Title: Attributes of innovative companies in diverse innovation typologies

Authors: Michael Lewrick; Robert Raeside

Addresses: School of Management, Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ, UK. ' School of Management, Edinburgh Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ, UK

Abstract: The subject of the study reported in this paper is the exploration of companies' attributes, which discuss the impact of core companies' characteristics towards innovation in diverse innovation typologies, for both incremental and radical innovations. The study of companies in a high technology cluster confirms that innovation drives business performance, and it also outlines, which organisational attributes drive radical innovations. These include attributes associated with product centricity, internationalisation, bottom-up strategies and the degree of centrality in interorganisational networks. The impact of organisational characteristics in different industry sectors is also analysed.

Keywords: organisational characteristics; innovation typologies; regression analysis; innovation performance; performance assessment; company attributes; innovative companies; diverse typologies; core characteristics; incremental innovations; radical innovations; high technology clusters; hi-tech industries; business performance; product centricity; internationalisation; bottom-up strategies; centrality; interorganisational networks; industrial sectors; Munich; Germany; entrepreneurship; innovation management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2012.046598

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2012 Vol.15 No.3, pp.159 - 176

Received: 19 Jan 2009
Accepted: 30 Sep 2009

Published online: 18 Apr 2012 *

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