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Title: Firm characteristics, financial variables and types of innovation: influence in Spanish firms' survival

Authors: Manuel Ángel Nogueira; Sara Fernández-López; Nuria Calvo; David Rodeiro-Pazos

Addresses: University of Santiago de Compostela, Avda. do Burgo, s/n., 15782, Santiago de Compostela, Spain ' University of Santiago de Compostela, Avda. do Burgo, s/n., 15782, Santiago de Compostela, Spain ' University of A Coruña, Campus de Elviña s/n., 15071 A Coruña, Spain ' University of Santiago de Compostela, Avda. do Burgo, s/n., 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Abstract: Much emphasis has been placed on the importance of firms' innovation to survive and prosper in today's economic environment. At the same time, it is generally accepted that innovation often increases the financial risk of firms and, as a result, their failure risk. Using a dataset of 148 Spanish SMEs, we analyse the impact of innovative activities on firms' survival over the period 2010-2012. The results show that the firms' financial performances have important effects on survival with regard to innovative activities: whereas commercial innovation keeps the firm away from bankruptcy, product innovation increases the survival chances of firms. The novelty of this research is the use of a systemic approach that interrelates financial variables, innovation and firm survival.

Keywords: firm survival; innovation; R&D; SMEs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIM.2018.089714

International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 2018 Vol.22 No.1/2, pp.57 - 79

Available online: 26 Jan 2018 *

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