Innovation commercialisation and anticipated return: a typology of innovative SMEs

Do, Thuy Hang, Mazzarol, Tim, Volery, Thierry and Reboud, Sophie (2012) Innovation commercialisation and anticipated return: a typology of innovative SMEs. In: 57th International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference 2012: Leading from the Edge; 10-13 Jun 2012, Wellington, New Zealand. ISBN 9780981902845

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Abstract

This study presents a typology of innovative small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) based on their anticipated returns to an investment in the commercialisation of an innovation. A large multi-country sample was surveyed in relation to the process of commercialisation. A discriminant analysis identified four distinct groups based on their anticipated returns from the innovation, and how systematic they were in their process of commercialisation. The findings suggest that differences exist between firms in relation to age, size, R&D intensity, preference for project financing, treatment of intellectual property and the novelty of the innovation. Younger firms were more likely to have higher anticipated innovation returns, but a less systematic commercialisation processes. Adolescent firms were more systematic and more optimistic over returns. However, as firms matured and increased in size their commercialisation process became more systematic, but their anticipated returns more subdued. Older firms were both unsystematic and anticipating low returns.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: 57th International Council for Small Business (ICSB) World Conference 2012: Leading from the Edge
Organising Body: International Council for Small Business
Research Area: Business and management studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Business and Law
Faculty of Business and Law > Small Business Research Centre
Depositing User: Hang Do
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 11:52
Last Modified: 09 May 2014 11:52
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/28333

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