Innovation and Entrepreneurship: New innovations as source for competitiveness in Finnish SMEs

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    Abstract

    This paper analyses the role of innovation in small Finnish entrepreneurial firms. The study is based on a questionnaire survey and semi-structured interviews carried out recently. In light of company cases innovation has been crucial factor for existence of business at the first instance. According to the survey results, identification of market niche and customer needs turns out to be the most important source for innovation among companies. Increase in profitability and competitiveness emerge as the most beneficial impacts of innovation in all companies but also new contacts and co-operation that arise in the process of innovative activity are highly valued, especially in micro firms. Despite of the importance of innovation, small entrepreneurial firms also face number of challenges hampering commercialisation of a novel idea. These range from obstacles pioneer company encounters in gaining market credibility and acceptance to lack of business experience in general. The results are expected to give new information about the role innovations play in building competitiveness in small entrepreneurial firms in Finland.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)35-48
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship
    Volume3
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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