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Economic research - Ekonomska istraživanja, Vol.25 No.2 June 2012. -

The paper aims to contribute to the

discussion on the catalytic role of SMEs

in generating innovation as a basis for a

competitive economy. It focuses on six

European countries, representing both established

and transitional settings United Kingdom, Cyprus,

Spain, Italy, Greece and Lithuania. The statistical

methods used included ANCOVA, multiple

regression analysis and chi-square tests. The factors

explaining the innovation levels were provided.

Innovation and corporate culture indices were

created and found to be correlated. Four variables

were shown to explain innovation management

in the six countries: corporate culture, formal

processes-innovation department, company size and

review of products. The respective SME perceptions,

key factors and levels of innovation management

were thus differentiated for the six countries.

This comprehensive differentiated approach is an

innovative contribution to the field.

European SMEs; Innovation management; Corporate culture; Innovation index; Multiple regression



Author: HANS RUEDIGER KAUFMANN - HARITINI TSANGAR - DEMETRIS VRONTIS -

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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