Small firm-large firm relationships and the implications for small firm innovation: what do we know?

Small firm-large firm relationships and the implications for small firm innovation: what do we know?
Document type
Conference Paper
Author(s)
James, Andrew; Gee, Sally; Love, James
Publisher
British Academy of Management
Date of publication
9 September 2014
Series
British Academy of Management Conference Proceedings 2014
Subject(s)
Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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[Authors' original abstract]

This paper provides a review of existing research on small firm-large firm (SF-LF) interactions for innovation structured around a new typology of linkages. Such linkages are important in local and global supply chains and in terms of public policy initiatives in areas such as procurement. The typology distinguishes between Supply-chain or vertical relationships which originate with the flow of material goods but which also create opportunities for innovation; and, knowledge creation and exchange or horizontal relationships that are created specifically to co-produce or access the knowledge necessary for innovation. Significant case-study and supply-chain analysis does exist but broader econometric or statistical analysis of SF-LF interactions is limited, in part due to limitations in most innovation surveys such as the Community Innovation Surveys. The review leads to an agenda for future research.

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