to innovation experienced by smallenterprises in the selected sample? Do competence barriers to innovationvary depending on different firm characteristics and in thatcase how? Which consequences do small enterprises encounter as aresult of facing competence barriers to innovation? Are small enterprisesthat face high competence barriers to innovation more likelyto encounter consequences? The purpose of this research report is to investigate competencebarriers to innovation within small enterprises and the consequencesthese barriers might result in.Competence barriers to innovation are considered moderate …


1 Introduction
1.1 Background
1.1.1 Defining innovation
1.1.2 Innovation Management
1.1.3 Connecting SMEs to innovation and innovation barriers
1.2 Problem
1.3 Research questions
1.4 Purpose
1.5 Delimitations
2 Frame of Reference
2.1 Barriers to innovation in SMEs
2.2 Competence barriers to innovation in SMEs
2.3 HRM and training
2.4 The theoretical framework tested in this study
3 Method
3.1 Research approach
3.2 Research design
3.2.1 Research strategy
3.2.2 A cross-sectional study
3.3 Getting access and research ethics
3.4 Selecting sample
3.5 Method for data collection
3.5.1 Pre-studies
3.5.2 Designing the structured telephone interview
3.5.3 Complementary study
3.6 Statistical method
3.7 Credibility of the research
3.7.1 Non-Response
3.7.2 Reliability
3.7.3 Internal validity
3.7.4 External validity
4 Empirical Findings and Analysis
4.1 Research questions 1 & 2
4.1.1 Competence barriers to innovation Innovativeness Perceived level of competition 24 Industry affiliation Training Informal training Formal Training Proactive training
4.2 Research questions 3 & 4
4.2.1 Consequences
5 Conclusion
6 Discussion
6.1 Implications
6.2 Limitations
6.3 Future research

Author: Andersson, Arvid,Clausson, Carl-Filip,Johansson, Daniel

Source: Jonkoping University

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