The French National Innovation System: An International Comparison from the Small Firms' Perspective

TitleThe French National Innovation System: An International Comparison from the Small Firms' Perspective
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2008
Tertiary AuthorsReboud, S, Mazzarol, T, Volery, T
Conference NameRecontres, St Gallen Switzerland
PublisherSwiss Research Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (KMU) University of St Gallen
Conference LocationSt Gallen, Switzerland
Keywordscase studies, innovation management, national innovation systems, small firms
Abstract

This study examines the national innovation system of France and focuses on the innova-tion practices of small firms. It compares the perceptions of senior managers from small, innovator firms in France with those from Australia and Switzerland. The role of government in supporting small firms in their commercialisation was also highlighted as being important. Consistent with the findings from earlier studies the central role of leading customers in influencing the decision to pro-ceed with an investment in an innovation was also highlighted.

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