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What specific modes of internationalization influence SME innovation in Sub-Saharan least developed countries (LDCs)?

Yazid Abdullahi Abubakar, Chris Hand (), David Smallbone and George Saridakis ()

Technovation, 2019, vol. 79, issue C, 56-70

Abstract: Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) located in the least developed countries (LDCs), operate in distinctively hostile institutional environments compared to those in developed economies. Better understanding of the determinants of SME innovation in such environments is important for the development of private sector in LDCs, because innovative SMEs are crucial for sustainable economic growth. Yet, determinants of SME innovation in LDCs have hardly been studied. Considering the potential relevance of internationalization for SME innovation in LDCs, as means of overcoming domestic environmental constraints, this paper investigates the influence of foreign technology licensing, exports and imports on SME innovation in LDCs.

Keywords: Innovation; SMEs; Internationalization; Least developed countries (LDCs) and Sub-Saharan Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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