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Innovation and Performance of Enterprises: The Case of SMEs in Vietnam

Vu Nam () and Hung Doan ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Innovation is widely recognized as a key determinant of enterprise performance. It is, however, not clear how innovation affects performance of small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) in transition economies. Based on data collected from surveys of SMEs in Vietnam from 2005 to 2011 this study shows that the human capital of owners/managers of SMEs, the quality of workers, and public physical infrastructure positively affect innovation and the performance of SMEs. More importantly, the study finds that innovation in products, production process, and marketing is a decisive factor for higher performance of SMEs in Vietnam.

Keywords: Innovation; SMEs; Vietnam (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D22 J54 L11 L25 O3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-01
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