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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 2)
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Barriers to Innovation among Iranian SMEs

Aminreza Kamalian, Maryam Rashki and Mah Lagha Arbabi
Corresponding Author:  Maryam Rashki 

Key words:  Barriers to innovation and SMEs, innovation, Iran, , , ,
Vol. 3 , (2): 79-90
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2010 November, 11 2011 January, 20 2011 May, 15
Abstract:

The importance of innovation in organizations' competitiveness is an undeniable fact. Innovations reflect a critical way in which organizations respond to either technological or market challenges. Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) constitute 94% of Iranian firms. According to Iran statistic website the value added of 94% of Iranian firms is just about 10% of the whole value added in country. This study assumes the lag of innovation is the reason of uncompetitive nature of Iranian SMEs. This study reports on the results of a study that examined barriers to firmsí innovation among a sample of 86 managers of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Iran. Findings of the study show that the most significant barriers are associated with costs, whereas the least significant are associated with lag of information. The survey results show that Iranian SMSs are not collaborating with universities and higher education institutions; they do not see university as a main source of information. Then it is not a surprising point that 29.0% unemployment rate is reported in 2009 however 50% of studied SMEs reported lack of skilled labour as a barrier to innovation.
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Aminreza Kamalian, Maryam Rashki and Mah Lagha Arbabi, 2011. Barriers to Innovation among Iranian SMEs.  Asian Journal of Business Management, 3(2): 79-90.
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