Enhancing SME innovation performance: results from a multi-actor perspective

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Innovation is a challenge for many SME entrepreneurs, but it is extremely important for both the company's performance and the growth of the regional economy. This dissertation investigates from different perspectives what enables SMEs in the manufacturing industry to come up with successful innovations. This research shows that innovation subsidies are an effective means of ensuring that employees become more structurally involved in innovation. In addition, the ability to recognize and use relevant knowledge from the environment is essential for successfully innovating services. Finally, the thesis demonstrates which customer wishes, depending on the business strategy, SME entrepreneurs must take into account when they enter the market with innovations.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Odekerken - Schröder, Gaby, Supervisor
  • Letterie, Wilko, Co-Supervisor
  • van Gils, Anita, Co-Supervisor
Award date28 Feb 2019
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461829412
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Innovation
  • SMEs
  • Subsidies
  • customer wishes
  • business strategy


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