Innovation antecedents: Comparative research on large firms and SMEs in Turkey

Tufan Koc*

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The aim of this paper is to analyze the differences in innovation antecedents between large firms and SMEs. An empirical study including 202 companies in total, 92 SMEs and 110 large firms in manufacturing industry was carried out. The study reveals that efforts to achieve incorporation of innovation antecedents must take account of the effect of organizational size and should not promote an innovation program that includes standard innovation applications. The findings also indicate that large firms can control the antecedents that require greater resources particularly related to finance and skill such as innovation budget, skill level and variety and innovation culture to be innovative. On the other hand SMEs can control antecedents better that lie mostly in behavioral characteristics such as participation and ease of communication within the firm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)547-558
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial Engineering : Theory Applications and Practice
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Idea generation
  • Innovation antecedents
  • Large firms
  • SMEs
  • Technology acquisition
  • Technology strategy


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