Factors affecting outcomes of EU-supported investments in innovation among SMEs in the Greater Poland (Wielkopolska) region, Poland

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Title: Factors affecting outcomes of EU-supported investments in innovation among SMEs in the Greater Poland (Wielkopolska) region, Poland
Authors: Mikolajczak, P
Pawlak, J
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Purpose The European Union offers support mechanisms to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to innovate and grow. Given the substantial contribution of SMEs to national economies, the present paper explores what factors tend to be associated with the success of EU-supported innovation by SMEs in Poland during its early post-accession period. Design/methodology/approach A conceptual model relating the type of innovation, investment purpose, funding type and financial readiness, location and collaboration possibilities, company size and sector of operation to changes in the capital base, employment, unit price and revenue is proposed. This model is operationalised and estimated as a structural equations model and estimated using a sample of 110 SMEs surveyed in 2008 in the Greater Poland (Wielkopolska) region in Poland. Findings Two approaches to the successful use of innovation support have been observed among the studied companies. The first approach implements market innovations to establish a presence in foreign markets and to move the product or service up the value chain. The second approach uses the funding to de-risk workforce expansion and increase production capacity. Originality/value The paper provides the first systematic disaggregate level analysis of an early post-accession context where impacts of EU support for SME innovation are decomposed into effects of specific investment conditions and innovation type on changes in capital base, employment, unit price and ultimately revenue. The insights provided here are valuable for managers developing business and innovation strategies on the one hand, but also for policymakers responsible for creating an entrepreneurship friendly environment in emerging economies.
Issue Date: 23-Oct-2017
Date of Acceptance: 23-Oct-2017
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/52091
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JRME-04-2017-0011
ISSN: 1471-5201
Publisher: Emerald
Start Page: 140
End Page: 160
Journal / Book Title: Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Volume: 19
Issue: 2
Copyright Statement: © Emerald Publishing Limited 2017. Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. Licensed re-use rights only
Sponsor/Funder: Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Funder's Grant Number: EP/F036930/1
Keywords: 1505 Marketing
1503 Business And Management
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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