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.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||International Journal of Entrepreneurship|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|