Title: Product Development in SMEs: a literature review

Authors: Sven Ake Horte, Henrik Barth, Aron Chibba, Henrik Floren, Johan Frishammar, Fawzi Halila, Jonas Rundquist, Joakim Tell

Addresses: Centre for Technology, Innovation and Marketing Management (CTIM2), School of Business and Engineering, Halmstad University, Box 823, S-301 18 Halmstad, Sweden. ' Centre for Technology, Innovation and Marketing Management (CTIM2), School of Business and Engineering, Halmstad University, Box 823, S-301 18 Halmstad, Sweden. ' Centre for Technology, Innovation and Marketing Management (CTIM2), School of Business and Engineering, Halmstad University, Box 823, S-301 18 Halmstad, Sweden. ' Centre for Technology, Innovation and Marketing Management (CTIM2), School of Business and Engineering, Halmstad University, Box 823, S-301 18 Halmstad, Sweden. ' Department of Business Administration and Management, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden. ' Centre for Technology, Innovation and Marketing Management (CTIM2), School of Business and Engineering, Halmstad University, Box 823, S-301 18 Halmstad, Sweden. ' Centre for Technology, Innovation and Marketing Management (CTIM2), School of Business and Engineering, Halmstad University, Box 823, S-301 18 Halmstad, Sweden. ' Centre for Technology, Innovation and Marketing Management (CTIM2), School of Business and Engineering, Halmstad University, Box 823, S-301 18 Halmstad, Sweden

Abstract: Product Development (PD) in Small and Medium-sized Firms (SMEs) is a long-neglected research area, and little cumulative work has been conducted previously. The purpose of this paper is to provide a first overview of the area of PD in SMEs. In doing so, we draw upon a sample of 149 peer-reviewed research papers selected from an initial sample of 5694 papers. The review provides tentative answers to issues such as the analytical and methodological approaches of the papers, which topics or areas of research have been focused on by previous scholars, and what kinds of topics that are well covered.

Keywords: product development; SMEs; small and medium-sized enterprises; literature review.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTIP.2008.020099

International Journal of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2008 Vol.4 No.3, pp.299 - 325

Available online: 26 Aug 2008 *

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