The processes of innovation among rural manufacturing SMEs: externalities and beyond

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/301604
Title:
The processes of innovation among rural manufacturing SMEs: externalities and beyond
Authors:
Ochieng, Moses Oguta
Abstract:
This study explored the processes of innovation among innovative rural manufacturing SMEs by using the narratives of the owner/mangers of case study firms and other actors involved in the innovation process. This was consistent with the ontology of critical realism that was selected which entailed the use of case study method as a tool for data collection. This study makes a number of incremental rather than radical contributions to innovation theory and our understanding of innovation among rural Manufacturing SMEs. The results of this study shows the importance of opinions of owner/managers in the measurement of innovation considering that the majority were either unaware of the need to register their innovation and the lack of support organizations in rural areas who can advice SMEs on the need for patents and the registration process. Regarding the characteristics of innovation in rural areas, the results showed that rural innovative SMEs are likely to be relatively strong in innovations where effects of scale are not yet important but where they can make use of their flexibility and proximity to market demand. The results of this study showed that SMEs received ideas for their innovations from various sources located both within and outside the case study area. The firms then used different approaches to develop their innovations including internalised design and externalised manufacturing, externalised design and internalised manufacturing, and internalised both design and manufacturing. Lastly, rurality did not appear to constrain the processes of innovation since SMEs had developed strategies that enabled them to adapt and adjust to their rural environment in order to remain innovative.
Citation:
Ochieng, M.O. (2006) 'The processes of innovation among rural manufacturing SMEs: externalities and beyond'. PhD thesis. University of Bedfordshire.
Publisher:
University of Bedfordshire
Issue Date:
2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/301604
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Description:
A thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the University of Luton
Appears in Collections:
PhD e-theses

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dc.contributor.authorOchieng, Moses Ogutaen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-16T09:59:26Z-
dc.date.available2013-09-16T09:59:26Z-
dc.date.issued2006-
dc.identifier.citationOchieng, M.O. (2006) 'The processes of innovation among rural manufacturing SMEs: externalities and beyond'. PhD thesis. University of Bedfordshire.en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/301604-
dc.descriptionA thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy of the University of Lutonen_GB
dc.description.abstractThis study explored the processes of innovation among innovative rural manufacturing SMEs by using the narratives of the owner/mangers of case study firms and other actors involved in the innovation process. This was consistent with the ontology of critical realism that was selected which entailed the use of case study method as a tool for data collection. This study makes a number of incremental rather than radical contributions to innovation theory and our understanding of innovation among rural Manufacturing SMEs. The results of this study shows the importance of opinions of owner/managers in the measurement of innovation considering that the majority were either unaware of the need to register their innovation and the lack of support organizations in rural areas who can advice SMEs on the need for patents and the registration process. Regarding the characteristics of innovation in rural areas, the results showed that rural innovative SMEs are likely to be relatively strong in innovations where effects of scale are not yet important but where they can make use of their flexibility and proximity to market demand. The results of this study showed that SMEs received ideas for their innovations from various sources located both within and outside the case study area. The firms then used different approaches to develop their innovations including internalised design and externalised manufacturing, externalised design and internalised manufacturing, and internalised both design and manufacturing. Lastly, rurality did not appear to constrain the processes of innovation since SMEs had developed strategies that enabled them to adapt and adjust to their rural environment in order to remain innovative.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Bedfordshireen_GB
dc.subjectN212 Creative Managementen_GB
dc.subjectinnovationen_GB
dc.subjectSMEsen_GB
dc.subjectsmall to medium-sized enterprisesen_GB
dc.subjectmanufacturingen_GB
dc.subjectrural businessen_GB
dc.titleThe processes of innovation among rural manufacturing SMEs: externalities and beyonden
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevelPhDen
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Bedfordshireen_GB
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