Andrea Lasagni is lecturer of Microeconomics at University of Parma.
How Can External Relationships Enhance Innovation in SMEs? New Evidence for Europe*
Version of Record online: 16 MAR 2012
© 2012 International Council for Small Business
Journal of Small Business Management
Special Issue: Small Business and Networked Innovation: Organizational and Managerial Challenges
Volume 50, Issue 2, pages 310–339, April 2012
How to Cite
Lasagni, A. (2012), How Can External Relationships Enhance Innovation in SMEs? New Evidence for Europe. Journal of Small Business Management, 50: 310–339. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-627X.2012.00355.x
The author would like to thank JSBM Special Issue Guest Editors and three anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments on earlier drafts of this manuscript. The author is also grateful to I3SME project partners and to CNA Emilia Romagna and CNA Innovazione for providing the access to I3SME survey data. The usual disclaimers apply.
- Issue online: 16 MAR 2012
- Version of Record online: 16 MAR 2012
This paper investigates the role of external relationships as key drivers of small business innovation. An empirical analysis is based on data for approximately 500 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in six European countries. The results indicate that innovation performance is higher in SMEs that are proactive in strengthening their relationships with innovative suppliers, users, and customers. Furthermore, the findings of this paper support the view that SMEs will have better new product development results if they improve their relationships with laboratories and research institutes.