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Evaluating R&D networking to revitalize SMEs innovative performances: a management perspective

Abstract

This research provides new evidence on the relationship concerning R&D networking decisions and firms’ competi-tiveness  in  a  local  SMEs  entrepreneurial  system.  The  role  of  R&D  linkages  on  the  firm’s  productivity  drivers  and  innovation  processes is investigated and tested. Next, some empirical evidence, obtained by using detailed and specific survey-based data on 63 Italian SMEs, is presented. I find that R&D networking (R&D partnerships and agreements) has a moderate impact on the SMEs’ productivity and a strong impact on the innovation processes. Finally, in order to provide some practical implications based on this moderate finding, I present a R&D model to support the competitiveness of SMEs located in peripheral districts.

Keyword : R&D linkages, network, firms’performances, productivity, innovation processes

How to Cite
Basile, A. (2012). Evaluating R&D networking to revitalize SMEs innovative performances: a management perspective. Business: Theory and Practice, 13(3), 217-227. https://doi.org/10.3846/btp.2012.23
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Aug 31, 2012
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