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Small business innovation: firm level evidence from Sweden
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, CESIS.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Economics (Closed (20130101). KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, CESIS.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5871-8571
2012 (English)In: Journal of Technology Transfer, ISSN 0892-9912, E-ISSN 1573-7047, Vol. 37, no 5, 732-754 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper examines innovation among very small firms and provides new insights into both internal and external determinants of patenting. Applying a non-linear panel data approach to about 160,000 observations on manufacturing firms in Sweden for the period 2000-2006, the following facts emerge: (i) in contrast to larger firms, innovation in micro firms with 1-10 employees is not sensitive to variation in internal financial resources, (ii) skilled labour is even more important for innovation among micro firms compared to other firms, (iii) affiliation to a domestically owned multinational enterprise group increases the innovation capacity of small businesses, (iv) small firms' innovation is closely linked to participation in international trade and exports to the G7-countries, and (v) there is no statistically significant evidence that proximity to metropolitan areas, or presence in a specialized cluster, increases the innovativeness of the smallest firm.

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2012. Vol. 37, no 5, 732-754 p.
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Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Innovative firms, Intellectual property rights, Location, Small firms, Technology transfer
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Economics and Business
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-103796DOI: 10.1007/s10961-011-9216-9ISI: 000308644100009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84866265574OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-103796DiVA: diva2:561671
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Available from: 2012-10-19 Created: 2012-10-19 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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