This study investigates the links between product innovation and external collaboration and between future product innovation and past abandonment in small and medium sized firms. Our findings from 449 manufacturing firms indicated firms that sought ideas or solutions from an external network such as suppliers, or business partners reported higher levels of new product introduction than firms without any external collaboration. Further, firms with past abandonment experiences reported higher levels of new product introduction than firms without such experience. Additionally, the findings indicated that firms with external collaboration were more likely to introduce new products even if they had previously experienced abandonment of a product innovation than firms without external collaboration. Implications, limitations and future research are outlined.
|Title of host publication||24th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference : Managing for Unknowable Futures|
|Place of Publication||Adelaide|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference: Managing for Unknowable Futures - Adelaide, Australia|
Duration: 8 Dec 2010 → 10 Dec 2010
Conference number: 24
|Conference||Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference|
|Period||8/12/10 → 10/12/10|
- Small and Medium Enterprises
Matthews, J. H., & Sawang, S. (2010). External collaboration for innovation can alleviate the effect between the past innovation abandonment and future innovation introduction among SMEs. In 24th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference : Managing for Unknowable Futures Adelaide.