Innovation Interactions between Knowledge-Intensive Business Services and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: An Analysis in Terms of Evolution, Knowl by Emmanuel MullerInnovation Interactions between Knowledge-Intensive Business Services and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: An Analysis in Terms of Evolution, Knowl by Emmanuel Muller

Innovation Interactions between Knowledge-Intensive Business Services and Small and Medium-Sized…

byEmmanuel Muller

Paperback | January 26, 2001

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The current decade has stressed the reinforcement of three major trends affecting developed economies since at least half a century. The frrst trend concerns the im­ portance of innovations for fIrms, regions and nations. Even if innovation, however defmed, is not a recent phenomenon, the crucial role innovativeness plays in a world of increased competition reveals its importance as a major economic phe­ nomenon. A second prominent trend corresponds to the "tertiarisation of the econ­ omy", i. e. the considerable and continuous expansion of the share of services in contemporary economies. 1 The third trend consists in the substantial changes af­ fecting the economical meaning of "space". Signs of these substantial changes can be found in the increased unity of "space" (the globalisation phenomenon), in the appearance of new territories (as suggested by the emergence of a "virtual conti­ nent"2) as well as in the reconsideration of existing ones (for instance, induced by new flexible production systems). As such, these three trends express a triple break­ down: a breakdown in the time scale of the economy (due to the increasing velocity of economic activities), a breakdown in the nature of the economy (since "intangi­ ble production" is expanding) and a breakdown in the space(s) of the economy (be­ cause of shifting dimensions). Certain categories of activities or actors may high­ light and even symbolise this triple rupture in diverse ways.
Title:Innovation Interactions between Knowledge-Intensive Business Services and Small and Medium-Sized…Format:PaperbackDimensions:198 pages, 23.5 × 15.5 × 0.02 inPublished:January 26, 2001Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Innovation as the expression of firms' evolution capacity: Innovation as an evolutionary process; Innovation as a knowledge-based process; Nature and forms of innovation: towards a continuum approach.- Interactions between KIBS and SMEs and impact on innovation capacities: Interactions: between market and hierarchy?; The impact of interactions with KIBS on SMEs; KIBS innovation capacity and the influence of interactions with SMEs.- Territorial determinants and evolution capacities of SMEs and KIBS: Proximity and innovation; Territory and innovation; The impact of territorial determinants on SMEs and KIBS interactions and evolution.- Operationalisation of the analysis: From the hypotheses to the key variables; Structure of the data; The statistical exploitation procedure.- Statistical exploitation of the SME sample: Segmentation procedures; Multiple correspondence analysis; Path modelling.- Statistical exploitation of the KIBS sample: Segmentation procedures; Multiple correspondence analysis; Path modelling.- Main findings and policy implications: Interpretation of the key findings; Towards an integrated typology of innovation interactions; Implications for policies.- General conclusion.- Appendix: Basic frequencies of the selected variables.- Selected bivariate tests.- PROBIT analysis.