Title: Knowledge networks in innovation among small KIBS firms

Authors: Jukka Siikonen, Jarkko Pellikka, Hannu Littunen

Addresses: Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Opistotie 2, FI-70100 Kuopio, Finland. ' Skenar Oy, Kasarmikatu 8 A 12, FI-70211 Kuopio, Finland. ' Department of Health and Social Management, University of Eastern Finland, P.O. Box 1627, FI-70211 Kuopio, Finland

Abstract: Supporting the commercialisation processes in small knowledge-intensive firms has been a primary objective of both national and regional innovation policies. This study provides empirical evidence of the external collaboration during commercialisation processes based on a survey of 213 small knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) firms. The findings show that these firms have used two types of network relationships for their innovation creation and commercialisation: 1) knowledge network relationships with national organisations; 2) knowledge network relationships with regional organisations. Based on these classifications, policy implications and recommendations for both policy-makers and small KIBS managers are provided.

Keywords: knowledge-intensive business services; KIBS; small business; external collaboration; national innovation; regional innovation; small firms; commercialisation; knowledge networks; national organisations; regional organisations.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIRD.2011.042188

International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development, 2011 Vol.3 No.5, pp.515 - 534

Available online: 31 Aug 2011 *

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