SME Cooperation on Innovation & Growth

Tove Brink, Mette Neville

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The research in this paper reveals how cooperation of SMEs can enable innovation and growth. The research is conducted in a four-year period with 24 SMEs participating from different industry branches. The research is now in the late part of the 3rd. year starting in 2013 and finished January 2017. Preliminary findings are revealed here and discussed with the SMEs.

Shorter-term cooperation and especially longer-term collaboration is important for SMEs to enable innovation and growth. The content of collaboration is based on the cross-disciplinary trinity of organisational- and managerial development, business model development and financial development. The trinity requires time to get the specific insight on application for each SME. An enhanced contribution is made to the field of SMEs, to academia and to public bodies to understand the needed initiatives to support SMEs for innovation and growth for the benefit of all.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 16th Annual European Marketing Academy Conference
Publication date1. Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1. Jun 2016
Event16th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management: Manageable Cooperation? - Université Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne, Paris, France
Duration: 31. May 20164. Jun 2016


Conference16th Annual Conference of the European Academy of Management
LocationUniversité Paris-Est Créteil Val de Marne


  • small and medium size companies (SME)
  • Growth
  • Innovation
  • Cooperation


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