Title: Institutional support system for the development of SME innovation

Authors: Renata Lisowska; Robert Stanis?awski

Addresses: Faculty of Management, Department of Entrepreneurship and Industrial Policy, University of Lodz, Matejki 22/26, 90-237 Lodz, Poland ' Faculty of Organization and Management, Department of European Integration and International Marketing, Technical University of Lodz, ul. Wólcza?ska 21590-924 Lodz, Poland

Abstract: The development of innovativeness in small and medium enterprises (SME) is one of the main indicators of their competitiveness. The companies that do not carry out innovative activity are not capable of taking advantage of market opportunities or meet strong competition. The market is one of the key factors determining the possibility to introduce innovative solutions in the SME. These companies more and more frequently undertake measures that are aimed at increasing their capability to create innovative products or organisational solutions. The most important role (in this process) is played by support institutions system.

Keywords: small and medium-sized enterprises; SME innovation; SMEs; innovation needs; support systems; SME cooperation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2014.064734

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2014 Vol.16 No.3, pp.319 - 337

Published online: 23 Sep 2014 *

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