Typologies of Innovation in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Norway11 nov 2012
NIFU-rapport 1996:04. This paper asks whether we can find regularities, or typologies, of innovation within the extremely complex mix of small firms which is found in all market economies. The population of firms in advanced economies usually consists of a relatively small number of large enterprises – which are responsible for a relatively large share of output, employment and R&D – and very large numbers of SMEs. Policy-makers are interested in SMEs for two main reasons. First, the SME sector is, in many OECD economies, a net job creator. Second, it is often argued that SMEs are actual or potential sources of radical innovation and growth. At the same time, SMEs may face problems and obstacles which justify policy support.