A Multi-Country Strategic Alignment Study: Are SME Leaders' Decisions Aligned with their Country's Innovation Environment?

TitleA Multi-Country Strategic Alignment Study: Are SME Leaders' Decisions Aligned with their Country's Innovation Environment?
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
Tertiary AuthorsOlson, P, Mazzarol, T, Volery, T, Clark, D, Gough, SN
Conference Name56th Annual ICSB World Conference
PublisherInternational Council for Small Business
Conference Location15-18 June, Stockholm, Sweden
Keywordsalignment, Innovation, OECD, SMEs, strategy
Abstract

The innovation strategies of SMEs in four OECD countries are examined in order to compare the perceived climate for innovation in each country with reference to government support, regulations and access to markets, infrastructure, skilled labour, management and venture financing. The strategic decision making of the senior managers from these firms in relation to the commercialization of an innovation is also examined. A third purpose is to study the strategic alignment or pattern within each country with regard to: each country’s innovation climate and the decisions made by the firm’s leaders concerning innovation management. Country differences were observed among innovation climates, innovation management decisions made by leaders and alignments.

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http://www.icsb2011.org/programspeakers/papersessions/subthemes.4.62efe22412f41132d41800011130.html

Refereed DesignationRefereed