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The Innovatioin Show 2014

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Territorial Intelligence and Entrepreneurial City


December 15, 2014, From 2pm to 5pm

Cité des Sciences (Salle Agora), 30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, 75019 Paris


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  • Market & Organizations

Title: International development strategies of firms

  • Special issue: Journal of Innovation Economics & Management

Title: Frugal innovation: questioning for the economics of innovation and key challenges for the protection of intellectual property

Title: Science, research and society: the impact of innovation and standardisation of Knowledge production

Title: New approaches to innovation and knowledge management: interaction, collaboration, openness

Title: Re-examining creativity in entrepreneurship

  • Collection Business & Innovation, Peter Lang

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Editorial by RNI, December 2014

“Why Low-tech entrepreneurship matters”, by Sophie Reboud*, Tim Mazzarol**

Both academic and professional literature suggest that significant differences exist between the low-tech firms and their high-tech counterparts in relation to the number and type of innovations generated and how such firms manage the process of commercialisation. On the other hand, limited scale and resources encourages small firms to adopt more informal processes for organising their activities, utilising personal ties and social networks, and taking advice from non-traditional sources such as friends who are also in business. This seems particularly true in low to mid-tech sectors.

Despite the relative importance of low to mid-tech firms, much of the focus of government policy is upon high-tech industries or what has been referred to as ‘the Silicon Valley Business Model’. More and more studies actually show that the traditional high-tech ‘Silicon Valley’ venture capital funded business model is not the only approach adopted by small firms seeking to innovate and many small innovative firms are growing without major external funding. There is thus a strong case for ‘ordinary SMEs’ to innovate with more modest, self-funded innovations and still make a sound contribution to the national economy. But although innovation is supposed to take several forms (including organisation innovation for example), it is almost always measured based on product innovation only, leading to a systematic underestimation of the production of innovations by small and low-tech firms.

The ability of many small firms to successfully engage in innovation and commercialisation is however often restricted by their lack of resources, weak or unsystematic marketing and management competencies, and inadequate use of appropriate third party advisors. Despite several decades of research into the management of innovation it remains however difficult to identify clear or consistent findings, or even a coherent set of advice for managers on this matter. Yet findings demonstrate that small firms can be active innovators in spite of their limited scale and resources.

Funding for innovation for instance is largely derived from retained profits with little interest shown in equity financing in low tech sectors. Low-tech product innovators differ also from their high-tech counterparts in terms of their structure, market orientation and need for external financing. High-tech firms are often more focused on building their market share and have a greater need for external financing. The balance between scientific, technical areas and financial and marketing skills, while clearly valuable in all industries, may be less common in small firms in low-tech sectors. Nonetheless the success of new ventures in low tech sectors can rely heavily on the capacity of adaption and anticipation of their managers. Small low-tech firms are engaged in a view of the future where they were seeking support and pre-commitments from customers. The basis for taking action towards the commercialisation of these innovations is often intuitive.

Due to a number of reasons, from the difficulties of measuring innovation to the lower visibility of more incremental innovation, low-tech entrepreneurship and the innovative activity of low-tech SMEs are often underestimated. Even if a huge part of the economic activity is carried out by small low-tech firms all over the world, high tech ventures are more visible and more supported by governments.

More and more studies suggest that there is a high level of innovation activity taking place among small firms that may not be Gazelles or associated with traditional high-technology sectors. It seems therefore that more work needs to be done to develop a robust and universally applicable taxonomy for small firms engaged in innovation. More work is needed to fully develop this understanding, but it is clear that there must be greater recognition of the SME Ordinaire within academic and policy circles.

*Groupe ESC Dijon Bourgogne, France, Research Network on Innovation,
**University of Western Australia,

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Call for papers


Special issue: Journal of Innovation Economics & Management

Title: Frugal innovation: questioning for the economics of innovation and key challenges for the protection of intellectual property

  • Submission of an abstract: January 15, 2015

Title: Science, research and society: the impact of innovation and standardisation of Knowledge production

  • Submission of an abstract: January 15, 2015

Title: New approaches to innovation and knowledge management: interaction, collaboration, openness



There will be 2 issues: 1 in English & 1 in French. Pour télécharger l’appel à communications pour la revue Innovations. Revue d’économie et de management de l’innovation :



Title: International development strategies of firms

Coordinated by Laurice Alexandre-Leclair

  • Deadline for submissio: March31, 2015

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