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Entrepreneurial Knowledge, Technology and the Transformation of Regions by Roger Stough, Börje Johansson, Charlie Karlsson

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4 Open innovation profiles in Italian manufacturing companies

Maria Crema, Chiara Verbano and Karen Venturini

 

Abstract

In recent years, researchers have investigated the new paradigm of open innovation (OI), analysing various aspects, such as the determinants, changes in the innovation process, impact on performance, and barriers to the development of this approach. Nevertheless, the vast majority of empirical analyses have been focused on small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

This chapter's objective is to identify and characterize different profiles of openness towards the external environment, and it has been conducted on Italian manufacturing firms, a context which is highly characterized by SMEs. A survey was carried out and a database ...

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