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Is innovation always beneficial? A meta-analysis of the relationship between innovation and performance in SMEs

Nina Rosenbusch, Jan Brinckmann and Andreas Bausch

Journal of Business Venturing, 2011, vol. 26, issue 4, 441-457

Abstract: The performance implications of innovation in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have attracted considerable interest among academics and practitioners. However, empirical research on the innovation-performance relationship in SMEs shows controversial results. This meta-analysis synthesizes empirical findings in order to obtain evidence whether and especially under which circumstances smaller, resource-scarce firms benefit from innovation. We find that innovation-performance relationship is context dependent. Factors such as the age of the firm, the type of innovation, and the cultural context affect the impact of innovation on firm performance to a large extent.

Keywords: Innovation; Firm; performance; SME; New; ventures; Meta-analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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