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Introduction: Small Business and Networked Innovation: Organizational and Managerial Challenges

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  • Massimo G. Colombo,

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    1. Department of Management, Economics, and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano
      Massimo Colombo, Department of Management, economics and industrial engineering, Politecnico di Milano, P.za Leonardo 32, 20133 Milan, Italy. E-mail: massimo.colombo@polimi.it.
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  • Keld Laursen,

    1. Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics, Copenhagen Business School
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  • Mats Magnusson,

    1. School of Industrial Engineering and Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
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  • Cristina Rossi-Lamastra

    1. Department of Management, Economics, and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano
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  • Massimo G. Colombo is professor of Economics of Technical Change at the Department of Management, Economics, and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano.

  • Keld Laursen is professor of Economics and Management of Innovation at the Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics, Copenhagen Business School.

  • Mats Magnusson is professor of Product Innovation Engineering at the School of Industrial Engineering and Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

  • Cristina Rossi-Lamastra is assistant professor at the Department of Management, Economics, and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano.

Massimo Colombo, Department of Management, economics and industrial engineering, Politecnico di Milano, P.za Leonardo 32, 20133 Milan, Italy. E-mail: massimo.colombo@polimi.it.

Abstract

The aim of this article is to provide an introduction to the special issue. We briefly consider the organizational and managerial challenges that small and medium-sized enterprises encounter in networked innovation, thereby building a background to the articles included in the special issue. We then present the main findings of these articles and highlight their novel contributions.

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