Exporting and innovation performance: analysis of the Annual Small Business Survey in the UK

Añón Higón, Dolores and Driffield, Nigel (2011). Exporting and innovation performance: analysis of the Annual Small Business Survey in the UK. International Small Business Journal, 29 (1), pp. 4-24.

Abstract

This paper analyses the determinants of the export propensity of UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based on the 2004 Annual Small Business Survey. Particular emphasis is placed upon the relationship between innovation activities (distinguishing product from process innovation) and export performance. In general the data suggest that some 17 per cent of firms within this group sell outside the UK. Businesses that export are also characterized by high levels of innovation activity (43 per cent of exporters innovate in products, 27 per cent innovate in process and 21 per cent innovate in both). When considering product and process innovation independently we find that both impact positively on the decision to export. However, once we consider the interdependence between both innovation activities, we find no robust evidence that process innovation increases the probability to export beyond product innovation.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0266242610369742
Divisions: Aston Business School > Economics finance & entrepreneurship
Aston Business School
Uncontrolled Keywords: export,UK,small enterprises,medium-sized enterprises,SMEs,2004 Annual Small Business Survey,innovation activities,export performance,process innovation,product innovation,Business and International Management
Full Text Link: http://isb.sage ... 29/1/4.abstract
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
Published Date: 2011-02
Authors: Añón Higón, Dolores
Driffield, Nigel

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