Title: Innovation and performance in Spanish manufacturing SMEs

Authors: Howard Van Auken, Antonia Madrid-Guijarro, Domingo Garcia-Perez-de-Lema

Addresses: Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA. ' Politechnical University of Cartagena, Spain. ' Politechnical University of Cartagena, Spain

Abstract: Innovation facilitates how SMEs respond to market changes and maintain their competitive advantage. This paper analyses the relationship between the degree of innovation (measured as innovation in products, processes and administration systems) and performance among 1,091 Spanish manufacturing SMEs. The results show that innovation positively impacts SMEs performance in low and high technology industries. Innovation was more important to achieving a competitive advantage to high technology firms than low technology firms. These results support innovation as being important to a firm|s sustainable competitive advantage.

Keywords: innovation; performance measurement; Spain; manufacturing SMEs; high technology; high tech SMEs; low technology; small and medium-sized enterprises; entrepreneurship; sustainable competitive advantage.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2008.018611

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2008 Vol.8 No.1, pp.36 - 56

Published online: 01 Jun 2008 *

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