Promoting cooperation in innovation ecosystems: evidence from European traditional manufacturing SMEs

Radicic, Dragana and Pugh, Geoff and Douglas, David (2018) Promoting cooperation in innovation ecosystems: evidence from European traditional manufacturing SMEs. Small Business Economics . ISSN 0921-898X

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-018-0088-3

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Abstract

We investigate whether public support for innovation increases the propensity of SMEs in traditional manufacturing industries to cooperate for innovation – in particular, for incremental innovation – with other firms and external knowledge providers. Using data from seven EU regions, we find that support programmes do not promote cooperation with competitors, marginally promote cooperation with customers and suppliers, and strongly promote cooperation with knowledge providers. These findings suggest that, in this case, the role of public policy is systems conforming rather than systems creating. Innovation support programmes can assist SMEs in traditional manufacturing industry to consolidate and/or extend their innovation ecosystems beyond familiar business partners by promoting cooperation with both private and public sector knowledge providers. Finally, our findings suggest that evaluation studies of innovation support programmes should be designed to capture not only input and/or output additionality but also behavioural and systemic effects.

Keywords:SMEs, Traditional manufacturing industry, Innovation ecosystems, Innovation policy, Cooperation for innovation, Behavioural additionality
Subjects:L Social studies > L120 Microeconomics
L Social studies > L110 Applied Economics
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:32851
Deposited On:07 Aug 2018 10:58

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